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Apr 03, 2005


stacie wright

I can certainly appreciate your frustration. I started my first attempt at IVF on 12/31/05 - my original start date was 12/3/05, but I was delayed a month due to an ovarian cyst found at my baseline ultrasound. My first attempt only produced 2 mature follicles. My cycle was converted to an IUI which was unsuccessful. I, too, took my medications as directed. I am 35 years old and my dose was 225 Gonal f. I was due to start another IVF cycle 2/18/06 with an increased dose of 375 Gonal f, but I have been delayed again. My baseline on Friday, 2/10/06 found 2 follicles on my left ovary. All is not "quiet". I go back for another baseline Friday, 2/17/06 and I hope that I will get the green light to start my IVF cycle soon. Don't give up - the end result far outweights all of this disappointment ....


wow. what happened. I just googled 'one follicle' because I produced one follicle this month for IUI on increased repronex. I had one follicle las month on one third the meds. then got cysts and have to wait. If you have any news, please let me know. None of my friends are going through this and I feel so isolated.


I am currently on day 6 of my IVF cycle and have been give two options. 1. To do the egg retreviel Friday, only 7 mature follicles and then freeze, resulting in my body catching up with my egg growth, then when my wall lining is better, do the transfer. #2. Cancel my cycle. I am 30 years old and this is my first attempt at IVF. Total I have about 19 folicles, but one that is too large and the docs are concerned they will be dropping like flies. I tossed and turned and have decided to CANCEL my cycle and start again. Knowing that I react so well to the meds, my doctor would keep me on a higher dose of Lupron and supress me for longer. We have opted for ICSY and want to wait the 5-days to transfer and with the rates I don't want to be left with nothing... I just feel having both options of fresh and frozen embroys give me and my hubby the best possible change.


i don't usu read "blogs" but i enjoyed your writing.
( i read your piece because i'm going to try ivf)



I am also a one follicle producer on my first round of IVF... and the levels indicated that it was probaly empty! a poor responder I was told so I am now moving onto a diffent cocktail of drugs...on a flare treatment programme hoping for more next time!!1


Hello ladies- I have not yet written on a blog, but I figure it is about time to- I am 39 years old (40 in April) and I am prepping for my 3rd IVF. I am on day 10 with only 1 follicle. I am on the highest dose meds- Gonal F 300 and Repronex 4 vials- patch protocol. My background with IUI and IVF - abbreviated version-goes like this-

1st IUI missed due to ovulating very early
2nd IUI unsuccessful
3rd "

1st IVF didn't respond to meds- canceled converted to IUI unsuccessful


3rd IVF BFP!!! successful! Pregnant 3 months- had missed misscarriage then D&C (turners syndrome)

3rd IVF on day 10 with only 1 folli- On day 11 today and had emergency acupuncture last night have a prenatal massage this afternoon. I will go in tomorrow for u/s and blood. I am usually a slow responder, but should have @2-4 folli's by now from past experience. I hope I don't have to convert, but I am getting used to the dissapointment unfortunately. It gets to a point that all you can do is smile and say, "It's alright, it will happen, we just have a longer journey than most"


Talk about a long journey...I won't bore you with details, but now I am at day 8 of my first IVF series. I have 5 small follicles and they are calling it a slow start (even though I am on high doses) and are encouraging me to cancel and retry the next cycle with different drugs. What do you think? What shall we do?


Hi there, came across this story as I am 34, on my first and only ivf, on the flare protocol and on day 8 I have only one follicle ( I.e. Not responding at all to meds..). My doc, private, has offered me the option to proceed with the treatment and see what happens. I don't intend to try another ivf because I found out that my ovarian failure is related to a genetic condition. ..so am thinking of going for it with one egg...is that crazy? We realise it's unlikely to suceed, but perhaps there is even a tiny chance it may. Has anyone else considered going ahead with just one folli?


I a in the same situation as you. Only one follicle. I am 42, and this is our one and only IVF treatment - so our doctor advised us to go ahead with egg collection and hope for the best. I am not feeling very hoprful, but know I will regret it if we don't go on. Hope this helps you.


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Would love to know what happened to ladies with only one egg? Did anyone win the lottery? :-)

I'm on the same boat, tiny chance, big hopes...


I had one egg on the day 7 and doctors called it off, I went to a different doctor on day 10 for second opinion and had four ( I was not on medication by then ) so i guess you could develop some later but my doctors did not want to take chances, I had 600 IU a day, doctors suggested me have higher dosage of 900 IU and do another try. However my fist try was 6200 without insurance and estimate for the next step of meds along was 9200. So we could not afford that and had to give up an idea, I was devictated


well, very vivid description of some of the memories we had.
We are doing our 8th trial, wish us luck. since 2001 we have been in that boat with no success. The first time I have to admit was the hardest on both of us. although we had 16 eggs and 8 follicles still did not work. Now we are lucky if we get 5 eggs and 3 follicles survive to day 5.

we will keep trying until the lights are out ! wish us luck!

