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IVF / ICSI - everyone welcome for questions, hand holding, and waggle dancing

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Gardenpixie Sun 31-Jul-11 09:15:54

Ladies, we ran out of space on the old thread so here is a sparkly new one with dedicated areas for waggle dancing, hormonal outbreaks of bonkersness, sniffing, injecting and progesterone pessary related fartiness.

For anyone thinking about starting IVF / ICSI or going through it at the moment, do come and say hello. These wonderful ladies have kept me sane through the last few months and are a source of all knowledge concerning tests, down-regging, ov stimulating, DIY injections and much more so if you need any info or just some company, do join us.

So here's a welcome brew for everyone and an enormous waggle dance for many many more BFPs to come

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark Sun 31-Jul-11 09:52:22

Congratulations kool! So excited for you!!
I'm keeping a low profile here as 2ww driving me insane and so anxious about. Had a really negative day yesterday but going to try and keep really busy over the next few days

Hope the EC's go well luck and louise and the stimms going well boddecia and ellan

Thanks for setting up the new thread gp
Sorry to asnyone I missed

koolforcats Sun 31-Jul-11 10:41:57

Ooh thanks for the new thread Garden, I love what you've done to the place <settles down onto one of the squashy sofas> grin

Owl I completely understand, I was a bit more low key on here while I was mentalling 2 week waiting. Nearly there now though (((hugs)))

Louiseteacher30 Sun 31-Jul-11 10:44:46

Gardenpixie love the new thread title and introduction! It really made me chuckle.

Thank you everyone for your messages and waggle dancing! I will be able to post fuller proper posts when I get home to laptop as blackberry screen is so teeny tiny!

EC went really well this morning, no pain at the min just tired from the general anaesthetic and bloody hungry from lack of food!
Had a nice room to myself as being a Sunday it was empty and the dr and nurse team were lovely, even when I got out of bed and went to find out whether they had done the EC as I was a little disorientated!

We got 10 eggs and they all seemed very pleased as they were all the bigger sizes, feeling nervous about the next part and crossing fingers that they fertilise well (we are having ICSI). Expecting phonecall from the clinic at 9 ish tomorrow eeek!

Hope you are all having a fab Sunday!

Lou xxx

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark Sun 31-Jul-11 11:20:24

Great news louise. We had 10 eggs as well so hopefully it will be our lucky number!

koolforcats Sun 31-Jul-11 11:57:34

Well done Louise, we had 10 too! grin at you wandering around after - that's always struck me as the craziest part of a general anaesthetic, it all goes by in a flash doesn't it and it's so hard to believe that it's all happened!

Louiseteacher30 Sun 31-Jul-11 12:19:57

10 is definitely our lucky number!! I'm sending loads and loads of baby dust our way!

The GA was the most bizarre experience of my life, I now caan believe I actually thought the EC hadn't happened as I'd been in the operating theatre, legs on stirrups etc and then found myself in bed...did I actually think they had put me on operating table, legs strapped to stirrups just to give me the GA injection? Lol

My boss also text me today and surprised at what a long process it is, I think they are living this with me at work, the emotions, injections, the ups and downs. Just grateful we are coming home tomorrow for a couple of days breather.

Hope everyone is well, waggle dancing for everyone!

Louise xxx

Gardenpixie Sun 31-Jul-11 12:21:16

Lou well done your eggs! Hurrah! Everything crossed for good news for you tomorrow xxx

BondiBaby Sun 31-Jul-11 14:04:24

Kool I just popped on to see how you did and i am so so pleased to hear your wonderful news. Congratulations. Stay in touch. PM me if you want to discuss anything preggers related. I am now 10 weeks!

Garden good to see you are still keeping all these ladies in good order.

Big wave and dances to the regulars and the newbies.

luckbealady Sun 31-Jul-11 14:29:31

OMG I miss a day and then come back to find Kool's fabulous news WOOHOOOO!!! I'm so chuffed for you, I have a little tear in my eye right now - you've been so amazingly positive throughout this thread that you totally deserve it, clever laydee!!! Wow, I am DELIGHTED grin

Louise congrats on your ten eggs, that's excellent news too! Fingers crossed for that phone call tomorrow, I'm waggling as I type... Thanks for sharing your experience of EC, I don't feel quite so anxious now. Hope your eggs and Mr Lou's swimmers are having a partaaay right now!

Off out for a walk now with my DN age 2.5, hoping I can catch some of my suster's fertile vibes!

Love you all longtime smile

blacktreaclecat Sun 31-Jul-11 14:59:14

Hi there,
We are going to Care Nottingham on Monday for our first appointment. Nervous and trying to work out what to ask.
Anyone on here have immune tests- we've had the level 1 tests already.
What about preimplantation genetic screening/ array cgh? We lost a baby to trisomy 21 and have had a mc so I'm worried my eggs are a bit dodgy. My AMH is 29.5, FSH 3.9, I'm 34.
Good luck to all on here

koolforcats Sun 31-Jul-11 15:01:04

Thanks Bondi! I've pm'd you smile

Aw Luck, you're just the sweetest lady. I'm so pleased things appear to be progressing well with you and hope they carry on doing so. Hope you had a lovely time with your sis and her LO xx

koolforcats Sun 31-Jul-11 15:08:03

Welcome blacktreaclecat (the more cats on here the merrier, IMO!), you've found yourself on a lovely thread.

