Found you Maple, thanks for sorting for us. It's the serenity natural progesterone cream I'm using, I ordered it online.
Friendly, it sounds like both our NHS areas follow the same processes with going straight on to IVF.
Glad to hear you're staying strong Mrsunsure.
I've been really good this month, taking all my long list of vitamins, absolutely no alcohol or caffeine, chinese herbs, natural progesterone cream and actually managed to avoid getting stressed or upset about anything (which is a massive effort for me) until last night on the way back from lovely relaxing acupuncture was in a car accident so feel like most of my good works gone out the window, I'm totally stressed and need wine!!
So we've been trying 16 months now. Was previously on the pill for 10 years. I went to the GP quite early on because my cycles ranged from 28 to 38 days and because of the spotting (cycles now averaging at 33 days). She did blood tests straight away and DH sent for a SA. First results came back slightly low morphology so had a second which came back normal. Also had my first experience with dildo cam!
Then got referred to the fertility clinic after a year and saw the consultant when we were on cycle 13. Had all the usual blood tests done again (as well as AMH, estradiol etc) and another ultrasound and also a Hycosy. All came back normal / clear tubes etc.
So got my non diagnosis of unexplained infertility and here I am now! Waiting to see the fertility nurse about IUI next month!
I'm ok other than a few little aches, was more worried about the stress of it all.
So am 10dpo today, having period pain already and feel like AF will start today, usually manage atleast a 10 day luteal phase so the progesterone cream doesn't seem to have worked.
I really need to try the progesterone suppositries but I don't want to book another private appt at a further £125 if he still won't give me a prescription!! I'm thinking of maybe emailing to see if he will prescribe it over the phone but not sure if thats a bit of a long shot??! x
Mrs and Maple, you really are both so lucky with the NHS treatment you've had. Other than bloods and the HSG, honestly feel like I've been given the bare minimum. I would like to try medicated IUI but wonder if it would make better financial sense in the long run to go straight for IVF as will need to go private. Never thought it would come to this and not sure where we are going to find the money but I can't take the disappointment each month and feel like my life is in limbo.
Friendly, think we are in the same position as to what is available with our local NHS, do you know how much medicated IUI will likely cost private? I feel the same as you, shocked that we have reached this stage as it never really occured to me we would be 'infertile'.
When AF arrives I will contact my private consultant to ask about cyclogest, fx x
Hi Sunshine, agree and sorry you are in a similar position to me.. it really sucks. I think a round of IUI privately is approx £800-1000 so really not cheap and chances aren't much higher than trying naturally. I've been looking at Create Fertility and a round of IVF is approx £2,500. Gulp. I found this website really informative re: techniques and prices www.createhealth.org/ Keeping my fingers crossed that AF stays away for you. I'm 4dpo and wondering whether to give progesterone a break this cycle. DH has been away and really not sure we dtd during my fertile window. Cyclogest costs £40 for 30 'bullets' privately.