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I am so grateful to you for your expertise, patience and perseverance in helping me resolve this problem.

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Adoption To-Do's


    Total Expenses So Far: $21,531

    Select country (Korea) (11/14/05)

    Select agency (11/17/05)

    Tell our families

    Receive preliminary application

    Preliminary App filed (12/5/05):

    • Fill in application
    • Photo of us, photo of house
    • Write medical statement, elaborating on treatment for depression
    • Line up four non-relative references
    • One copy of tax returns from past three years
    • Pay $200 fee
    • Notarized adoption services agreement $10
    • Fedex to Agency $15

    Receive Big App (12/15/05)

    Receive Korea Adoption Guidebook

    Home Study Paperwork: (1/19/06)

    • S: Complete "Personal Data" form with 67 essay questions
    • S: 1 photocopy birth certificate
    • S: Complete Authorization of Release of Information - Employer Verification
    • S: Criminal Record Statement
    • S: LiveScan fingerprint form (for State of California: criminal and child abuse index)
    • S: Schedule LiveScan fingerprinting appointments
    • S: LiveScan fingerprints done, pay $65
    • S: Medical Exam, including HIV and TB tests
    • S: Medical Report filled out by doctor
    • T: Complete 51 essay question "Personal Data" form
    • T: 1 photocopy birth certificate
    • T: Complete Authorization of Release of Information - Employer Verification
    • T: Criminal Record Statement
    • T: LiveScan fingerprint form (for State of California: criminal and child abuse index)
    • T: Schedule LiveScan fingerprinting appointments
    • T: LiveScan fingerprints done, pay $65
    • T: Medical Exam, including HIV and TB tests
    • T: Medical Report filled out by doctor
    • Complete detailed Financial Statement
    • 1 photocopy marriage license
    • Photo of baby's room
    • Map & directions to home
    • Copy all, keep for records
    • FedEx packet to agency, $15 (1/12/06)
    All 4 non-relative references return 3-page, 10-essay questionnaires directly to agency (1/28/06)

    Home Study Part 2: (4/3/2006)

    • Receive & pay invoice for home study $3066 (2/1/06)
    • Schedule social worker visits (2/10/06)
    • Childproof house (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, outlet covers) $40
    • Social worker visit #1 (joint) (2/21/06)
    • Acceptable Medical Conditions Form (2/27/06)
    • From that details how "open" an adoption we are willing to consider  (2/27/06)
    • Social worker visit #2 (S only) (2/28/06)
    • Social worker visit #3 (T only) (2/28/06)
    • Sign up for module 1 & 2 of parenting class
    • Book travel for parenting class in Southern California
    • Modules 1 & 2 of agency parenting class (in SoCal) $500 (1/21/06)
    • Receive 2 completed, certified, notarized copies of Home Study (4/3/2006)

    Agency sends Home Study to Korea (HSTK) (4/7/2006)

    Sign up for modules 3 & 4 of agency parenting class

    Take modules 3 & 4 of agency parenting class (4/9/06)

    I-600A filed with US-CIS (Advanced Processing of Orphan Petition for Visa) (4/6/2006):

    • I-600A form
    • Copy certified Home Study
    • S: Photocopy of birth certificate
    • T: Photocopy of birth certificate
    • Photocopy of marriage license
    • Copy of most recent federal tax return
    • Proof of medical insurance
    • $545 fee + $140 for FBI fingerprints = $685
    • Cover letter
    • Copy all for records
    • Mail to US-CIS San Francisco

    FBI Fingerprinting:

    • US-CIS acknowledges receipt of I-600A (4/12/06)
    • FBI Fingerprinting appt. scheduled (different than LiveScan fingerprints)
    • FBI Fingerprinting completed, for each (4/28/06)

    Receive I-171H (Approval of I-600A) (5/11/06)

    Pick baby name

    Arrange for medical evaluation of referral

    Receive Referral (12/29/06)

    • Child's presentation letter
    • Child's information
    • Photographs
    • Medical records
    • Confidential background information

    Medical evaluation of Referral by Oakland Children's Hospital (1/10/2007)

    File Referral Acceptance Paperwork: ($140 + $12) (1/6/2007)

    • Child Information Transmittal
    • Pay invoice for $17,500
    • 3 Placement Agreements - all notarized
    • T: 4 Statements of Adoption (for child's Korean passport) - all notarized
    • 3 Travel Option forms
    • 1 Foreign Travel Release - notarized
    • T: 2 Affidavit re INS Vaccination Requirements
    • T: 2 I-864 Affidavit of Support for Immigration
    • S: 2 I-864A Contract between Sponsor and Household Member
    • Copy of entire last year tax return, with ALL attachments
    • Copy of all last year W-2 and 1099 forms
    • T: Photocopy of birth certificate (again)
    • S: Photocopy of birth certificate (again)
    • T: Copy of 2006 paystubs
    • S: Copy of 2006 paystubs
    • Photocopy of marriage license (again)
    • Photocopy everything for records
    • FedEx to agency (1/6/2007)

