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BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Tue 03-Sep-19 12:35:11

Gearing up to start ivf quite soon.

But...my period is late this month. My cycle averages 25/26 days, I am now on day 33. Hadn’t tested, was thinking it must be too good to be true.

And oh yes it is too good to be true - starting to spot today.

I know it is just par for the the course on this board and nothing significant but it’s so fucking frustrating.

I have friends saying to me stuff like “oh it’s all going to fall into place for you”. No it’s fucking not 😡

JuanitaBonita Tue 03-Sep-19 13:10:35

Hey, this resonated with me as this was me last month - ughhhh it’s soul destroying isn’t it?
TTC 5+ years, had initial tests in March and came back with slight MFI (motility)/unexplained... It’s taken a long time for us to get the courage to start IVF, I had an Aquascan/HyCoSy set for just under two weeks then we’ll start the journey from there... eek! Is this your first IVF cycle?

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Tue 03-Sep-19 13:37:38

Thanks, just needed a rant.
Yes will be first try and I am just dreading it.
Are you excited? I feel like I should be excited but I feel anything but 🙈

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Tue 03-Sep-19 13:42:20

Are you telling people you are doing ivf ?
I am unclear whether to be open with people or not

JuanitaBonita Tue 03-Sep-19 13:56:23

I’m petrified! Im usually a ‘glass half full’ kinda person, but after reading up so much on what to expect, likelihood of success etc I can’t help feeling shit scared of possible disappointment!

I haven’t told a soul about IVF, have you? I want to be able to tell my mum/close friends but at the same time if IVF isn’t successful for us I don’t want to have that conversation and have them all worry. It’s such a lonely process!

When are you starting IVF?

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Tue 03-Sep-19 14:11:28

Our parents know we are thinking about it and I’ve also said to a couple of close friends but I feel like that was the wrong thing to do as I do feel there is a real lack of sensitivity eg

“You must be really excited”
“Everything will fall into place”
“Just relax”

Which is just annoying me!

I think I am going to delete various WhatsApp groups while we are doing it as just can’t deal with the steady stream of baby chat etc. Think will just make an excuse about wanting to curb social media use and come off while the procedure is ongoing.

Pineapplebaby Tue 03-Sep-19 15:32:52

We spoke to anyone who would listen that we were starting IVF and kept everyone updated every step of the way on our first round (rose-tinted naivety, thinking/hoping we would be “the lucky ones” wasn’t helped by everyone saying “I just know it’ll happen first time for you...angry) and then had to have dozens of conversations when it didn’t work.
After that, we took ourselves off social media and avoided all baby talk, told everyone we’re taking a break and then carried on in secret.
We’ve still not been successful but at least we don’t have to have those conversations again and can deal with things privately. It does make it very lonely though, so it might be worth just finding one person who you know will be sensitive that you can rely on if needs be.

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Tue 03-Sep-19 15:58:40

Yeah - I have been quite disappointed in how people have responded to me saying we were thinking about it so I know what you mean.
I just feel very isolated and excluded from certain social groups where the main focus is children and everyone likes to share news and experiences of being a parent. They aren’t trying to exclude me but I do feel outwith the group already.

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Tue 03-Sep-19 16:45:44

Is it bad that my gut instinct is that I just don’t want ivf. If I really think about it.

I think I might prefer to adopt but I think my husband would prefer ivf.

Pineapplebaby Wed 04-Sep-19 11:09:12

There’s nothing to feel bad about; IVF is a gruelling process and can take its toll on your body and relationship (not to mention your bank balance!) so you have to be 100% invested.
If that is how you feel though, you have to speak to your husband about it, you need to both be on the same page.
I would recommend speaking to a counsellor; we did before we began our treatment as it was mandatory by our clinic but we found it really helpful. Good luck xx

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Wed 04-Sep-19 11:36:38

We have spoken about it a bit. He is not open to adoption until we at least try ivf. Which I can kind of understand.
I probably do need to speak to someone about it. Struggling with who. As I think I can access counselling through the clinic too but only once we are commencing with treatment.

Pineapplebaby Wed 04-Sep-19 14:36:57

If you’re willing to pay privately for the counselling (as opposed to getting it “free” with treatment), I’m sure if you contact the clinic and ask for the number of someone, they should be able to help you.
The lady we spoke to is independent so although she was referred by the clinic, she’s not employed by them so you can self refer, if that makes sense.
We had our appointment over the phone which made it easier. If you would like her number or email address, I’d be happy to PM them to you x

Pineapplebaby Wed 04-Sep-19 14:41:51

And I do kind of understand your husband’s point, however it’s very easy for a man to say that when his involvement is limited!
Ultimately it is a decision to be made together, however he has to understand exactly what it entails and it’s not an easy ride. True, some people breeze through it but others struggle, and he has to understand what he’s expecting you to go through x

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Wed 04-Sep-19 16:55:16

Thanks for this.

I have emailed the clinic to ask them to refer a counsellor.

I suppose the problem is that if I say no to ivf and he says no to adoption where does that leave us, so on some level there’s got to be some sort of compromise.

He absolutely says that if I don’t do want to do the ivf he will support that. However he is not saying “and we would adopt”. He’s just saying he would consider adopting. Which is not the same as saying he actually would want to do it iyswim.

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Wed 04-Sep-19 16:59:10

I feel like everyone thinks ivf is fucking magic and I’m crazy for being apprehensive.

