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]

Kirstens IVF Journey with PGD

My long road to get “F”. DH (Dear Husband) and me met when I was 16 and he was 17. Who knew those two naive kids would face so much pain. I fell pregnant at 24 and we were so happy. At 18 weeks we found out our baby had cystic fibrosis. During a scan the sonographer also mentioned that our babies bones were deformed. We were devestated. At 20 weeks we lost our little boy. We named him Callum and to us he was perfect.  The hospital sent Callum’s DNA as well as ours to a clinic in France… [Read More]

Nicola’s IVF Journey. Part 2

Following on from last weeks post, Nicola is back to share with us her IVF Journey. To read part 1, please click here. So after daily updates from my embryologist we managed to make it to a 5 day blastocyst transfer yesterday. Our appointment was at 11am and as those who have been through this know, you need to have a full bladder so I started on the tea and water a couple of hours earlier. On arrival at the clinic my bladder was starting to feel pretty full and by 11.30am when they took me through I was feeling… [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]

Embryo Transfer

The Joy of Pessaries As many of you know, after egg collection, you face the joy of pessaries and the ever embarrassing back door or front door debate! To be honest, the thought of either ‘door’ sends a shudder down my spine, but without giving it too much thought, I settled for the front door! The pessaries (cyclogest) contains progesterone, which is a female sex hormone. It is essential to help establish a pregnancy after IVF.  Following egg collection, I was in a bit of pain, feeling bloated and just not myself. So, when the joy of diarrhea was added… [Read More]

Baseline Scan and Ovarian Stimulation

Monday, 4th July 2011 Our baseline scan was all set to go. My period eventually showed up, 6 days late! It’s so typical! Every month you pray that she doesn’t arrive, yet she does, on time or even worse, she decides to make an early appearance. When you do want her to show up, she’s late! Anyway, down regulating had been going well. I didn’t seem to have too many side effects. The first week of starting the injections I was a little more tired than usual, and I had a slightly bloated belly. I’m not sure if the bloating… [Read More]