    Receive child's "legals" from Korea (in English & Korean): (1/22/2007)

    • Affirmation and Oath Certificate (attests these documents are true and correct)
    • Certificate of the Guardian (certifies Korean agency was guardian)
    • Statement of Guardianship (transfers guardianship from Korean agency to American agency)
    • Extract of Family Register (birth certificate equivalent)

    I-600 visa petition form filed w/ US-CIS: (1/25/2007)

    • I-600 form
    • Copy of I-171H
    • Copies of child's legals
    • Originals of child's legals, with note and SASE envelope requesting they be returned
    • Copy of child report
    • Copy of child photos
    • Copy of most recent 1040 tax form
    • Copy of I-864
    • Copy of I-864A
    • Letter with visa cable instructions
    • Fedex to US-CIS San Francisco $25

    Meanwhile, the Korean agency works away:

    • Our application is translated
    • Korean agency applies for Emigration Permit with Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare
    • Ministry approves Emigration Permit (aka "EP")
    • Agency gets I-171 (I-600 approval) cable from US Embassy in Seoul
    • Baby tested for Hepatitis B & HIV
    • Visa physical for baby
    • Submit application for baby's IR-4 Visa

    Resubmit our I-600 visa petition after US-CIS screws up (2/9/2007)

    Buy baby gear (3/17/07)

    Baby CPR & safety class (2/17/07)

    Line up a regular pediatrician (3/5/07)

    Line up a pediatric cardiologist (3/14/07)

    Investigate childcare options (3/17/07)

    Line up Daycare (5/25/07)

    Get on preschool waiting list (1/5/07)

    Setup nursery(3/19/07)

    Get life insurance for both

    Write wills with statements of guardianship wishes (both)

    Set up trust

    S: Get pre-approval family leave with HR (1/24/2007)

    Buy gifts for foster family, Korean agency staff (3/16/07)

    Make travel arrangements to Korea ($185 plus 240,000 frequent flyer miles) (3/13/07)

    Wrap-up job for a 15-week leave (3/12/07-3/16/07)

    Finalize leave plans with HR (3/15/07)

    Travel to Korea (3/19/07 - 3/25/07)

    • Meet both foster mothers (3/21/07, 3/22/07, 3/23/07)
    • In-Korea pre-flight medical exam (3/22/07)
    • Go to US Embassy in Seoul to process Class-B Waiver (acceptance of medical condition) 3/22/07
    • Get the final Visa paperwork (3/22/07)
    • Take custody of child! (3/23/07)
    • Long plane ride back to USA (3/25/07)

    USA Medical Evaluations

    • Add baby to my health insurance (3/28/07)
    • Evaluation by regular pediatrician (3/30/07)
    • US immunizations (3/30/07)
    • Evaluation by pediatric cardiologist (4/18/07)
    Receive Placement Confirmation Notice from Agency (3/28/06)

    Receive baby's Green Card in mail (4/16/07)

    Get social security number under baby's Korean Name as permanent resident (4/27/07)

    Receive post-placement packet in mail from Agency(4/15/07)

    Post-placement visits from social worker: (9/12/07)

    • Visit #1 (4/28/07)
    • Visit #2 (6/30/07)
    • Visit #3 (7/26/07)
    • Visit #4 (9/12/07)

    Create and file child "progress reports" with 8-18 photos each, for Korean agency and government, and a letter with photos for foster family (9/12/07)

    • 1-month progress report (4/28/07)
    • 3-month progress report (6/30/07)
    • 4-month progress report (7/26/07)
    • 6-month progress report (9/12/07)

    File US Physician's Examination Report with Agency (4/17/07)

    File Adoption Finalization Paperwork in our county in California (5/1/07) ($20)

    • Form ADOPT-200 (Adoption Request) (5/1/07)
    • Form ADOPT-210 (Adoption Agreement) (5/1/07)
    • Form ADOPT-215 (Adoption Order) (5/1/07)
    • Form ADOPT-230 (Adoption Expenses) (5/1/07)

    RE-File Finalization Paperwork the State changed in July '07 (ARGH!) (11/13/07)

    • Form ADOPT-210 (Adoption Agreement) (11/13/07)
    • Form ADOPT-215 (Adoption Order) (11/3/07)

    Finalize Adoption in County Court

    • Receive "Consent to Adoption" from agency (11/2/07)
    • Schedule court hearing (coming in December '07!)
    • Adoption finalization court hearing (Munchkin is now a US citizen, and his American name is now his legal name!)
    • Have a HUGE Party to celebrate!
    • Send agency/Korea copy of child's adoption decree (child is no longer considered a Korean citizen)
    • Send adoption announcements

    Secure proof of US citizenship for child:

    • Complete & file N-600 with US-CIS, pay fee
    • Receive Certificate of Citizenship
    • File passport application
    • Receive passport
    • Apply to SSA to get status changed from resident alien to citizen, SS# name changed (passport is proof)

    Start the process all over again for kid #2!