Wed., June 15th at 10am we traveled to Dr. Larry King's office for our follow up appointment.
As soon as I walked in, Dr. Larry King asked me how I was truly doing. He really is a nice guy. I told him that I had my days. He said that we were average straight down the line as far as response to medicine and number of follicles. I finished his statement by stating that we just "fell on the wrong side of average when it came to the results." He agreed. The Doc pointed out that this happens all the time in the real world and people don't even know. He said that there could have been something wrong with the 2 embryos that stopped them from implanting...or it could have been nothing. There just isn't an answer.
As far as next steps, he said we could either do a frozen cycle with our 1 frozen embryo, or we could start all over with a fresh cycle. He said that the frozen cycle would be a lot easier on me, require less medicine and trips to his office (an hour away), and be significantly less expensive (around $2,500). Our other option would be to start all over with a fresh cycle, which would be the whole process all over again and another $8,700. In either case, we could begin the process as early as July, but he suggested waiting until at least August to let me heal mentally and physically.
The downside to a frozen cycle is that we only have 1 embryo. Doc pointed out that it would not be classified as a Grade 1 blast because it grew late, which diminishes our chances. Also, the process of freezing and thawing is hard on the embryo and there is a possibility that I get totally ready for the cycle, get on the table, and the 1 embryo doesn't make it through the thaw.
The downside to the fresh cycle is that it's hard on my body, there are no better chances for a 2nd time, and it is very expensive. The Doc did point out that if we don't end up with enough embryos with a fresh cycle, we could put the frozen one with the fresh ones. If we end up with too many to use during this next cycle, we could freeze them to put with the one we already have frozen to make for another cycle.
We asked the Dr if there was anything that he'd do differently if we tried another fresh cycle. He said that he had plenty of room to play with medicine dosage, so he'd probably increase the dose of Bravelle.
He told Hubby and I to think it over and take some time to figure out what we want to do.
What's your vote?