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IVF advice

(17 Posts)
Ebright123 Mon 16-Sep-13 22:09:36

Hi Ladies,

I am hoping you can help me! My partner and I have been trying to get pregnant for over 6 years with no joy. I have PCOS and have tried chlomed and am on metformin.
I have now, just finished IVF and they managed to get 28 eggs, fertilise 26 and freeze 9 AB quality embryos. On Saturday they inserted 1 embryo that they said was very good quality and now I have to wait to do a test next Tuesday. I am, as you can imagine, extremely nervous and am trying to relax but am so worried about gettin a negative. I want to try and think positive but find it hard. The statistics say I have 63% chance of having a positive pregnancy test and a 57% chance of having a successful birth. I know that these stats are better then others however am worried, my embryo is now 7 days old and has been inside me for 3 days and I feel no symptoms. Is this a negative sign or am I worrying. Any advice at all will be very much appreciated!

GoodbyeBeer Tue 17-Sep-13 07:57:15

Hi ebright. Wow you got an amazing number of eggs! Fingers crossed for you, it is such a stressful time. I am pregnant through ivf and they gave me a 50% chance. Didn't have any symptoms that early, started getting stomach cramps a few days before test and was convinced it was all over. Problem is any symptoms you do get could be caused by the drugs anyway.
hope you get your bfp, although that will be the start of a whole load more worrying . . .

Rockchick1984 Tue 17-Sep-13 07:58:25

I've never had IVF however I know that with a standard pregnancy it can take anything from 3-10 days for the fertilised egg to implant so you wouldn't be producing any pregnancy hormones prior to that - therefore no chance of symptoms. Also most pregnancy symptoms start from about 5/6 weeks (so 3/4 since conception) although some women find its earlier. I really wouldn't worry.

Good luck, I hope it works out for you smile

keepitgoing Tue 17-Sep-13 08:17:51

Hi ebright, it sounds like the cycle went well. I had (successful) ivf and did not have any symptoms prior to the test. Yes, hopefully your little embryo us implanting around now, but you are unlikely to feel anything. And any symptoms you do have could be due to the progesterone I assume you're on. It's massively difficult but you just have to wait it out. If you go on the conception boards you'll find others in the same boat, which can be nice as the days crawl by.

Good luck!

Londongirl84 Tue 17-Sep-13 10:58:51

I'm currently 19 weeks pregnant from IVF. I had 21 embryos but only 1 early blastocyst made it to day 5. We just found out that little blasto is all well and a girl at our scan. Your chances are much better than our were and it worked for us. Hope that helps you to stay positive.
Also I didn't feel any symptoms until about week 7. I did bleed a bit 10 days after ET and thought my period had arrived but I think with hindsight that was implantation bleeding x

birdandbee Tue 17-Sep-13 11:30:29

I'm 6 weeks pregnant following IVF.

What you have to think about when looking at the success statistics is that they cover women with all kinds of fertility issues... with PCOS the reason for infertility is irregular ovulation and poor egg quality due to the hormones that control these being low or erratically secreted. With IVF this process is totally overridden...

Chances are you have a womb that is lovely and receptive to an embryo if its given the chance...

What I'm trying to say is that thinking about your own reasons for struggling to have a baby compared to all reasons women have IVF and you would be on the better side of average... So your personal success rate would be higher than the average success rate that the clinic reports...

What I have gathered from being on the IVF worriers thread is that everyone has had different symptoms starting at different times... I'm very tired, hungry all the time, craving salt, vinegar, olives, mustard, horseradish and fizzy drinks and very hormonal this week. This all started when I was 5weeks...

My first few weeks I didn't really feel much... Although my stomach looked huge...its was just fluid from the IVF though.

It's too early to feel much yet so don't panic. You may get a few cramping pains and some little implantation bleeds but that's all for the mo.

How's the medication going?

Ebright123 Tue 17-Sep-13 21:08:50

Ladies thanks you all so much. Really nice to have support. The only think I'm taking birdandbee is cyclogest and I feel fine although slightly constipated but I have been told that's to be expected. I am going to do the test next Tuesday so I will let you ladies know. Thank you all again xx

Londongirl84 Wed 18-Sep-13 07:08:00

Lots of luck to you x

Ebright123 Wed 18-Sep-13 21:26:14

Sorry ladies another question that you may be able to help me with I'm on Cyclogest 400 twice a day, I've been reading up on it and it seems like its meant to prevent or help prevent miscarriages? We're/ are any of you ladies on this? X

happywithit Wed 18-Sep-13 21:37:22

i had IVF with my first boy, i didn't feel nothing in the first days (or even through my pregnancy) as i had a very easy pregnancy, no sickness or tiredness at all, just my belly get bigger grin, just relax and don't worry to much, i know its easy to say but try to.
good luck

Ebright123 Thu 19-Sep-13 16:59:49

Thanks ladies xxx

keepitgoing Thu 19-Sep-13 19:01:22

I think cyclogest is usual after ivf (bit manky isn't it?) It's because your ovaries aren't producing it themselves. I had to take it till 9 weeks pregnant, you'd stop if you had a bfn. Good luck again

Ebright123 Thu 26-Sep-13 23:00:17

Hi ladies, I did my test on Monday, well actually I did 3 and they were positive! I'm so happy, but still it hasn't sunk in as I don't feel preg and therefore it doesn't feel real. I have a scan on the 10th so praying all goes well. Hopefully it will feel more real then. Any advice would be amazing. X

Slavetominidictator Thu 26-Sep-13 23:10:10

Huge congratulations! Take it easy and enjoy whatever you can of being pregnant - after ivf you certainly deserve some enjoyment...

Londongirl84 Mon 30-Sep-13 06:47:51

Yay congratulations!! Soooo pleased to hear any success stories. Well done you. Only advice I can give is take it really easy. I did so little in the first weeks of pregnancy other than get up and go to work. Good luck in the 10th x

galwaygirl Mon 30-Sep-13 07:04:48

Hey, was just about to reply saying I had no symptoms at all at all with my first successful IVF pregnancy (until i started feeling kicks) and that single embryo is running around here creating havoc! I found it worrying not having symptoms but it is totally normal.
Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! Xxx

Ebright123 Mon 07-Oct-13 20:45:01

Thanks ladies. Been having sharp pains in my stomach which is worrying me but I have my 6 1/2 week scan Wednesday so fingers crossed its normal x

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