Pineapplebaby Wed 04-Sep-19 17:44:51

I totally get what you’re saying; unless you’re actually doing it, most people haven’t got the first clue unfortunately.
I understand your concern that you could be left with zero options but that is a long way off.
Whilst he might not be saying ok let’s do adoption straight away, he also hasn’t ruled it out. He is most likely just apprehensive about something he doesn’t know enough about.
Wanting a family and it not coming easy (like it seems to be for so many people) is heart wrenching, and it’s hard to know what to do for the best; but the best thing you can do is look into all the options, discuss the pros and cons with each other and go from there.
And tell anyone who comes out with shit like “it’ll just happen I know it” to go fuck themselves!
Two years and two m/c down and I’m still being told by do-gooders (that didn’t know) “oh I bet you’ll be one of the lucky ones, I just know it” angry
Having said that, friends of ours were lucky 2/3 times so you just don’t know confused

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Wed 04-Sep-19 19:05:23

Thank you @Pineapplebaby, have found it really helpful to chat to someone going through a similar experience.

Catshavebellybuttons Thu 05-Sep-19 01:54:14

Hi, first time posting about our infertility and imminent ivf. I was actually about to make my own post along the same lines as @BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay but saw this one, so hope you don’t mind me tagging on.
I’m feeling intensely frustrated about no show period (a week late now) as it’s delaying starting this whole gruelling process and just adding to my anxiety about it all. Feeling angry with myself for foolishly getting my hopes up that we’d be one of those ‘miracles’ who catches the month we’re due to start... 20 odd negative cheapies over the course of the week say otherwise though. Also wholeheartedly relate to so many people being breathtakingly insensitive, my patience for the inane bullshit they drivel has well and truly run dry. Favourite infertility and pregnancy loss bingos so far have included the obligatory stories about some randomer they know who had ivf; “it worked first time, so I’m sure you’ll be fine!” When I was sobbing my heart out at what would have been my first baby’s due date my MIL trying to cheer me up by saying “I’ll remind you of this when your going through the sleepless nights with a newborn” erm, thanks? Although not quite as bad as my own Gran telling me 4 months after our loss “I know it’s not what you want to hear, but you really do just need to get over this”.
Anyway, sorry to hijack your thread, just wanted to say you’re definitely not alone in any of how you feel flowers
I don’t know if you’ve already seen this article but thought it might help medium.com/*@katylindemann*/infertility-and-the-tyranny-of-positivity-79b7a96597cb
I found it incredibly validating when certain people were berating me because apparently I needed to be more positive angry
This one is also very good www.google.co.uk/amp/s/metro.co.uk/2018/11/27/how-to-support-someone-with-fertility-problems-8156295/amp/ and should be mandatory reading for those who have difficulty engaging their brain before speaking.
Good luck to you all in whichever path you choose to travel!

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Thu 05-Sep-19 08:01:07

Great articles, thank you.

Yes I had a friend tell me the other day I was “lucky” they found my endometriosis hmm

And that everything was going to fall into place now. Not sure I count doing ivf as everything falling into place but hey ho.

PrincessHoneysuckle Thu 05-Sep-19 09:40:16

I think it's worse because you hear so many stories of how people conceive naturally just before IVF so you think its fate then get let down.

Pineapplebaby Thu 05-Sep-19 11:47:24

Anytime flowers
Oh yes, gotta love the “you’re lucky” comments, because that always makes you feel better! hmm

Catshavebellybuttons Thu 05-Sep-19 13:28:10

I’ve also been told “it will all fall into place now, you just need to relax”. Doesn’t occur to them that the reason we’re at this stage is because so far nothing has ever fallen into place for us, so we have understandably lost faith that it ever will. Allowing ourselves to believe that it will feels terrifying because it’s just a greater height to fall from if it doesn’t.

I think what bugs me most about all the “your lucky that...” comments people make is that it’s so dismissive of our very genuine and well founded fears. They might as well just say “I care about you so little that I can’t even be bothered to try and empathise with how you feel.” I think I might be sounding very bitter by now, but after 2 years of this shit I’m sick of being understanding and making allowances for people saying the wrong thing because they’re not sure what is the right thing to say. If they actually cared enough to give it any thought a quick google would have prevented some of the most hurtful things that are said. Yet we’re expected to bite our tongues because you can guarantee people will take offence if you try to ask them to stop saying certain things.

@PrincessHoneysuckle yeah it definitely doesn’t help, especially when even the consultant at your clinic appointment says it, ffs!

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Thu 05-Sep-19 13:38:59

I said to one friend I was v apprehensive about ivf and she basically said oh well you’ll need to decide whether you want a family or not.
Does she think I would even be considering it if I wasn’t sure I wanted a family??!!
I might be being v v sensitive I’m just like ok then. hmm

BoomBoomBoomLetMeHearYouSay Thu 05-Sep-19 13:43:40

Or I’ve also had comments from non medically trained people about how “your fertility must be ok, you don’t smoke or drink much or do drugs”.

Well I’m over 40 with endo so not really!!!

Catshavebellybuttons Thu 05-Sep-19 13:55:38

Ah yes... the fact that we’ve read up on the realistic stats for success and how physically, emotionally and financially crippling the ivf process can be is evidence that we just haven’t given this enough thought! Silly us!

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