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The fertility treatment thread

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

  1. Thank you Becky and EMC. I'm in Essex - or under 'East of England' and am going for my treatment in Oxford. Oxford Unit has been great - brand new facilities and no waiting list. Everyone around me seems to be getting pregnant too! Including sister/collegues. The hardest thing recently was sitting at the lunch table last term with three pregnant collegues all sitting around me discussing their bumps!
     
  2. kittenmittens

    kittenmittens New commenter

    Oh no Skippytrip - it seems like bumps are everywhere doesn't it?
    The hardest thing for me at the moment is constant nausea and revolting metallic taste which I think must be linked to the pcos. I'm definitely not pg, did a test today. I've had these symptoms on and off since I came off the pill and the dr at the fertility unit didn't really explain why I'm experiencing this, but it's horrible. I wouldn't mind if I was actually pregnant!
     
  3. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Skippy, I know of the herts and essex fertility clinic. A woman I knowhad IVF and got pregnant first time with twins.
    I have heard of the clinic in Oxford. Remind me, what stage are you at with treatment??

     
  4. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Hi, Can I join?

    My consultant has written to a fertility specialist on my behalf today. So I'm not even at stage one yet!

    It's all so emotionally confusing.
     
  5. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Welcome Lilac,
    Where abouts are you in uk?
    As for me, going to see gp today to see if he can prescribe the drugs I will need on the NHS.
    Unlikely but worth a go. Its all costing so much!!! Don't know how to do it all, but I like the hosp and dont want to wait for Oct (IVF on NHS).
    Hope your all well.
    eb x
     
  6. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Devon.

    Nothing available on NHS for me!


    Good luck.
     
  7. notascientist!

    notascientist! New commenter

    Lila, you are at the same stage as me; my GP has just referred us to Fertility Clinic so waiting for the letter now.
    We are in the position that have been trying for 18mths officially (2 years unofficially) and OH has the wrong shaped sperm ..... Will be undergoing lots of tests again soon for both of us, and age is against us (I will be 38 next birthday).
    Should be able to get first try of IVF on NHS but need to be on their books etc before my birthday. Wondering whether we might be able to finance one go as well ... but need more info first.
    Roll on letter so we know where we are!

     
  8. Hi, just to wish people luck. Keep reading but won't have anything to report until get to topof waiting list about April/May x
     
  9. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Hi notascientist,
    You haven't said where in uk you're from?

     
  10. notascientist!

    notascientist! New commenter

    I live in Bucks - initial clinics will be at local hospital, if we need IVF or other treatment like that (think we will!) our NHS hospital is Oxford but if we went privately then we would have other options....
    Just waiting for the letter at the moment and then we will have further information to deal with.
     
  11. Hiya all! Thanks for your kind comments - I've just had my first free cycle in Oxford, EBC. I had a choice of 5 hospitals and went for Oxford as they seemed to have the highest success rate (I compared the data on the websites). Oxford has just moved to brand new facilities and its all very state of the arrt, so would recommend. Didn't find the drug taking too bad, started with nasal spray, then injections - but didn't react too badly to them. This is probably not a good thing tho because I didn't have a particualrly good response - even though I was on the biggest dose they'd give! They extracted 4 eggs, 2 fertilized and were 'A' grade. They put them back in but - alas it wasn't to be. Am seeing the consultant on the 4th Feb to discuss next steps.
     
  12. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Oh skippy! I think your about 8 weeks ahead of me. About to start as soon as first cycle begins around 1st Feb. Everything you've just said is what has been explained to us. From what I gather its bloods, Hycosy, scans and if all alright, injections and possibly the spray sniffer. Gonal F has been mentioned.
    We won't know till the first bloods and hycosy.
    I was glad to hear about the two fertilised but so so sorry to hear it not working out.
    I'm not sure what happens if IVF doesnt work?? I guess you can do it again??
    Good luck and thanks for the advice. Look forward to hearing from you again.
    eb xx
     
  13. kittenmittens

    kittenmittens New commenter

    Sorry it hasn't happened for you Skippytrip. ((((((((())))))))))
    EBC I'm terrified of having the hycosy (2 weeks away now, after Provera). I have a low pain threshold and generally cry like a wimp at blood tests, smears, anything remotely painful. Hubby is much more chilled out about doing his SA, I can't decide which is worse really! Do you know if you get told your tubes are like at the time of the procedure or sometime afterwards?
     
