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Cycle Buddies March/April

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bjonesreborn Sun 11-Feb-18 18:16:50

I know its a bit early but I am awaiting for AF to arrive this month so we can start our second fresh IVF cycle.
Our history is I'm 41, ttc 3 years now, unexplained infertility. AMH is 1.7 We had a fresh cycle last year (march/April as well!) and had 2 embryos put back. They stuck until 9dp5dt.
We have changed clinics - as I couldn't go back to the first one, nothing they did wrong really, just in my head I couldn't go back there.
New clinic does seem more thorough, so we are going to be on different drugs, still buserelin to down reg but then onto Menopur. I am going to have the scratch this time too.
Last year the cycle buddies thread on here was invaluable to me so if anyone else is starting soon it would be lovely to have the support.

Heart2God Mon 12-Feb-18 08:08:36

Hi bones, glad U started this tread.
I am 37, ttc 2 years. Had a miscarriage at 8 weeks 3 years ago, Had fibriod surgery 6 months after that.
Had another surgery to remove scar tissue
last week.
I have consultant appointment on sat to discuss meds and protocol. Hoping to start in March.
What protocol are you on? I have a lowish Amh of 8 and my consultant said I will be on the short antagonist protocol.

bjonesreborn Mon 12-Feb-18 11:52:56

Hi heart good to hear from you though hate that any of us are in this position.
I'm on long protocol, which I was on last time

Heart2God Mon 12-Feb-18 19:05:53

I am sorry it did not work for U the first time bjones. This is my first cycle and I am worried to death about how I will respond to the meds.
I pray this cycle will be the miracle for us all.

bjonesreborn Mon 12-Feb-18 20:49:38

Thanks heart to be honest I was 'lucky' in that I responded well to all the meds, hardly any side effects, v bloated and a headache for 48hr but that was it. But everyone reacts/responds differently. I do hope its your first time lucky

Yorkshirelass27 Tue 13-Feb-18 00:31:50

Thanks for starting this thread bjonesreborn.
I am 35, DH had the snip many years ago prior to us getting together, although I have no children, we have to self fund ICSI- seems rather unfair to me! The first cycle before Christmas was a BFN and so we are madly saving to start mid April.
Possible problems with my eggs (apprently it's probably my age), with FSH of 11 and so having high dose meds and short protocol.
Just hoping things go to plan this time because we simply can't keep affording it 🙁
Wishing you all a straight forward journey and lots of luck

bjonesreborn Tue 13-Feb-18 07:24:25

Hi yorkshire and welcome. Yes all is very unfair. We too are self funded, as even for first round the local authority website said cut off age was 40, then when my dr applied for me they declined as said cut off date was 39.5. I was so angry.....dr appealed and still no. So we are in same boat in that respect, we do not have a bottomless pit of money either.

Yorkshirelass27 Tue 13-Feb-18 19:16:34

Hi bjonesreborn,
It's so frustrating. I felt really guilty that having spent all that money it was for nothing. I didn't even have any embryos to freeze.
Well fingers crossed this time is successful for us all.
Are you preparing yourself any differently this time? I'm taking more supplements and doing accupuncture this time.

bjonesreborn Tue 13-Feb-18 21:16:17

No Frosties over here either sadly.
Yes am taking More supplements too, one on the advice of the clinic. Less alcohol and less caffeine.
Find all that bit terribly frustrating too as so many woman just carry on and half the time don’t even know they’re pregnant....anyway don’t get me started on all that!!!
Acupuncture- a few people have mentioned it to me but i’m Just not sure I believe in all that enough to warrant spending the money - I may of course live to regret that.

Heart2God Tue 13-Feb-18 21:24:54

Hello yorkshirelass,
The system can be so unfair and to think some get funding for breast implants.
I am sorry your cycle before Christmas was not successful.
Preparation wise, I am taking 600mg Co enzyme q (read quite a bit about it on mumsnet). I also take folic acid, pregnacare and inofolic; figured it wouldn't hurt.

How are U doing Bjonesreborn.

Heart2God Tue 13-Feb-18 21:39:56

@Bjonesreborn, less alcohol, that's honest enough lol. I tell myself no alcohol but sometimes I just go what the hell and gulp down half a bottle of 🍷.
Like you said, some don't even know they r pregnant and carry on as normal sometimes unhealthy yet they have successful pregnancy. A colleague's 19 year old daughter was pregnant for almost 6 months and didn't even know it.

