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Avocadosmoothie · 05/07/2017 13:05

Hi, for anyone who has been through a medicated FET, what is the process in terms of medication? What medication do you need to take and when? Thanks!

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Scottishgirl85 · 05/07/2017 13:42

Hi avocado, really hoping you won't need it, but I'm doing oestradiol tablets from day 2, scan day 12 to determine lining thickness and date of transfer, progesterone pessaries from 6 days before transfer. Transfer on day 19-21 depending on optimal timing determined at scan.
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Avocadosmoothie · 05/07/2017 13:55

Hi Scottish! Do you know we've been speaking since March! I can't believe we started that other group and neither of us got a BFP. I'm going to test again on Friday but expecting the worst. If it's just tablets and pessaries, do you know why we can't start immediately and have to wait a cycle? So annoying! I know you can do FETs back to back though.

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Scottishgirl85 · 07/07/2017 21:27

I know! In a way it seems like ages ago and at same time it's flown by since March! We've both been really unlucky, I truly believe so much of it is just luck. We both had great quality embryos and they just didn't take. I promise it gets easier as you approach the fet and build your hopes again. Do you have a follow up appointment to discuss next steps? x

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Avocadosmoothie · 09/07/2017 15:58

Hello! No follow up appointment yet, the nurses won't talk to me about it until my OTD on Tuesday, even though my period has started?! I really want to know what medications I'll be on, would love it to be no more injections but I know that might not be the case.

We want to book a holiday but it's really hard with not knowing exact timings. Is the first time you'll have to go in on CD 12? No blood test before the scan? I guess I could be different anyway.

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Blondeshavemorefun · 09/07/2017 16:12

Start of period I contacted clinic. They told me what side of progynova to take. Think was 4 for 3 days then 6 - 2 x 3 times a day spread out

Day 12/13 fo for a scan to check lining

If all looks good then fet will be 6/7 days later - usually day 19/20 of cycle

Think 5 days before fet so 14/15 take pesseries. 400 am and pm

Tho does vary per person


And yes I did back to back. Jan failed fresh and did fet Feb which also failed

Another fet July - 5th attempt and this was the only sucesssfuo one


3 days time would have been a year since fet - dd is now 3.5mths old

πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ’“πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ’“πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ

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Blondeshavemorefun · 09/07/2017 16:13

Dose not side

Bloody predictive text !!!

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Avocadosmoothie · 25/07/2017 15:37

Scottish, have you started your oestradiol yet? I'm on CD17 now but still haven't seen peak on my ovulation sticks, wish it would hurry up so I can get started with next cycle!

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Scottishgirl85 · 25/07/2017 19:27

Yes I've started today! Can't believe how quickly the time has gone! You may be like me and have a longer cycle, it's just your body getting over the fresh ivf cycle. I ovulated 5 days late. x

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Avocadosmoothie · 26/07/2017 08:22

That's exciting! Time really has flown. Are you feeling positive about it, do you think it will work? I am less positive this time I think, just because of the rates. I'm definitely having a longer cycle, two days behind so far!

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Scottishgirl85 · 26/07/2017 09:19

Nope, not feeling positive at all! I've tried to do as much as possible for this cycle. I've had the scratch, no tampons (yuck), self administering aspirin (clinic didn't mention it), will have embryo glue, doing meditation, may do acupuncture, self administering valium for my fear of flying and on day of embryo transfer to aid relaxation. Going to ask for progesterone blood test prior to transfer to check levels. Not sure what else I can do?!
Hope your AF hurries up so you can get started! X

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Avocadosmoothie · 26/07/2017 11:17

What is the aspirin for? I've seen it mentioned on other sites. How about cutting out caffeine? I'm trying to do that but struggling. I did no tampons too, so gross! I just want to get started, will do an ovulation test this afternoon, hoping that's positive and the. AF will be 14 days away. Can you try naturally this month too? X

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Scottishgirl85 · 26/07/2017 13:21

Aspirin prevents clots so apparently it can improve your lining. Worth a shot in my opinion!
Yes you can try naturally, I couldn't because of the scratch though. Rather annoyingly I had the most fertile month ever this month. Ridiculous ovulation pains and the most ewcm I have EVER seen! Doubt it would have made a difference with my hubby's few sperm though!
I have never tried tea or coffee, can't stand the smell. And I don't drink alcohol. My weakness is chips, cake and chocolate...
Good luck! x

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Avocadosmoothie · 02/08/2017 11:59

Hi Scottish, how are you? Have you had your scan yet?

