brooklynesque...could you explain for me what you mean by "egg maturity issue"...do you think your eggs don't get big enough before they rupture the follicle?
Can I also ask what kind of stims you used?
I know it's hard to be optimistic, but I'll be optimistic for you! Hang in there and good luck with this cycle!
Hi, PPL. We know that in IVF cycles, at least, my eggs generally don't mature -- they don't progress to the stage where they could fertilize. "Mature" can be a misleading word, though. It can mean I haven't stimmed long enough, or that the trigger didn't fully ripen my eggs in the previous 36 hours, or it could mean that something about the protocol itself damaged my eggs so they can't make it through the final stage of development. It could also mean I just have really bad eggs. Or some combination of the above.
My doctor told me that she suspects an issue for me might be my reaction to the trigger shot. I think she may be right -- I used to temp through IUI cycles and my temperature wouldn't rise until the day after you'd think it would if I had ovulated when I was supposed to. There's a chance that my eggs mature normally if given enough time after trigger (who knows). So that's one reason we decided to try the b2b IUIs this month and to test my progesterone. (That, and I had leftover stims and Crinone from previous cycles so the drugs were practically free.)
Not sure how to convert this theory/knowledge for use in an IVF cycle, though. In IVF if you guess wrong and wait more than 36-38 hours post-trigger when you really O on time, you risk getting no eggs at all. But for me given my track record that may not be much of a risk.