How We Did It for #1: Fertility Timeline and Braverman Protocol

Here, I am sharing my fertility timeline and successful Braverman Protocol used to have my son.  My very own Braverman Baby.

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I am often sharing this information with people online and now I can just send everyone here.  Hopefully, now that it's here, it will help many more..

I think this timeline shows that Braverman immune treatment was what I needed to have a successful pregnancy.

Also, I left out a lot of the negative things that happened at NYU.  I wrote them an 11 page complaint and am not sure if I will get into some of it on the blog ever.  But, I strongly do not recommend that fertility clinic because of my experience.

 

Fertility Time Line

  • December, 2010         Start trying to have a baby
  • August, 2011                Ovulation kits
  • December, 2011           Acupuncture
  • February,  2012.          Met with Dr. Zhang at New Hope
  • February, 2012            IUI #1 no medication
  • February, 2012            Met with Mukherjee at RMA
  • February, 2012            Hormone Tests FSH was 28.5
    • Dr. Mukherjee tells us how horrible Dr.Zhang is.  We believed this at the time, but in hindsight, I would say Zhang is a better doctor than Mukherjee.
    • Dr. Mukherjee says that the immune system has absolutely nothing to to with having a healthy pregnancy
  • April, 2012                  IUI - #2 - 2 eggs on 150 units of gonal-f
  • May, 2012                   IUI - #3 2 eggs on 250 units of gonal-f
  • June, 2012                 We leave RMA for NYU
  • June, 2012                  Met with Dr. Licciardi at NYU - I requested to be sent for a laparoscopy
  • July, 2012                   Surgery 
    • Stage II endometriosis removed – with Dr. Martin Robbins in Maine. 
    • Great experience generally but I am now upset that he also took out my appendix during my laparoscopy. 
      • He did explain that he may do this and I did have some pain on my right side. 
        • But the right side pain never went away and I wish I did not lose part of my body.
  • July, 2012                   Met with Dr. Batzofin
    • Had some minor immune testing done. 
    • Realized I was A1298c Homozygous. 
    • He recommended IVF directly so we left to go to Scher and return to NYU because we weren't ready to do IVF.
  • February, 2013            Met with Dr. Scher
  • February, 2013            IUI #4 clomid w/ Scher immune treatment at NYU
  • March, 2013                 IUI #5 clomid w/Scher immune treatment at NYU
  • May, 2013                    IVF #1
    • Estrogen (Vivelle Dot) Prime with Ganerelix Cycle; 150 units menopur, 450 units Gonal F.  10 mgs prednisone starting from Cycle Day 5.
    • 5 eggs retrieved  
    • complete fertilization failure
    • Rescue ICSI performed 24 hours after procedure
    • 2 blasts transferred
    • BFN
  • June, 2013                  Start Acupuncture w/ Angela Le
  • July, 2013                    IVF #2  
    • Same Drugs as Number IVF#1
    • 12 eggs retrieved
    • 9 embryos became blasts 
    • We transferred the 2 best looking blasts
    • We froze the remaining 7 frozen. 
    • Ended in a miscarriage. 
    • Testing showed a genetically normal female. 
      • they did not do a maternal contamination study but the doctor was certain it was a genetically normal girl.
    • Scher autoimmune treatment. 
    • D&C performed at 7 weeks.
  • Fall 2013                      7 remaining embryos thawed and PGS tested
    • 2/7 normal 1 boy, 1 girl
  • November, 2013          Frozen embryo transfer of PGS normal female embryo at NYU. 
    • No autoimmune treatment.
    • I called it the "NYU special" because they insisted immune treatment was rubbish.
    • Positive beta but pregnancy never progressed.  
    • They hardly saw anything on the ultrasound.
    • Technically a chemical pregnancy/early miscarraige. So "less" pregnant than with Scher's immune treatment.  
      • I say "less pregnant" to make a point that my with first pregnancy I used some immune treatment and it lasted longer. 
  • Winter 2013                My NYU doctor changes his stance on immune issues.
    • My NYU doctor now says I might be one of the 2% who need immune treatment.  When I started with him, he said he didn’t believe in immune treatment and that it didn’t work. 
      • When I asked about it having worked for people I know – he said - sometimes people just get pregnant.  
    • After 2 miscarriages with him, our doctor said he would be happy to work with Dr. Braverman; but when the time came for him to speak with Dr. Braverman.  
    • He never called us back.
    • So, after many unreturned phone calls and wasting weeks waiting, we moved our last embryo in a nitrogen tank Dr. Braverman’s lab.
  • February 2014             Moved Embryo in nitrogen tank to Dr. Braverman’s lab
  • April 12, 2014               Frozen embryo transfer.  Autoimmune treatment by Dr. Braverman
    • Braverman is THE EXPERT IN REPRODCUTIVE IMMUNOLOGY. 
      • Pregnant!  Everything is going perfectly.
  • August 2014                 Bleeding
    • 3 nights of gushing fresh blood at 18 weeks.
    • Cervix still long and closed and baby is fine.
    • Doctors are taking bleeding seriously but concern is low.
    • Bed rest for a week and lovenox dose lowered and no more baby aspirin.
    • Bleeding stopped - thank goodness
  • January 7, 2015           Our beautiful son is born! 

My Successful Braverman Immune Protocol

  • 2.5 mg Letrozole at bedtime for 5 days starting 12 days before 5 day transfer
    • this is for endometriosis and implantation
  • Lovenox 40mg 2X a day starting about 15 days before 5 day transfer 
  • Baby Aspirin - one a day
  • 40mg of prednisone
    • I started prednisone at end of Jan 2014 and my transfer wasn't until 4/12/14.
      • I had to take it for 2 weeks an then wait 2 weeks for the blood test to come back to make sure it was working and then wait for my period to come.
      • At some point before transfer I had to drop to 20 mg because of terrible knee pain from the prednisone.
      • But, at some point he put me back on 40 mg for my pregnancy.
      • I also had the knee pain at 9 weeks pregnant so Dr. Braverman dropped me to 20 mg then.
      • He would have preferred me to stay on 40mg but he had to balance my health with the baby's
      • I was weaned off the prednisone completely by 17 weeks pregnant. 
  • BCP then Lupron after period to suppress cycle.
  • Intralipids every other week starting about 2 weeks before transfer.
  • 4 cc Delestrogen 2 times (Tues evening and Friday evening) a week injected in bum from 15 days before transfer until 12 weeks pregnant (although he let me stop at 10 weeks)
  • 2 ml progesterone injected nightly in the bum nightly starting 5 days before 5 day transfer through 10 weeks pregnant.
  • Estrogen and progesterone (E2 V2 with P4 2/100) suppositories - not sure when I started or stopped these but I think I started the day of transfer and stopped at 10 weeks pregnant.
  • He also had me take some doxycycline before the transfer but cannot remember exact days and some sort of antibiotic vaginal suppository as well before transfer.