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The fertility treatment thread

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by EBC, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. EBC

    EBC New commenter

    Hello everyone and Happy New Year. I hope it will be a baby boom for us all.
    I wanted to start a thread specifically for those of us about to, or already embarking on the fertility treatment journey. Whether IUI, IVF or ICSI etc.
    A little about me. I'm 29 and hubby is 32. We have been married for 6 1/2 years. Trying since we got married. No pregnancies. A year ago they discovered I had endometriosis. I had a laparoscopy and dye test and all endo was removed. Told that there should be no problems. Still no pregnancy. So begged to be referred to specialist. Which they have done now.
    They gave me clomid to take for three months. No joy.
    We had our first few meetings and decided that we would go for IUI (turkey baster theory), then IVF.
    On waiting list for NHS IVF for October 2010. And we have decided to self fund IVF first, should be April/May.
    But before that, we will start IUI in Jan.
    So here we are. Injections (hormone drugs) have arrived at home and first scan on Monday.
    I just thought others may want to read my story for info and others may want to share their experiences. I hope we can offer each other advice and support as we do on ttc thread.
    Is anyone else going through this at the same time as me?
    Has anyone braved the treatment and got their own little miracle?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    EBC x
     
  2. EBC

    EBC New commenter

    Hello everyone and Happy New Year. I hope it will be a baby boom for us all.
    I wanted to start a thread specifically for those of us about to, or already embarking on the fertility treatment journey. Whether IUI, IVF or ICSI etc.
    A little about me. I'm 29 and hubby is 32. We have been married for 6 1/2 years. Trying since we got married. No pregnancies. A year ago they discovered I had endometriosis. I had a laparoscopy and dye test and all endo was removed. Told that there should be no problems. Still no pregnancy. So begged to be referred to specialist. Which they have done now.
    They gave me clomid to take for three months. No joy.
    We had our first few meetings and decided that we would go for IUI (turkey baster theory), then IVF.
    On waiting list for NHS IVF for October 2010. And we have decided to self fund IVF first, should be April/May.
    But before that, we will start IUI in Jan.
    So here we are. Injections (hormone drugs) have arrived at home and first scan on Monday.
    I just thought others may want to read my story for info and others may want to share their experiences. I hope we can offer each other advice and support as we do on ttc thread.
    Is anyone else going through this at the same time as me?
    Has anyone braved the treatment and got their own little miracle?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    EBC x
     
  3. EBC

    EBC New commenter

    I'm sure there's more of us going through this. Bumping up.
    xx
     
  4. Hi EBC, I told you I would join [​IMG]
    We have been married since August 2008 and started TTC Nov/Dec 2008. I'm 35 (and feeling it) and my hubby is 37. Nothing appears to be the matter with me that they've seen but my OH has got poor swimmers and sometimes a poor number too.
    I have been taking Clomid for the last 3 months with no joy as not really meant for women who have no problems but worth a try.
    Fertility treatment starting about April hopefully starting with 3 attempts of IUI? and then 3 attempts at IVF and ICSI.
    I will be grateful for all the info you give.
    Good luck Monday xx
     
  5. notascientist!

    notascientist! New commenter

    Hi Ladies,
    I am 37, nearly 38 .... OH 39; been trying really for 2 years, officially 18months. We are just being refered to Fertility treatment. No known problems with me so far (though oestrogen was slightly low) but OH has sperm shape issues.
    We are now waiting (hopefully not too long) and then will have loads of tests ... I'm thinking it will end in ICSI (but no real evidence for this, just hunch)
    Fingers crossed that this is our year.
    NAS x
     
  6. Have either of you gone for counsellin? I'm wondering whether this would be a good idea for me if not for OH.
     
  7. Been trying for nearly 3 years - unexplained infertility. Just about to ask to be referred back to clinic with a view to beginning treatment.
    Juju, I had counselling when I was signed off work with stress - it was mainly about my difficulties with work but obviously I discussed my infertility as well. I found it very helpful - talk to your GP as you may be able to have counselling on the NHS.
    Good luck to everyone!
     