I've just had my follow up appt..... my clinic only do full medicated FET (with down regulation the month before) or natural cycle. I wanted to do medicated with no down regulation which seems to be what most people do but that's not an option for me. My period is going to be late so I've got over a week to decide. I don't think I can face another months delay to do medicated but if I go with the natural, my clinic isn't open weekends so there is a risk transfer could be cancelled Sad

So sick of trying to get pregnant

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Scottishgirl85 · 02/08/2017 12:39

Oh my goodness avocado that's such a dilemma! My transfer will be Friday, Saturday or Sunday next week, I believe my clinic accommodate weekends, but since I'm medicated they can just coast me for a few days if needed. Why do you need to downregulate for a FET? I have heard of that but can't think why it's needed.
Good luck with your decision. Will it definitely be a whole month you'd lose? And what are the success rates for their medicated vs natural as that might help your decision.
Agreed, I am also fed up with it all!

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Scottishgirl85 · 02/08/2017 12:41

Oh and my scan is Friday. Transfer 11,12 or 13 August. So I will be in the 2ww in about 9 or 10 days time, I feel physically sick at the thought to be honest x

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Avocadosmoothie · 02/08/2017 12:53

Oh wow, transfer next week!! Thought of the TWW makes me feel sick too. So your OTD will be in the last week of August? Is it a blasto you'll have transferred?

I really don't know what to do. My cycles are very regular so I'd be confident of being able to pinpoint my transfer date within 1 or 2 normally (and figure out risk of hitting a weekend) but my worry is that IVF has messed up my cycles - My ovulation tests this month have been showing high from CD 14 up to today (CD25) so I don't know what's going on. I'm. It sure whether it will be just this cycle that is messed up or the next one too. The doctor said that with a blasto, natural FET success rate is around 30% and medicated 35-40%. I think I want to go for natural which could mean I get a transfer at the end of this month but if it doesn't work out I will have to use the cycle after that for down regulation and the cycle after that for transfer meaning the next transfer would be early November, a long way away! Also, full medicated is two weeks of burselin injections that's I'd rather not have.

Have you booked your flights yet? X

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Scottishgirl85 · 02/08/2017 20:54

Maybe wait and see when AF arrives and work out dates? I see what you mean though about potential that ivf may have made your cycles less predictable. Really tough decision Flowers
Yes I have 4 blasts left. An expanding one, which I guess is the one they'll defrost first, and then 3 normal blastocysts. My hatching blastocyst failed, so getting nervous that chances go down each time as the best ones are used up...
I've not booked flights or accommodation yet, will wait until after Friday's scan as I'll get the exact transfer date then. Can't believe I'll be out there again next week. Time has flown since the fresh cycle. Will be more business like this time, on my own, not making a holiday out of it this time!

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Avocadosmoothie · 10/08/2017 10:41

Hi Scottish, is it your transfer this weekend? How are you feeling?

I've decided to go for a medicated cycle. It means my transfer is at least 50 days away because I have to down reg, feeling really disappointed by that. I think if I had a natural cycle cancelled because the transfer fell on a weekend and then had to do a month of down reg and transfer the next month I would be even more distressed! At my clinic medicated success rates are higher by about 5% which is a plus. Taking into account the development stage of my embryo the doctor though I would have about a 40% chance of success with medicated.

Very fed up with the waiting now Sad

When do you fly? X

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Scottishgirl85 · 10/08/2017 11:59

Hi avocado! Great to hear from you. For what it's worth I think you've made the best choice. I think you'd have been very stressed doing the natural cycle because of the timing, which probably would have played havoc with your cycle even more. I wonder why you have to downregulate?? I've not downregulated for fresh or frozen. Just think of the wait as helping your body recover from the fresh cycle. You're giving yourself the best possible chance. The waiting is tough Flowers

My transfer is tomorrow, can't believe it! I'm sitting in the departures lounge at the airport as I type! Gone a bit mad with add ons... Had scratch, aspirin, and will have embryo glue and acupuncture before and after transfer. Who knows if any of it will do any good. I think it's all just down to luck. Not quite sure how I feel about it all this time.
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Avocadosmoothie · 10/08/2017 13:34

Oh wow! Time really has flown hasn't it, I hope the transfer goes well tomorrow. What CD will you be on tomorrow for transfer?

The add ons can't hurt can they. In fact, I know the embryo glue is proven to help - my doctor said it was added to standard NHS protocol a couple of years ago because there is unequivocal evidence that it improves success rates and obviously the NHS wouldn't add on a freebie unless they knew for sure it would improve success rates, so that's promising!

I'm not totally sure why I need to down reg to be honest. The doctor told me that an estrogen and progesterone only cycle doesn't guarantee avoiding a weekend transfer but I can see from your comments and many others that it is possible to coast a couple of days! I think it's just the NHS not being flexible to be honest but I guess I can't complain.

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