ivf and miscarriage

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   Posted 11/26/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
hi all, i am new to this part of healing well, i normally reside on the colitis forum, but i need to find some answers for one of my best friends.
she has now had in total 7 miscarriages that last 2 were the result of iui and ivf. she cannot seem to get past 6 weeks and this is tearing her  apart. it has been going on now for nearly 6 years and she still has no baby. she now has one shot at ivf as she has 2 frozen embyos left to try with. she cannot afford anymore treatment after this. she has had every test she can possibly have and everything has come back normal. now, she has been speaking to people with immume system problems that are taking prednisolone to combat this and most seem to have clung on to their babies, so now she is wanting to know why can't she just try this to elliminate it as it seems to be working for so many other people. i myself have pred in my own medicine cabinet and would willing give her them if i thought it would help. but i would like to know what would happen if she took them and it wasn't her immune system at fault. i would do anything for my friend as she has been through so much, i would carry the baby for her if i wasn't on so many bloody drugs for my colitis. so can i do this one thing for her without any repercussions? i really want to do this for my friend, i'm not sure how much more disapointment she can take, Help!!

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   Posted 11/26/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mimbot,
Please DO NOT give her your prednisolone. You're not a doctor.  You don't know what could happen to her if she took that.  Adding synthetic cortisol to a healthy person could kill them.  I'm not exaggerating.  You can tell her that taking this medication can cause her adrenal glands to shut down.  That's a life threatening situation.  Very serious.
Ask her if she's been tested for APS (anti phospholipid syndrome), or Hughes Syndrome.  People with these "sticky blood" disorders have multiple miscarriages and most often are never able to carry a baby to term. These syndromes are quite common.
I know you want to do something life changing for her. She needs a specialist who can help figure this all out.
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   Posted 11/26/2008 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
I can tell you are a very good friend..I have been through the IVF process and her RE needs to be aware of the fact that she has suffered so many miscarriages.  There is testing that can be done to find out the root of the problem and the appropriate treatment before her next cycle begins. 
Please do not give your friend the prednisolone, this is not a steroid that is used during IVF.  Your friend must sit down with her RE and decide on testing and treatment geared toward repetitive miscarriage.
I wish her the best.

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   Posted 11/27/2008 4:28 AM (GMT -6)   
hi, thanks for your quick replys. my friend has had every test possible and they have all come back clear, giving her no reason for the miscarriages, so she is now willing to try anything if it will help. i can fully understand why she would want to try steroid treatment as she has heard good things about it from other people. we have been friends now for 21 years, we both started trying for children at around the same time and i have 2 beautiful daughters, so this must be very hard for her to take. if anybody knows of any other tests that i could suggest i would be so grateful, thanks for your help. also if anyone has any simmilar stories too that would be great x

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   Posted 11/27/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a coworker who went thru all of what you mentioned. Now she has a baby!! God is good!! Your a good friend.

Have a good holiday:+)

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   Posted 11/28/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   

I agree with the others, that giving others our medications is a dangerous thing to do.  On the other hand how easy it would be to give to our friends.

I never had a problem with using birth control pills.  I gave birth to three live babies, and one miscarriage.  I took birth control pills to gain weight, but never had to use them for birth control.  I know how hard it has to be for your friend.

I hope your friend will seek help from her doctor, or change her doctors if he/she is not meeting her needs.


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