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Eggcellent Egg Buddies - a thread for those IVFing in November, December and January

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eurochick Fri 22-Nov-13 09:20:58

New thread. Welcome back to all the regulars. Welcome to all the newbies - please come and join us if you are IVFing or thinking about. The regulars are a mine of information at this point!

Do you realise that this will take us through a year of egg buddy threads? I believe Karbea started the last one around Xmas time last year for those cycling in 2013 and I immediately jumped on it as I was about to start my first cycle in January. Blimey.

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Fri 22-Nov-13 09:32:31

Hey Euro

Lovely thread smile

God I can't believe it's been a year. I did join the first thread even though I didn't actually get started until July.

Glad to hear the scratch went ok. What's the consensus? Is it meant to hurt or not? I either hear its been fine or it was agony!

eurochick Fri 22-Nov-13 10:19:15

I'm sure one poster on the last thread said they had had two and one hurt and one didn't! So who knows.

Pipbin Fri 22-Nov-13 12:38:57

Well AF showed up here which meant a call to the clinic this morning. When I spoke to them on Tuesday they said that they weren't sure if they could do this cycle or not depending on when they egg collection dates fitted in round Xmas. So I'm waiting for a phone call if they can't do it.

chocolocodowninacapulco Fri 22-Nov-13 13:11:24


I'll be trying to catch up on the past week's news tonight.

fab so sorry to hear about your dad <hugs>

Am really struggling today as it would've been my due date around now sad

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Fri 22-Nov-13 15:19:08

Choc I'm sorry to hear that (((hugs))) It's ok to feel down about it. I know I'll feel the same in a few months when it gets to mine x

Pip keeping everything crossed that you can start soon. If not make the most of the Christmas party season.

Good news for me, the clinic called and have managed to fit me in the first week in December for my teach. The nurse said I can't have unprotected sex as they will hopefully be able to start treatment on my next AF. I was amazed when I got the call, I did moan to the nurse this morning how I was thinking about complaining about all the waiting. AIBU to ignore their unprotected sex rule?? If somehow I got a miracle BFP there would be no risks as I'm not starting any drugs until after my next AF. I don't get why they are so insistent about it. Is anyone else's clinic the same?

eurochick Fri 22-Nov-13 19:19:20

cups I would ignore those instructions too. WTF would it matter the cycle BEFORE you start? I suspect it would mean a loss of revenue for the clinic though if you were booked in but didn't need it, as by the time you find out it would be too late to get someone else. <cynical>

choc I'm sorry. I found my due date incredibly hard. Bestie took me out for fizzy booze. Love her. I have found all the ttc shiz a lot easier since the date has passed though.

Hatteras Fri 22-Nov-13 20:17:53

Hi everyone,

I was lurking on the last thread, but time I joined you all properly, we're starting our second IVF cycle late Dec/early January.

Bit about me: I'm 39 (don't feel like an oldie, but coming around to the fact that I am a fertility oldie), got pregnant on clomid in 2012 but sadly had a MMC at around 8 weeks. Tests for DH and I both are fine, so we seem to fall into the ambiguous 'unexplained' category. Absolutely no sign of another pregnancy since then with or without clomid and so we started IVF in September this year. The cycle went fairly well (I mean, apart from the fact that we got a BFN..). I didn't have any real adverse reactions to the drugs, and lining/follicles seemed to grow well. 11 eggs were collected, but only one fertilized and resulted in a BFN. Worst part of the cycle for me was the aftermath of the egg collection - no OHSS, but extremely sore and bloated for almost a week.

So, we're starting up again and this time I think we will be doing ICSI. Due to start stimming at the beginning of January, down-regging from Dec 21st.

It's so nice to have this space to read about other people's experiences and know that other people will understand the ups and downs of all this. I seem to range from being ultra positive to utterly despairing in about the space of an hour some days...

vallinnapod Fri 22-Nov-13 20:38:08

Ahhh, new thread very happy to see the back of the last one, please don't take that personally smile

Cups so glad they can fit you in. I was angry for you at your earlier post.

Welcome Hat - I too am 4 days post EC and feeling hideous - very sore and bloated. Completely the opposite of my first EC. I am going again in early Jan too so maybe we will be cycle buddies!

Choco sad I am so sorry. I am dreading March for this very reason. Selfishly it would be great to hear how you cope with it.

