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]

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]

A Big Decision

Our twins when they were embryos To perish or not to perish? That is the very important question Twin Daddy and I have had to ask ourselves this week. We have 7 frozen embryo’s and a number of vials of frozen sperm. We have already renewed our storage once and it’s that time of year again where we have to decide what we are going to do. At a cost of £275 each, a total of £550 for the year it’s not cheap. Would we like to have more children? Yes and No! I’m in love with the idea of… [Read More]

B's Egg Sharing IVF Journey. Part 4

Following on from B’s last post (which can be read here), B continues to share her journey with us.  Waiting, waiting and a little more waiting. Well, I haven’t blogged for a while, we left off with our GP saying they could not do our screening bloods. This would have cost us £500 at the clinic we were at, which we just couldn’t afford with a wedding to pay for. So I looked for other clinics and called to ask if they charged for screening bloods for donors, one of them didn’t, just for the AMH test which would have… [Read More]

IVF Tests for Men and Women

If you have been trying to conceive for a while but it hasn’t yet happened, you may be wondering what your next step is. It’s highly likely that the thought of IVF has already crossed your mind. The reason I am writing this post, is down to the fact that before my husband and I started IVF, we hadn’t thought about all the tests involved. I really wish someone had written a guide or I had done more research into what was involved. I’m not an expert. I’m just someone who has been through IVF and wants to try to help… [Read More]

Twin Dads View on IVF

Before our treatment started, how did you feel about having to undergo IVF? I was apprehensive that it wouldn’t be successful but I was also excited about the prospect of having a baby. I felt fine about all the tests and positive that they would come back with good results. Before you had PESA (Surgical Sperm Retrieval), how were you feeling? Were you nervous? I was very nervous. It had been such a long time since I had my vasectomy. I was worried that they wouldn’t find any sperm but also worried that if they did the quality might not… [Read More]

The Olympics and IVF

You may be wondering what the Olympics could possibly have in common with IVF. Well, quite a lot actually! From overcoming hurdles you face along the way to that long awaited sprint to the finish line, read on to find out more about the ups and downs of infertility and IVF. The picture on the left was taken whilst I was waiting for my husband to be wheeled back from his surgical sperm retrieval. I don’t know why I took this picture! I guess I just thought it was they were nice flowers that had been painted on the wall! … [Read More]