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]

A love letter to the ones who made our IVF dreams come true

Premature baby feet

Dear L, A and everyone else at the clinic where we had our IVF, From the very first day my husband and I met you all at your open evening, I think it’s fair to say that we knew we would be in a relationship with you that will truly last a lifetime. Although we haven’t seen one another for quite some time, there’s not a day that goes by without us thinking of you all. You see, you made our dream come true. Our dream to have children together, and you didn’t just make it happen once. You blessed us with twins,… [Read More]

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]

I thought IVF was a rollercoaster of emotions, but it’s nothingcompared to being a parent!

IVF for my husband and I was emotional. As it is I imagine for most people going through it. The scans, injections, drugs and numerous appointments were all pretty emotional. Each part of the whole process was emotional for a different reason. Take the injections for example – were we doing it right? Should we alternate sides? Do it higher up or lower down? Egg collection was painful. I worried afterwards if my eggs would be good enough. What if they weren’t? What would we do then? What if they were all useless? What if my husband’s sperm retrieval proved… [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

Today you are two!

Today you are 2 Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday You were sleeping in my arms You’ve come such a long way Since the day you were born You’re funny and cheeky You’re wonderfully cute From small angels To little girls You’ve grown so much A full head of hair A mouth full of teeth And now you can talk There’s no stopping you shout! We love to watch As you play together Chasing each other And sharing your toys You both like to hide Feet poking out beneath the curtains! We hear you giggle And… [Read More]

How We Discovered ICSI Was Our Destiny Following Natural Conception

Today’s post is written by Caroline who blogs at Sweetener and Spice. I’d like to thank Caroline for sharing her journey to conceive a sibling for their son with us. You can follow Caroline on Twitter @SweetenerSpice. To read more stories like Carolines please visit our IVF page here. Carolines Story We conceived our son, Thomas, three years ago with relative ease. He was born nine months later, in November 2011, with slightly less ease. Like many first borns, he turned absolutely everything in our lives on its head, but somehow also turned up my capacity to love to something I’d never experienced before…. [Read More]

The Twins are Born (Video Special)

Following on from our Pregnancy Diary Video post yesterday, here is a very special video from February 2012. This video shows us the night before our twins are born. We also share with you our twins very first moments. Stay tuned as we will be sharing some of our special care videos with you very soon. The reason we are sharing these videos with you is to help give you an insight into the special care unit and all that it entails. We hope it will help those who are going through the same.