This is all very new to me - just joined Mumsnet, reading lots of posts from amazing people but to be honest I'm trying to work through the jargon.
Thought I would share our story and see what help and advice you might have for us. No children and no pregnancies.
Saw fertility specialists at Countess of Chester back in July 2014, after some initial tests found that the issues weren't as expect with me (age 40) but with my husband (extremely low count with slow mobility). Only option was ICSI. AMH = 3.14 Oct 2014 - Started on DHEA (3x25mg a day) Jan 2015 - got agreement for one funded ICSI treatment 24th May - Norethisterone 5mgs x 3 a day 8th June - first scan and scratch
10th June - ⭐️Tomorrow⭐️ Start me menopur injections (5 pots across 2 injections) 14th June - Sunday - add Cetrotide injection to the menopur and DHEA 15th June - Monday - 2nd scan planned 18th June - Thursday - 3rd scan planned 24th June - egg collection planned
To support all of this I've been having acupuncture and my husband had one reflexology session ..... Anything to help!!
It's fair to say that I'm hormonal, nervous and scared but equally trying to think positively and be excited about what the future holds.
For now I'm focused on the injections tomorrow morning, mixing them looks easy.... Injecting myself !!!!
Don't panic about injecting yourself! You'll manage just fine. The first few might seem like a big thing but you'll get used to it very quickly (I used to nip into the bathroom and do mine in the space of an advert break!) and they'll soon stop being so intimidating. Good luck!
Having a bikini wax is more painful then the injections Yes to lots of water. I've had two ICSI rounds and am off to do the third soon. The main thing to remember that the first IVF cycle is usually an experimental one. It doesn't always work. They needs to see how you react to the drugs etc
Yey you! The first one is the hardest. You should be proud of yourself
P.S. "down-regging" is when you take the first lot of drugs which stop your natural cycle and make you sort of menopausal. The stimms (which you're on now) are what stimulate a new cycle and provide additional hormones to produce more eggs.