I always think this website is a great starting point, it has questions to ask and lots of useful info. I'm at Guys where I know there's a preimplantation genetic screening section but I don't really know anything about this I'm afraid. I'm sure you can ask about this at your first appointment though. Good luck with everything smile

Louiseteacher30 Sun 31-Jul-11 16:23:07

Hi everyone,

Luck glad you feel less anxious, it was one of the easier parts of the IVF and I was surprised I couldn't remember anything.

The only thing I seem to have developed post EC is trapped wind! Apparently its caused by ovaries replacing eggs taken with water, I can hear then gurgling away!!
Someone recommended peppermint tea and I remember trying that when I was pregnant earlier this year (mc in Feb '11)

Louise xxx

womanlytales Sun 31-Jul-11 16:52:57

Congrats luck - woo boo on the ten eggs. On my end just when I thought I was slowing down, my body was ready for insemination on Fri, so am in my 2ww

caramel25 Sun 31-Jul-11 17:11:23

Hi everyone. Sorry I've been away for a few days, we were away for a long weekend in the middle of nowhere with no internet access. Couldn't even find a cafe with wifi! Its been a crazy few days....and actually it turns out its a BFP for me too! I did a pregnancy test on Thurs as Kool had been told to test 2 days later than me and there was a faint line so I called the hospital and went in for a blood test Fri morning which was positive! They waited all day to call and tell me so as you can imagine it was a long day! Got to back tomorrow morning for a follow up blood test to check the HCG levels are rising. But what an emotional rollercoaster this journey is!! Its obviously very early days and we're only telling out parents and best friends and not anyone else until after the first scan and really trying hard not to get too excited just in case.

Kool , my day later buddy, congratulations thats fantastic news, we can share our worries and aches and pains!

Owl great news about your 2 little frosties, but keeping everything crossed you won't need them! Just keep yourself busy these next few days, I know it does your head in, its like torture, but hand on in there and if you feel like screaming, we're here for you!

Luck 13 follicles s fantastic, sending loads of good vibes their way. EC really didn't hurt for me at all. In facts the whole experience was quite relaxing. Loved the anaesthetic! And then it was just a case of resting in bed for the rest of the day and a good excuse to do nothing! I didn't have any side effects and went back to work the next day, but I guess everyone reacts differently. I'm sure you'll be fine.

Welcome Louise , blacktreaclecat and SBarrett.

Louise great news about your 10 eggs and fingers crossed for some good news tomorrow.

If you don't mind all, I will lurk on here a while longer as I feel I've made some great friends and want to see how you're all doing. xxx

womanlytales Sun 31-Jul-11 17:17:08

Woo hoo caramel what a lovely way do cross-post. Congrats smile we seem like we are on a hatrick.. who is up next to test?

ellangirl Sun 31-Jul-11 17:34:56

Wow caramel that's a turn up for the books! Fab news smile So were you and kool told to do your own tests at home to find out then? Don't you have a blood test at hospital to find out? Your story will put me off testing at home, as it obviously isn't reliable grin Do stay around, we need your good luck vibes!

Louiseteacher30 Sun 31-Jul-11 18:04:10

Congratulations caramel !!!! Amazing news!!!! I cried when I read your post a few days ago, so to read your news was fantastic! Wow!

I've decided that I won't test at home (famous last words!) But may wait til AF is due.

Welcome to blacktreaclecat!

Have a fab evening everyone

Louise xxx

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark Sun 31-Jul-11 18:22:29

Congratulations caramel! What a rollercoaster! You've definitely helped me find a bit of strength not to try and test early (i have no self discipline!)
Just out of interest how many days post transfer did you get your bfp (you had a blasto transfer I think I remember?)

luckbealady Sun 31-Jul-11 18:30:03

Hurrah hurrah caramel!!!! What happy news, especially after we were all so sad for you. Excellent!! I can't tell you how pleased I am for you and Kool, you two have totally made my day grin

owl you'll be next for a test, n'est ce pas? smile

garden thank you for starting this new thread, here's to continued success!

My next scan is tomorrow am; I HOPE they say EC will be this week. Come on ovaries!!

Right, now to find some decent Sunday night tv %23fruitless quest.


Dannygirl Sun 31-Jul-11 18:47:46

OMG Caramel that's amazing news!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooooo delighted for both you and kool, your posts made me well up with tears, it's so emotional isn't it but you deserve it and it gives the rest of us hope smile Thanks to garden for building us a new home, and hello to everyone else xxxx

Louiseteacher30 Sun 31-Jul-11 18:48:22

Ps Luck the partaaay bit made me laugh so much, I was visualising mine and Mr Lou's swimmers partying on down at the lab!!

:-) xx

caramel25 Sun 31-Jul-11 18:55:21

Hi owl I got my bfp 16 days after blasto transfer. The hospital told me to test 14 days after - which was when I got a negative. So the moral of the story is - don't test early even though every cell in your body will want to!

Thanks Danny, Owl, Luck and Louise, Ellan and Womanly for your lovely posts.

Luck thats greats news about EC this week, fingers crossed.

Garden thanks for starting this new post, don't know what I'd have done without you guys.

Bodeccia Sun 31-Jul-11 19:03:55

caramel you've made my day :D

Good luck with the scan luck

Lovely to hear from you womanly , good luck with the 2ww smile

Hang in there owl!

Waggle dancing for littlelous , the disco ball is in full swing :D

Waves to all

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