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]

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]

Options for Couples Who Cannot Conceive

Once you’ve decided you want to start a family, struggling to conceive can be heart breaking for any couple. But if you feel you can offer a child a loving and stable home then it may not be time to give up. If you and your partner are finding it difficult to conceive after try consistently the first thing to do is consult a doctor. Your doctor can run a number of tests to find the underlying problem leading to your difficulties and maybe suggest treatment. If treatment is not an option, there are further routes to parenting to go… [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

JP’s Story: Part 3: Vicious Cycles

To read part two, click here. May 2014 I have always had an irregular cycle, since the beginning of time. At least, that’s how long it feels. It was not a problem until I could not easily conceive. Until now. Miss J was a surprise. A wonderful surprise. Discovered at 20 weeks, producing no symptoms and no bump. An absence of periods for that length of time was not unusual for me. I suspected nothing. And her easy conception allayed any fears regarding my fertility. It would appear this is true of the medical professionals as well as of my… [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]

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.

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]