  14. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Erm im not sure. I had my tubes checked last April when I had a laparoscopy.
    I've been told that the Hycosy is just like an internal scan. Not to be too gross but its actually thinner than a smear test probe. And plastic, and they lube it, so not as painful as a smear, just really ...ooooooooh... when it goes in. LOL LOL.
    With hubby's SA, we got to go in together, which was hillarious again. Oh well, get used to it I guess, we'll have a lot more prodding and probing as treatment goes on.
     
  15. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Thanks for finding that from the NUT Juju. I will tried to find it for myself and provide a copy for school.
    Mrscool: Were in London, the NHS hospital said that there were 3 fertility clinics that they could refer us to and it goes by proximity to where you live. So for us, North London - the closest was Homerton in Hackney. It wasnt bad and fairly new.
    After deciding to go privately, we looked at two. The herts and essex fertility clinc in Cheshunt, and Center for genetic and reproductive health- i think. CRGH. Found on HEFA's website.
    We had lots of initial test done at Homerton on the NHS before deciding to go elsewhere, but crgh did some too.
    As for time off. I took the first 2 appointments and just told them it was hosp. But then I spoke to Deputy head as she was most approachable, and told her what we were considering. She understood, and let me take the morning off for the third appointment. I always took am appointments as I could go back to school afterwards.
    Now, as things have got more serious, I told headteacher and Bursar. I explained that I will need time for appointments, then truthfully said that after the actual IVF, will possibly need two weeks off. She understood and seemed okay with it. I told her that I wanted to be honest with them, and explained that it's not yet, so she has time to research what she needed, e.g will it be paid or unpaid, am i entitled to attend as many appointments as needed etc.

     
  16. Its encouraging to see that it is actually possible...I hope that everyone will be supportive at my school as well...
    We are in North London as well..What is your opinion about Herts and Essex facility? It might be the closer one...need to check how to get there...
    What actually happens once you conceive??Do you then go back to NHS??
    So have you got the treatment scheduled??Did you find out if you will get paid or unpaid leave??
    I know these are a lot of questions...please bear with me...its just that this is not a situation that most people go through...
     
  17. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Mrscool, its funny were both north london.
    The herts and essex is a good clinic from what ive heard. We know of a woman who went there and got pregnant first time with IVF with twins. Its only up the A10, so not difficult to reach.
    We considered it a lot but then decided on crgh because of their success rates being so high.
    If you do..no...WHEN you get pregnant, I think you simply go to your local hosp - nhs. But that does depend on what you want. Another IVF ex collegue got pregnant - first attempt, is still at the hosp because she has other complications, so she decided to stay on. I dont think you have to pay, because like crgh, it is still a normal hosp, but has private treatment, so i dont think she pays. But she does have to travel into London. I guess, i will stay closer to home.
    I don't have a 'treatment schedule', but I was made aware of the days I will need to have scans and tests, when it does start, so ...days 1-4 scan, then days 7-13, scan and drugs etc
    I have told school that when it does start, i will give them as much notice, even if it is 3 days or so. Oh and I guess, from the NUT site that juju gave us, it is paid and NOT sick leave. Perhaps the 2 weeks i expect to have off, will still be paid, but classed as sick leave.
    Keep asking, feel free. I'm not entirely sure, but maybe the other girls who are ahead, may have more insight.
     

  18. Thanks for all the info...Good luck with your treatment...Keep me posted..I will be looking forward to hearing some gr8 news from you...soon..I shall let you know once I decide where to go...need to start ringing some of the centres to get more info...
     
  19. EBC..just wondering if you would like to share your e-mail id..so that we can keep in touch..privately...
     
  20. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Does anyone/everyone else go in phases of wanting to do it followed by really not wanting it?
     

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