Sorry to miss any personals from the lat thread blush

I am feeling better today. Feel more bruised than bloated which is an improvement.

chocolocodowninacapulco Fri 22-Nov-13 22:10:23

Right, time to try and catch up!

brooker how are you holding up?

euro glad to hear your scratch was pretty painless - my first 1 wasn't too painful but this last one hurt like an absolute bastard! Did your teach appointment go ok?

fish sorry your ET was painful, but the 2 blastos sounds great. How are you feeling now emotionally? I think a lot of it is self preservation as otherwise it's just too much to cope with. Are you managing to hold out and not test? Glad you're feeling a bit better.

talulah how are you doing? Did you get a doctor's appointment and early scan referral?

iwant I'm so sorry to hear that your cycle didn't work.

val Sorry to hear you won't be going ahead with transfer just yet, well done for being so patient. What did they decide from the scan about the OHSS? Glad you're feeling a bit better. On the 2 occasions I've had a scratch, it's been on day 21.

nobeer i'm a fan of acupuncture and have always had treatments when stimming to help increase blood flow to the uterus and treatments before and after ET. To me, it's also a form of counselling and relaxation and my acupuncturist is lovely and has become a confidante too. Sorry you're not going to be able to go ahead in December with your FET.

fab thinking of you and admiring your strength.

cups great news that the clinic are going to be able to fit you in smile

tame lovely to see you back smile How the devil are you? Has that pesky AF arrived yet?

bugger hello, sorry you've been freaking out.

maryp your holiday sounds lovely. Happy birthday! Have some cake and wine

rabbit how are you doing now?

miss how are you doing? Have I got it right that it's your scan tomorrow? Look forward to hearing all about it.

optimistic welcome! I don't have any experience with endo, but quite a lot of IVF experience. How are the injections going? It does go quickly once everything starts.

pip any further news on whether you will be able to start treatment?

bikes thinking of you whatever your POAS outcome is tomorrow. Everything crossed for you.

res how are you doing? Have you heard about a donor match yet?

hat welcome! You'll be in safe hands here.

AFM, my emotions seem to be all over the place and have been suffering rage and/or tears at the drop of a hat - I think it must be the progynova. Back to the clinic for a scan tomorrow to see how my lining is thickening up and then will start the clexane and steroids tomorrow. Our donor had a scan on Thursday and apparently the follicles are growing well and EC should be towards the end of next week! I have butterflies thinking about it. Wow it's getting close now, I can't wait to be PUPO again until the menkulling sets in

eurochick Fri 22-Nov-13 22:23:19

Welcome hatt. Sorry to hear about your rough ride. Good luck for the next cycle.

choc the teach appointment was fine. They have us using the same drugs (gonal f and cetrotide) that we used for our second cycle (natural modified, back in June), just for longer. So it was just a reminder really.

You will be PUPO very soon! I can see why your emotions must be all over the place.

Pipbin Fri 22-Nov-13 23:40:35

Well the clinic said that they would call if they couldn't fit me in this cycle. No call was forthcoming..........

eurochick Sat 23-Nov-13 08:49:12

pip it sounds like you will be cycle buddies with me, optimist and nobeer. I'm still waiting for AF here. It should come this weekend.

TheBuggerlugsThatActuallyPosts Sat 23-Nov-13 16:23:26

Just coming out of temporary hiding to say:

Fab sorry to read about your Dad. As others have said you are very brave but i can imagine how it feels to have some internal peace if that makes sense

Euro try not to go too loopy on those drucks smile

Choc Good look for ET. Stay in the day and don't look to the next. That should help you stay sane-ish. I should really listen to my own advice really.

Waves to Brooker llw2 Iwant Mary cups Tal and all the other amazing egg buddies.

AFM my anxiety is raised again and i'm currently doing everything I can to put TTCing to the back of my mind. Its CD17 and I haven't ovulated yet. My body is obviously holding off until I chill the fuck out which isn't likely to happen for some time! Vicious circle or what. In other news I move house next weekend so will be without wifi for sometime. I'll pop back as soon as I can but I'm quite happy under my rock of denial at the moment smile

talulahbelle Sat 23-Nov-13 16:34:14

choco I have Drs on Monday and hopefully they will refer me for an early scan. If not I will book in a private one.

I'm still lurking and reading and thinking of you all. Who's next to test?

Missmidden Sat 23-Nov-13 18:23:27

Hi everyone. Just popping on to say my scan today was all good and I am so relieved. I still can't believe my good fortune, so will have another scan in 3 wks or so when I will be 9-10 weeks.

I will keep checking in from time to time but if I don't post it doesn't mean I'm not thinking of you all.

Brooker, Fab, Tame, Pip, Euro, Choc, Cups, Nobeer, Talulah, Tame, Res, Stars, IWant and anyone else out there: thank you so much for your support and I wish you all the luck in the world, it is all deserve a good dose of it.

nobeer Sat 23-Nov-13 22:01:41

That's lovely news Miss. Thanks so much for popping back and updating, it's cheered me up no end!

euro not sure I will be cycle buddies with you, optimistic and pip (welcome back, Pip!). The doctor thinks it makes more sense if I wait for the immunology tests first. But I'll definitely be lurking and cheering you all on.

wishwash Sat 23-Nov-13 22:11:09

Hi everyone. I know I've been in and out for a little while so I'm awfully sorry but it has been a tough time for me, I've been trying to forget about it all as much as I can.