Well, we will make the most Of The card we have been dealt with and somehow make it into a success story

Yorkshirelass27 Tue 13-Feb-18 22:06:10

Hi Heart2God, it does seem very unfair and incredibly frustrating. Sounds like we might be on a similar protocol. My AMH was 7.2 🙁

@Bjonesreborn wouldnt say I drink a lot of alcohol or caffeine but am trying to cut it out where possible! Know what you mean about accupuncture. Thought I'd give it a go to see if it helps with the stress of it all.

I'm currently taking Pregacare and Royal Jelly.
Have either of you been offered the scratch? Been reading up about it this evening.
I'm sure like me you are both eager to get going with it but feeling very apprehensive at the same time. Here's to three success stories!

bjonesreborn Tue 13-Feb-18 22:23:51

I’m taking coq10 as well, dhea and pregnacare.
Yes, I am having the scratch, I wasn’t offered it but I asked for it.the clinic said that due to my age they wouldn’t refuse me. So that will be the first thing, as think it happens on roughly day 13 of the cycle.

Yorkshirelass27 Tue 13-Feb-18 22:39:38

I was told about the scratch the first time around, however, nothing has been mentioned this time. I'm going to ask the consultant. Have they mentioned an extra cost for it?
Any recommendations on the coq10?

bjonesreborn Wed 14-Feb-18 07:01:24

Hi yorkshire the scratch is £150 at my clinic. I bought my coq10 on amazon - ubiquinol double strength 200mg.

Heart2God Wed 14-Feb-18 07:59:45

@Yorkshirelass, I wasn't told about scratch but I had hysteroscopy done a week ago to remove uterine adhesion. The consultant said my uterus look good after the surgery.
I am having a follow up appointment on Saturday, I will ask about the scratch then.

bjonesreborn Wed 14-Feb-18 16:24:24

Day 1 for me today so have my scratch booked for 2nd March and start buserelin 4th March. Can’t believe i’m Doing it all again!!

Heart2God Wed 14-Feb-18 16:52:38

Wow, I am excited for you Bjonesreborn. It's started for U. Fingers crossed it will be the result we all want.
I can't wait for my day 1 which I am expecting on the 3rd on March.

We will probably be stimming the same period.

Yorkshirelass27 Wed 14-Feb-18 18:19:30

Good to hear all looked good Heart2God. Might be worth asking about the scratch.
Thanks for the recommendation bjonesreborn, will look into red ring some.
Sounds like you are both starting before me. Know what you mean about starting again. Don't think people realise how much it takes out of you. However, it is exciting and we must try to stay positive!
Got everything crossed for you both

Heart2God Fri 16-Feb-18 18:31:51

Hello Bjonesreborn, how r U getting on with your down regulation. Hope u r not getting much side effects

bjonesreborn Fri 16-Feb-18 18:39:34

Hi heart I haven’t started yet. Have my scratch the 2nd and start injections the 4th. Hope your appt goes well tomorrow x

Heart2God Fri 16-Feb-18 19:02:02

I am sorry darling, I am new to this; I thought down regulation starts on Cd2.
Well 4th is only 2 weeks away so fingers crossed.

bjonesreborn Fri 16-Feb-18 19:14:23

That’s ok, it’s all pretty confusing isn’t it??!! Maybe for a short protocol it’s cd2, but I am on the long protocol. I was lucky last tome as no side effects at all, think I had a bad headache for couple days and was bloated towards the end but that’s it. Must remember to drink lots as that def does help. Sure you will be fine, be great if we were doing it the same time.

Yorkshirelass27 Fri 16-Feb-18 21:31:34

Hi both, hope you've had a good week? So glad it's Friday!
Lots of luck for tomorrow Heart2God, hope all goes well. Let's us know how you get on.
Bjonesreborn I had a strange side effect by where I kept smelling and tasting soil! I know bizarre! Hoping not to have that this time as it often made me retch. Quite anxious as I'm on really high meds this time.
Hope you both have a lovely weekend

bjonesreborn Sat 17-Feb-18 08:33:04

yorkshire i’ve Never heard of that side effect. What meds were you on?
I’m really hoping this is my last period for at least a year.
Good luck for today heart, let us know how you get on

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