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    I have recently been diagnosed with endometriosis. While still under the lingering influence of general anesthesia in the recovery room, my ob/gyn said that our "best bet" for conception would be to have in vitro fertilization.

    I have concerns about in vitro, but don't know enough to make any kind of informed decision yet. We are yet to meet with the doc for the post-op appointment and she also mentioned scheduling us with an in vitro specialist.

    However, I often believe that the best information can be gathered from personal experience from real people. Did you or someone you know have in vitro? Tell me about it.... I'm listening.

    We are also looking in to acupuncture for treatment of the endometriosis and to assist fertility. Any thoughts on acupuncture or alternative medicine?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Your thoughts/experiences with in vitro?

    I know many many friends who went that very expensive route. Even after spending tens of thousands of dollars trying to go invitro, it's still a hit or miss proposition.

    I also know of those same friends who after the stress of TRYING to get pregnant, and after just having sex for the fun of it...guess what! Pregnant without even trying.

    Stress kills. Don't plan on having kids and Murphy's law will dictate that you will have them. Plan on a family and the stress will inhibit you from having kids. Yeah look who's talking...hey none of my kids were planned and all were accidents despite practicing safe sex. Let's see two in college, one a junior in high school, two in elementary and one still pooping in his diapers.
    Yeah I can vouch for dat.
    Life is what you make of it...so please read the instructions carefully.

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      Re: Your thoughts/experiences with in vitro?

      if you decide to go that route, dr kosasa is very well known and respected in the field. his practice is in the kapiolani medical center for women and children.

      you can read about him and the pacific in vitro fertilization institute here:

      http://www.midweek.com/coverstory/coverstory020905.html

      http://www.pacificinvitro.com/about.htm

      good luck with whatever route you choose!
      525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?

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        Re: Your thoughts/experiences with in vitro?

        Originally posted by craigwatanabe
        Stress kills. Don't plan on having kids and Murphy's law will dictate that you will have them. Plan on a family and the stress will inhibit you from having kids. Yeah look who's talking...hey none of my kids were planned and all were accidents despite practicing safe sex. Let's see two in college, one a junior in high school, two in elementary and one still pooping in his diapers.
        Yeah I can vouch for dat.
        Oh wow and all boys too right? I'm going towards five months pregnant with my third *and last* child and I just found out I'm having another boy. Three for me now! The ultrasound tech seemed sure of it and I'M 99% sure after seeing two of those thingys on ultrasound myself before. How do you do it??? I'm always wondering what on earth I'm going to do with three boys? But I feel blessed and I know I'll be fine but wow, three now.....

        And Donna, I'm definitely no expert on in vitro but doesn't one have to take Clomid when undergoing that? I know Clomid = mulitple children at one time in a lot of cases. How do you feel about twins or more??? Well, I'll definitely send you all my baby dust after I have this one.

        Wishing you LOTS of good luck!

        *edit* Wait, no I don't think Clomid and IVF goes together. I just think it's another option. Nevermind! Late at night AND pregnancy brain! Yes, I'll blame it on that!
        Last edited by Lei K; January 5, 2006, 11:18 PM.
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          Re: Your thoughts/experiences with in vitro?

          Donna, Many, many years ago...my husband and I had a hard time getting pregnate. My OB/GYN put me on "Clomid." I conceived. My son was born on October 15, 1978. Again, we wanted another child. Back on "Clomid"...my daughter was born on October 22, 1982.

          While in Vallego, California I was rushed to E.R. they thought I had a bad case of a viral infection. Come to find out ~ I was pregnate with my daughter, Christy-Lynn (Non-Clomid baby) born on Feb. 4, 1984!

          Auntie Lynn
          Be AKAMAI ~ KOKUA Hawai`i!
          Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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            Re: Your thoughts/experiences with in vitro?

            Thanks, everyone, for the great information! I guess it will be an adventurous time to come on the road to parenthood (hopefully!)...

            craigwatanabe: I've heard about this before -- when you least expect it, you conceive! Perhaps the stress of trying somehow makes the boys swim funny! Perhaps we should take a "year off" and not worry about whether it happens or not, and see what surprises may come?

            shaveice: Thanks for the links! I will definitely be checking them out! And it's nice to know who has a reputation here in the islands. Mahalo!

            LeiKaina & Auntie Lynn: The doc didn't mention clomid, but perhaps this might be an alternative to in vitro... I guess I'll find out more at my post-op appointment.

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