A hard decision – embryo renewal

Once a year for the past three years the post will fall onto the floor from the letterbox. Before I even pick up the letter I know exactly what it’s about and who it’s from. Our fertility clinic. It’s time to decide whether or not we want to renew our embryos. My husband and I were very lucky that our first attempt at IVF worked and resulted in non-identical twin girls who are now three years old.  We were also very lucky to have seven embryos left over which were promptly frozen for any future cycles we wished to have…. [Read More]

Baby Number Three

For as long as I can remember I’ve always known that I wanted to be a mum. I would see mums walking around pushing pushchairs, holding a toddlers hands or pushing a small child on a swing and I knew that one day that would be me. One day I would be a mum. One day it would be me pushing a baby around in a pushchair, holding a tiny hand and pushing a small child on a swing. Who would have known that I would have ended up having not just one, but two tiny hands to hold! Two… [Read More]

Our IVF Journey

The Fertility Clinic Open Evening Our First Consultation Surgical Sperm Retrieval – PESA Treatment Planning Appointment Down Regulation and the Weirdest Experience of my Life with an Acupunturist! Egg Collection Embryo Transfer The Two Week Wait

IVF: Is ICSI Best?

Our Embryos I recently read an article online which asked the question if it’s more expensive, unnecessary and unhealthier, why do IVF clinics prefer ICSI? I found this article really interesting as Twin Daddy and I had ICSI, so I thought I would share some of the findings with you. The article which features on the Bio Edge website says that more and more IVF clinics are using ICSI simply because it is an easier procedure to carry out compared to other forms of IVF and it suggests to me that patient care is being put second in return for higher success… [Read More]

Mary's Donor Egg Journey: Part 2

Image courtesy of noppasinw/freedigitalphotos.net To read part 1, please click here. Another London rainy day, but I have sunshine in my heart as I write the follow-up to the first part of our latest TTC journey. We had a wedding to attend on the weekend prior to flying to Malaga on the Monday – I was panicking all week about packing bags, meds, money, passports, travel insurance and that my OH (other half) was sorted. But it all went well. I got everything done in hyperspeed! I was feeling pretty tired on meds by the evening so we left the wedding… [Read More]

3 Person IVF

This topic was talked about earlier this year and it has really intrigued me hearing everyone’s views on the subject. The UK looks like it will be the first country to allow babies to be created using DNA from three people. The government have backed the IVF technique, which has brought good news to hundreds of people all over the country. The initial idea behind three person IVF is that it could eliminate the potentially fatal Mitochondrial disease that is passed from mother to child. Although many people say this can only be a good thing, others are left wondering… [Read More]

IVF: Frequently Asked Questions

Our embryos When Twin Daddy and I first started discussing IVF, as well as the initial mixed emotions we found ourselves wanting to know more about the whole process. We felt excited about the prospect of our treatment working, but also scared and anxious in case it didn’t work. I found a brilliant forum online which helped us through our treatment. The other members were at hand to offer support, advice and information. I have gone through my posts on the forum from when we started our IVF journey and I have written down all the questions that I had asked in… [Read More]

Mary's Donor Egg Journey: Part 1

Sat in a gloomy office in London, its grey outside and drizzling, the weather is matching my very melancholy mood today.  So it’s probably a good day to reflect back on my TTC journey of the last 3 years.  We initially went to our fantastic doctor, who referred us to the NHS sub-fertility unit in Leatherhead, this was in Jan 2012.  All they could offer me (due to age reasons) was 3 months of the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, this apparently has a side effect of increased fertility.  This took me through three months of hell!  I was incredibly fatigued,… [Read More]

B's Egg Sharing IVF Journey: Part 5

To read B’s last post, please click here. Match maker match maker find me a match. So my last post ended with us waiting to be matched. I received a phone call from the clinic to tell me they were sending my details to a possible recipient that day and I just had to wait for them to get back and ok me. I waited a few days and I received another phone call. This time from my egg share nurse asking me about my current job role, my education and my qualifications. I won’t lie, I found this quite hurtful…. [Read More]