Our IVF (ICSI) Journey From Start to Finish

When I first started blogging it was a way for me to share our IVF journey. You see when you embark upon IVF, the only people you can really talk to about it is your partner, that’s if you have one, or others who are going through IVF. These are the people who truly understand exactly what you’re going through. At the start of our journey, I was lucky to find an online fertility forum called Fertility Friends. This forum is broken down into various threads so that you can find others who are having the same type of IVF… [Read More]

IVF: Your Options at a Glance

IVF isn’t a subject that people tend to think about until they really have to. For many people the ins and outs of IVF are as simple as going to a clinic, seeing a consultant and walking out a few months later pregnant. However, those who have been through IVF will know all too well that it’s not that simple. For example, did you know that there are many different types of IVF depending on your individual circumstances? Here’s a quick glance into just a few of the types of IVF that are available: In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Intracytoplasmic Sperm… [Read More]

IVF with donor eggs – how to start your journey

The journey to parenthood may not be easy, but it certainly doesn’t have to be lonely. Many women and couples who are trying to conceive turn for help to fertility forums, blogs run by women, men or couples battling infertility, or local community support groups. Fertility blogs, in particular, offer a unique opportunity to read, often intimate, but always incredibly honest accounts of IVF with donor eggs, in a such way that you can relate to the blogger. You can always leave a comment and you can be sure that there is someone out there on the other side who… [Read More]

The Benefit of Online Fertility Consultations

Online Fertility Consultations with IVF Matters If, like me, you have experienced or are still going through the IVF route, you are likely to know that it is, more often than not, an incredibly time-consuming process. You want nothing more than to be able to speak to the medical professionals quickly and in-depth, rather than having to settle for somewhat hurried, ten minute appointments with your GP, whilst having to wait for weeks in between to be recommended for a referral or to collect your results. However, a new wave of support now exists. Following in the footsteps of the… [Read More]

Tick, Tock: Pay Heed to Your Biological Clock!

The sound of a clock ticking can be one of the most irritating noises, conjuring images of minutes slipping away during difficult exams or the seemingly endless minutes waiting to fall asleep. So it’s no wonder that for many women, the tendency is to push that biological clock into a place where it can be safely ignored. However, for many women, the sound of the biological clock ticking can turn into alarm bells when the time comes to start a family. Women may “oversleep,” so to speak, missing the chance to start a family without intervention. And sometimes, interventions may… [Read More]

Your IVF Stories

JP’s Story Trying to conceive The ultrasound scan Vicious Cycles – Coming 12/06/14 Caroline’s Story: Part 1: How we discovered ICSI was our destiny following natural conception B’s Egg Sharing Story Part 1: The First Appointment Part 2: AMH Results Part 3: Hitting a Brick Wall Part 4 Part 5 Nicola’s IVF Journey Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Andy’s IVF Journey A Male Perspective Kirstens IVF Journey with PGD Kirstens Story Mary’s Donor Egg Journey Part 1  Part 2 Vicky’s IVF Story Vicky’s Story

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

JP’s Story: Part 2: Ultrasound Scan

To read part one click here. April 2014 Today I had an ultrasound at my GP surgery. The procedure was identical to that of an antenatal scan albeit with one crucial difference. There was no baby. Of course there was no baby. We are still trying but nothing is happening and my cycle remains stubbornly erratic. And so an ultrasound was arranged and has now taken place. Alongside this scan, I was offered a pelvic scan. This is not something I was immediately familiar with but I was informed that it was an internal scan and that, as it would… [Read More]

The Egg Donation Procedure

The decision to give the gift of parenthood is a wonderful one. Becoming an egg donor will fulfil you with a great sense of pride. How?  By knowing that you will have helped infertile couples achieve their dream of becoming parents. Once you have met the essential criteria to become an egg donor, you’ll be able to embark upon the rewarding experience. So, what does the egg donation procedure involve? Your First Appointment At your first appointment, you will discuss the specifics of the egg donor programme as well as your reasons to donate. Do you perhaps have a family… [Read More]