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On Wednesday the 25th May 2011, we had our first consultation at the fertility clinic. It went really well. The consultant put us as at ease straight away. She was easy to talk to and very helpful in answering all of our questions.
Because my husband had a vasectomy over ten years ago, this meant that he would need to undergo Surgical Sperm Retrieval (SSR). We decided against going down the vasectomy reversal route as our consultant advised that due to the amount of time that had passed since my husbands vasectomy, this meant that the likelihood of a reversal being successful was low. There are two types of SSR, PESA and TESA. We wouldn’t know which one would be carried out until my husband was actually on the operating table. PESA is when sperm is collected from the epididymis (inside the scrotum) using a syringe and fine needle. TESA is when sperm is retrieved from the testicles.
Approximately two weeks after starting down regulating, a vaginal ultrasound scan is carried out. This is to check that the lining of my womb is thin and to make sure that my ovaries are inactive. All being well, the next step is to ‘stimulate’ my ovaries to produce follicles. Each follicle will hopefully contain a number of eggs. To do this we have to continue to inject Suprecur, plus we also have to inject Menopur as well. Menopur is a drug that stimulates hormones by triggering FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Luteinizing Hormone) production in the body.
So, two injections a day for around 10-14 days. We would have regular scans during this phase of treatment to ensure I didn’t develop Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). This can occur when your ovaries overreact to the fertility drugs and in serious cases can result in hospitalisation. These scans would also allow us to see how many follicles had grown and a nurse would also measure the follicle sizes so we would know the best time to carry out egg collection.