Sunday, September 11, 2011

Here in your (study) arms

Because I've gotten a couple questions regarding the two arms of the IVF clinical trial, I thought I would give some detail about them.

Arm A: Mini IVF

This arm consists of BCP + Clomid + 3 days of injects + Estrace + Prometrium. After ER and fertilization, they will freeze the embryos. The following cycle, they will do a FET, transferring one embryo.

Arm B: Conventional IVF

This arm consists of Lupron + Follistim/Menopur + PIO. After ER and fertilization, they will transfer 2 embryos that same cycle, and freeze the remaining.

Perks offered by both arms:
  • Free embryo freezing and storage.
  • If your first transfer does not result in a pregnancy, they will continue doing the transfers until either a) you run out of embryos, or b) 6 months passes.
  • Both arms will benefit from having ICSI and Assisted Hatching.

I have noticed that sometimes it happens where they end up freezing the embies in the conventional arm, and do a FET the following cycle. This seems to happen most often when the patient is overstimulated or hormone levels are wonky. They want the best environment for the embies.

As I have mentioned previously, I am sort of hoping to pull Arm B, as I'd love to have two embies transferred. But, I'd be incredibly happy and thankful for whichever arm I draw.


Also, if anyone is interested in getting into the clinical trial, the website is:


Artist: Hellogoodbye
Song: Here in your arms


  1. Either way you go...we're rooting for you!

  2. When do you find out which arm? They both sound great!

  3. I am new to reading your blog but I am rooting for you! I can't wait to read future posts.

  4. This looks awesome! Crossing my fingers for you.

  5. Very cool - thanks for sharing!


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