Hi ladies , I'm chocochoc , I'm 35 and starting ivf for the first time . I'm due to go for a consult In June .
How long does everything take from that meeting ?
Aw. Good old buserelin. I remember those days.
Choc.. I had ivf on the nhs at 33. We first went to see our GP in june 2009. Just to say we'd been trying for 6 months but no joy & could we have some tests done please.
Things flew from there. We were swept along by the system & before we knew it we were referred for ivf.
Almost exactly 1 year from seeing the gp... the first round worked & I was pregnant with twins.
OHSS nearly killed me so watch out for that btw.
And.. beware the TTC baby trap. Even though the twins are really hard work, at 1.5 years I couldn't resist doing the do with DH & then lying on my side. Idiot!
Im currently holding our 6 week old baby.
Yeah... now everyone says they know someone who had ivf & then fell naturally. Gah.
So good luck with it. Hope its quick... and i
We went for our NHS booking appointment in October 2010 when I was 37 and due to very my poor ovarian reserve results, was put on the next available cycle instead of going on the waiting list, which at our hospital was 11 months long. We did the down reg phase in December which was very exciting because we certainly hadn't anticipated things moving so quickly and had already taken a month off work to backpack around Colombia. I had to learn pretty quickly how to explain my bag of syringes to airport officials in my broken holiday Spanish and was injecting myself in the most unlikely of places!
Phase 2 started early January and was supposed to take 12 days but I didn't respond to the drugs so stayed on for double that time. This phase was very stressful and physically painful. The threat of abandoning the cycle due to lack of viable follicles was constant. Every two days I went for a scan and our hopes would be dashed. I didn't realise before starting how the roller coaster would be daily and how emotionally exhausting that would be. The added pressure of limited free rounds was constantly on our minds. Egg retrieval was in February 2011, we got 10 in the end! 6 fertilised, 2 grew, and they are currently tangled up in bed next to me. Twin girls, born September 2011, nearly a a year after starting.
And I am also a case of be careful what you wish for, because after all those years of desperately trying and failing to get or stay pregnant, I am now 25 weeks pregnant with a little oopsy!
I managed the terror you are feeling by taking control of as many things as I could. A lot of it is out of your control. I balanced that with very controlled nutrition and a very strict eating plan from a nutritionist, who also prescribed a load of zeta west style supplements to balance my mood and deal with the stress. I also did acupuncture weekly and had sessions immediately before and after egg transfer. Also had meditation CDs for each stage of the process. I can't say that these things 100% made our first round successful, but they did give me a feeling of control, as if I was contributing rather than just relying on luck. It made sense to me that healthy body and healthy mind would give the process a better chance of working. I think it's a good idea to find something like this for yourself, so that you can focus on something other than the fear. I hope it goes well for you!
Hi, my husband and I will be having ivf /icsi in the next few months, please can anyway tell me how long the whole process takes, I'm not too worried about the injections, its the egg collection that scares me, I know it will be worth it if it works, we have been TTC for five years.
Egg collection no worse than a dental filling.
Injections are easy and you soon get into the swing of them.
I had almost no side effects and think that was due to acupuncture but obviously we'll never know.
I had 2 IVFs, successful on round 2; natural surprise less than 2 years later.
Just don't waste time, as I did, cocking about with diets and herbs and manuka honey and positive thinking and self-styled fertility gurus on Harley Street. Cold hard science offers much better odds .
Hi, m going through IVF, had a egg pick up 2 days back, wanted to check with you guys if anyone have had experience of discomfort after the pick up?? is it normal..?? somewhat relieved seeing all your messages.. m not alone..
Hi thanks for the advice, it really does help, I'm glad that you had success 2nd time around :-) I am waiting on a clinical update, ovaries might need moving down as hard to reach, I'm really keeping everything cross as this will be our only chance, family have funded us due to me having a daughter from a previous relationship, it s so expensive we could not afford another go, but hey ho will try to stay positive, a long road ahead yet :-) thanks again x
I was told that I would be in a little pain after told to take at least a week off from work, so I imagine a bit of discomfort is normal?
hello, we went to fertility clinic on monday and was told the only chance we have of conceiving is IVF . It was our first appointment so it was a huge shock that there was no other options.
i've got POS and my OH has a very low sperm count. We have another 2 years to wait for our free cycles but we are in the dilemma of whether to pay now as we don't know what will happen in the next 2 years as OH sperm count is so low.
we are both obviously so gutted as we have been given a single diget % that we will even conceive through IVF.
we are thinking of just paying and going for the first round of IVF but i'd like some advice what to expect. Do you get quite ill from it? how does it make you feel?
i feel we are still lucky as i'm only 23 so at least we have time on ourselves and also we've been told at least if we go ahead now the eggs that are frozen will still be at the age of a 23 year old.
thanks a lot x
anur I've had two rounds. The first time I had zero pain. The second time I had a lot of pain but only on the day of EC itself. I know other people on the board have been in pain for longer though.
My husband and I were told the same said only IVF with icsi would work due to only 2% morphology, we weren't entitled to anything free as I have a daughter, its so expensive, two years is a long time to wait, you are young at 23 but its so stressful waiting we have been TTC for five years and now I'm 30, I guess its a huge decision to make financially and emotionally, we are going for it but can only do one round.
I started the buserelin injection on 25/6, just started my period and due to have the baseline scan on 15/7. This is the second time I have done the injection. I got pregnant naturally the first time before I had the scan but had mc after 12 weeks. Recently I have been feeling very low. I think it is the pressure of trying to get pregnant, wanting to get pregnant and the fear of not getting pregnant that it all got on top of me. I will try to be positive but it is hard. Reading about other women's experiences have really helped. Thank you all x
I have had 3 full rounds of IVF, from them I have 5 children and two of them were frozen embryos.
Wow thanks its so nice to hear success stories, gives us more confidence what a lovely outcome thank you :-)
Hi there, my IVF was done quickly - within a few months of being approved. However there was a lot of waiting to get to that point including a course of clomid. In the meantime you could try starting acupuncture. I was a bit wary of alternative medicines but I honestly believe that. It helped to sort my head and body out after months of anxiety over my infertility. It also kick started a more healthy diet.
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