  8. EBC

    EBC New commenter

    Hooray...a thread started!!
    They have offered counselling to me, but the hosp is far away and its bad enough getting there for treatments.
    Welcome everyone x
     
  9. How did it go today, EBC?
     
  10. EBC

    EBC New commenter

    Urgh! was too upset to type yesterday!!
    Built myself up, ready for the baseline scan, it was an internal...then she found a cyst on my left ovary. Not too big but there nonetheless. Now they won't proceed with the IUI because the hormone drugs will excasberate the cyst!!!
    She said, ever so lighty, oh well, don't worry it should disappear on its own, or will have to remove it by laparoscopy.
    Not again!!!
    Anyway, she said to go back on CD1/2 when I next come on.
    I spent hors trying to find the positive in this (new year resoulution) and finally said to hubby, Well at least we get to have a month of fun, before more stress.
    How are you??
     
  11. Hi, sorry it didn't go according to plan. Do you think the cyst was linked to you taking Clomid? I think I read that was a possible side effect.
    I'm fine, back to work today so have mind on other things.Still waiting to OV this month I think. x
     
  12. EBC

    EBC New commenter

    I did think of that juju, but when I asked she said no as i only took it for three months. I did read that it could cause PCOS but this is just one on one side.
    I dunno-- till ov time and we'll see how we go.
     
  13. Hello. I'm on Month Two of taking Clomid. Had laparoscopy & hysteroscopy last month and go to see the consultant again at the end of the month.
    Month One of Clomid was a waste cos I had Swine Flu and Mr Para had a very bad cold the week I ovulated, so there was no action!!
    Can't see IVF etc being an option for us, unfortunately [​IMG]
    Clomid has given me very spotty cheeks! I never even used to get such bad spots when I was a teenager!!
     
  14. EBC

    EBC New commenter

    Funnily enough,clomid cleared up my skin. Why is IVF not a possibility?

     
  15. I won't get it on the NHS, so it's a cost issue unfortunately EBC [​IMG]
     
  16. Hi there,

    I have been lurking around the corridors of various forums for a while but as yet have not had the courage to share!
    My OH and I have been ttc for 2 years to no avail. We've had the usual round of tests and I'm currently taking my first cycle of Clomid. No side effects at all, luckily.
    I'm finding the whole thing so demoralising though....I haven't even told anyone that we are ttc, so the usual questions by over-curious family and friends as to whether we're thinking of having kids is exhausting.
    Anyway, good luck all!
     
  17. EBC

    EBC New commenter

    Clueless i'm sure I can say that everyone ttc can understand how you feel. The fact that you haven't told anyone is completly your choice and unfortunately everyone else feels they can ask questions about you starting a family okay.
    We went through that at the beginning of our marriage but we were lucky enough to say, its too soon, or we'll we have a few more holidays in mind, and .....and...and, the reasons can go on. But after 5 years of marriage and the time being right, we couldn't just come out and say, we haven't but are trying.
    But soon enough, I told family, and then a few close friends. That stopped the questions but now friends wat to know how we're doing and about hosp appointments. But in truth I don't mind telling them. I want to talk about it as a sort of release.
    Have you got a plan, IF clomid doesn't work? Clomid has worked for some, and I was very positive, but i still made phonecalls to get seen by a fertility specialist.

     
  18. kittenmittens

    kittenmittens New commenter

    I'm due to start Clomid in 6 weeks or so after a HyCoSy - similar to HSG- and hubby's tests. I'm worried about side effects and time off work for tracking etc... if anyone could share Clomid experiences I'd be v grateful x
     
  19. Hi Kitten. I have been taking Clomid for 3 months with no side effects at all. No-one said anything about tracking to me? However, I am only taking it as an extra really as no problems have been found with myself. x
     
  20. EBC, thanks for the supportive words! I think the next step will be IUI but have my next appointment at the end of month, so will have more test results etc.then. Have got everything crossed that the Clomid works!
    Kitten, I have been taking Clomid for one month with no side effects at all. Will let you know how it goes.
     

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