Monday, January 22, 2007

Liftoff

Just a quick note on my baseline scan:
- suppression: ok!
- antral follicles: similar amount as last time

I may start stimming this Thursday (I had hoped sooner, say today, but a few days won't make the difference.)

Daily dose is 150 units of G0nal-F.
Is that a very low dose? I had expected 225 units as a starting dose, don't remember if my dr. mentioned this number before or whether I picked it up elsewhere.
When I asked how this compared to my Men0pur dose, he said it was a bit lower than the 3 vials I ended up using, though they reckon G0nal-F is more potent. We'll see.

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25 Comments:

At 22 January, 2007 21:23, Blogger squarepeg said...

Yea!!! Hopefully this will finally be it for you! I don't know about Gonal-F dosing, but I know I'll start at 150U follistim (are the units comparable?)

Anyway, good luck!!

 
At 22 January, 2007 22:41, Blogger ms. c said...

I don't know anything concerning Gonal-F, but like square peg, if the doses are similar to Puregon/Follistim then 150 is a good starting point.
I want to wish you much luck and peace through this cycle. Keep us posted!!

 
At 22 January, 2007 23:13, Anonymous Margo said...

I know nothing about gonal-F, but I wish you all the best with this cycle. Good luck!

 
At 23 January, 2007 00:23, Blogger Carol said...

Congrats on starting.

Yes, 150 sounds low to me. I think the low end that my RE starts people on is 225.

 
At 23 January, 2007 00:43, Blogger Sparkle said...

I think if it's a more potent drug than Puregon etc., then 150 is a good place to start. They can easily put the dose up once you start getting E2 results. Don't forget you're still a young 'un and they want to be careful not to overstimulate.

 
At 23 January, 2007 01:23, Anonymous shazz said...

Honestly it depends on the person, I started on 150 not ended up with 2 embies next was put up to 225, ended up with 29 eggs then they dropped me to 185.7 and got 16 eggs then last cycle stayed the same and got 39 eggs........so ass you can see I think its if your boddy wants to play lol.
Good luck sweety!

 
At 23 January, 2007 01:41, Blogger Hopeful Mother said...

Great news on the suppression check! I am excited for you to get going again.

I think 150 is a pretty low dose - my very first cycle we started with 225 for the first 3 days, then 150 thereafter. (This was with me being a 30-yr-old with no other stim. experience to base it on.)

But they are proabably trying to keep you out of the OHSS zone, and basing it on what you did last time, which if I remember right, resulted in a good number of eggs. (Just none of that perky fertilization stuff.) I'm not sure if the Men0pur vs. G0nal-F will really make any difference, but it can't hurt to try, really.

Here's hoping that you have an ultra-smooth cycle with a very happy ending.

 
At 23 January, 2007 03:27, Blogger My Reality said...

It is good to see that things are starting off right with this cycle.

 
At 23 January, 2007 04:59, Blogger Tinker said...

My RE has mentioned on a couple of occasions that 150IU is the standard starting dose for IVF. He likely would've had me taking the same had I not asked for him to be more aggressive (I'll be on 225IU *plus* 75IU LH after having had no more than 100IU for COH), so I hope my ovaries don't freak out like shazz's.

 
At 23 January, 2007 06:27, Blogger Bea said...

150 is a pretty standard starting dose (gonal F and puregon are functionally the same). On 150 I got OHSS and my sister's colleague got cancelled with poor response. But you've done stims before, so you're more likely to get it right.

Bea

 
At 23 January, 2007 10:48, Blogger Meri-ann said...

150 does sound kind of low, but then again I respond at 450 or 600- but the beauty of it is that if they're not happy with your first scan they can up your dose! We all respond differently and hopefully 150 will be perfect for you.

Good luck x

 
At 23 January, 2007 13:55, Anonymous Kath said...

Dear Lut, I am so happy to hear your baseline scan was so good. I unfortunately don't know anything about Gonal-F, but I do know a great deal about hoping my head off, and I am doing that for you.

 
At 23 January, 2007 15:15, Blogger Thalia said...

Sounds like a good starter dose to me, they can vary it in the first week or so if there are any issues (after that it doesnt' really have any effect).

My clinic starts on thursdays, too, to minimise the chance of weekend retrieval.

 
At 23 January, 2007 16:45, Blogger lucKy #2 said...

I always started and stayed at 150 units of Follistim. IMHO...I think it is smarter to start lower so you can increase if needed rather than start to high and have to cancel the cycle! Good luck.

 
At 23 January, 2007 22:42, Anonymous projgen said...

I'm pretty sure I was on 225u of Gonal-F, but I'm old and fat, so they wanted to dose me up good.

Okay, I'm not old and fat. I'm at the "higher end of the age range" and I needed to "lost about 20 pounds." Euphamisms are so much better, no?

Fingers crossed tightly for you!!

 
At 24 January, 2007 02:25, Blogger Kris said...

Good luck!

I'm also a Follistim user, and my first cycle they started me at 150 to judge how I responded. But, like the others, I don't know if the doses are comparable.

 
At 24 January, 2007 15:43, Blogger soralis said...

Good Luck!

 
At 24 January, 2007 17:45, Blogger ellie said...

I think 150 is typical for a starting dose and they can adjust it as they need to and as they see you progressing. I am a mega slow responder- so they started me on 600 the first night- totally freaked us out at first b/c we had to do it in 2 shots the pen didn't even go that high! But I didn't notice anything different and I have follies so I am cool. I now do 300-375 at night depends- they have a formula. No idea what their method is but it works so I am happy. I hope you do well this cycle! I am thinking the best for you.

 
At 25 January, 2007 09:30, Blogger Lara said...

Good Luck! I'm rooting for you! My donor will start the stims hopefully in a few days so we'll probably be pretty closely cycling together!

 
At 25 January, 2007 17:43, Blogger Just another Jenny said...

I used 150iu of gonal and ended up with 21 eggs. It is a fairly low does but hopefully that's all you need. Best of luck!

 
At 25 January, 2007 20:03, Blogger Millie said...

Best of luck with the cycle!

I think 150 is fairly standard for non-poor responders. They can easily up in if needed.

 
At 26 January, 2007 03:24, Blogger ninaB said...

It is on the low side, but it's good if they think that's all you need. Is this based on your previous response, and FSH?
I think 225 or 250 is a more 'typical' starting dose.

 
At 26 January, 2007 12:36, Blogger Ova Girl said...

Good luck Lut C, hope this is it for you. And...your blog looks gorgeous!

 
At 26 January, 2007 22:32, Blogger Susan said...

Hi Lut,
Thanks again for getting me onto cyclesistas.
From my perspective, starting low isn't such a bad thing... I started at 250 Follistim and am now down to 100.
Good luck, I'll be checking in.
Susan

 
At 27 January, 2007 10:05, Blogger katty said...

Hey. Good Luck, Lut.
I had to sniff for an extra six days because the clinic wouldn't let me stim on a Monday or Tuesday as they don't do weekend retrievals.
Hope all well...

 

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