I haven't really been reading properly so ill do my best to catch up with you ladies!

I hope everyone is ok? If anyone has a great memory and can give me highlights it would be hugely appreciated smile

Hello to the new people I haven't met before, here is my history:
Me: 27, PCOS
DP: 30, healthy
IVF #1: 15 eggs, 11 fertilised, 8 to day 5, 1 transfered, 7 frozen- BFN
FET #1 - 2 day 5 frosties transferred - BFN
1 day 5 and 4 day 6 embies in the freezer.

I had my follow up appointment on Tuesday, he has referred me for a hysteroscopy, blood tests and suggested we go for another frozen cycle using gestone injections instead of bum bullets!
The first AF since my BFN AF finally arrived today 37 days later so hopefully the ball will get rolling now!

My turn over, please fill me in, I miss you guys!

eurochick Sat 23-Nov-13 22:32:04

Boo to more waiting nobeer.

Hurrah missm that's great news.

Welcome back wish.

My potted history:
Me, 37
Him, 38
IVF#1 (Jan 13) - natural, 1 egg, 1 embryo, BFP, MC
IVF#2 (June 13) - natural modified, 4 eggs, 2 low quality embryos, chem preg
IVF#3 (Aug 13) - natural, 1 egg, 1embryo, chem preg
Nov 13- scratch

IVF#4 planned for Dec 13. Will be a short protocol with mild stimulation.

It has been a hell of a year.

wishwash Sat 23-Nov-13 22:49:02

Thanks euro, it has been a nasty year. I hope December will set you up for a fantastic 2014 x

vallinnapod Sat 23-Nov-13 23:37:49

Good idea!

Me - 32, PCOS
DH - 37, super sperm wink

IVF#1 (Dec 10) - 16 eggs, 12 fertilise, 2 day 3 embryos transferred, 2 day 5 blasts frozen. BFP, DS born 31 Aug 2011
2 x abandoned FETs (Dec 2012, Jan 2012) - one due to Christmas timing, one due to lining not thickening enough
FET#1 (Feb 13) - SET, BFN
Abandoned FET - incorrect drugs given hmm
FET#2 (Feb 13) - SET, BFP. MMC 8+4 (seen at 9 weeks)
IVF#2, with PGS (Nov 13) - 8 eggs, 4 fertilise, 2 day 3 frozen to batch for PGS and due to lining deteriorating
IVF#3, with PGS planned for Jan 2014

Blimey….bit stressful when I read it back sad

nobeer Sun 24-Nov-13 09:07:21

What's SET and PGS Val?

Me 41 old and mucous membranes not working properly due to SJS.
DP 35 fine
EC July 13 22 eggs, 14 frozen at 3 days due to OHSS.
FET Aug 13 2 frosties transferred but didn't implant
NOW waiting for immunology tests to be done and hopefully another FET asap in new year.

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Sun 24-Nov-13 09:21:22

Wish welcome back grin

Missm fab scan news, I'm so happy for you. Please keep letting us know how you get on.

Talulah fingers crossed for a nice early scan.

Bugs good luck with the house move.

Choco I didn't realise you were so close to ET! So exciting! Sounds like your donor is doing well.

Here's my stats

Me 31 (32 in a few weeks eek!)
DH 30
Unexplained (borderline morphology issues)
ICSI #1 July 2013 6 fertilised eggs, 2 day 3 embryos transferred. None left to freeze. BFP miscarriage at 5+6
ICSI #2 planned for end of December, trying short protocol due to poor egg/embryo quality.

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Sun 24-Nov-13 09:21:56

SET= single embryo transfer. Not sure about PGS though!

Badhairday76 Sun 24-Nov-13 11:08:16

Hello everybody? Can I please re-join? Nothing was happening at my (rubbish) clinic for ages and I was getting increasingly fed up and upset about everything but I am due to start down-regging in 3 weeks time, with egg collection set for January. This will be my first IVF.

Me, 37, no Fallopian tubes
DP 35 - fine

I have one DS who is 20 months old who we conceived by accident - my miracle!

Since them I had a ruptured ectopic on Christmas Eve last year and lost my left tube. I them had a miscarriage at 5 weeks in March, then a second Ectopic this August where I lost my final tube. It's been an absolute bugger of a year for us and we are still having counselling and trying to come to terms with all the loss.

Anyway, am looking forward to having some cycle buddies!

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