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The fertility treatment thread

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

  1. impis

    impis New commenter

    Just remembered another one.
    Sometimes called 'Jaffa' - as he is seedless!
  2. kittenmittens

    kittenmittens New commenter

    How's everyone doing? Hope you're having a relaxing weekend.
    I'm feeling a bit calmer about it all at the moment, enjoying some couple time with DH- lie-ins, hobbies, planning weekends away. He did another SA last week so waiting for the results now, hoping these are better than the first sample!
  3. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Hi all,
    Good to hear Kittens - That's what we do. We stop at be thankful of all the things we can do/have because we don't have children. Lie-ins and weekends doing nothing are one of those things.
    As for me, AF arrived last week, WOO HOO, this means I start Down-regulating for IVF in 2 weeks. Tablets at first till next AF.
    Excited and nervous.
    How are you?
  4. Hi ladies, I'm currently getting highs on monitor so waiting for hubby to get home!
    We are going away at the weekend and again at Easter which we wouldn't be able to do as easily with a baby so we too are trying to make the most of being non-parents.
    EBC, what is down-regulating?
  5. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Juju - This is from my clinic's brochure:
    Down regulation happens after the pre-ivf investigations. It happens in the month before treatment. It includes taking pills and sometimes a nasal spray. They prevent your ovaries from forming cysts before stimulation is started.
    From what I gather, the tablet or spray really slow down your ovaries from working as usual. The stimulating drugs help your ovaries to hyper produce more than just the usual one egg.
    I will be taking the tablets only. I think it depends on your individual results. I will take these from day 14-25. I expect to see a period after that, and then start stimming injections.

  6. Hi,
    I have not posted on this thread before - have been on ttc one for a while. I've just had results from 21 day blood test and my progesterone levels are too low. My cycles have been 28 days but have been getting positive ov on opk day 21 - 25. Doctor said she will refer me to a specialist one hubby has provided a sperm sample - he isnot best pleased but has said he will do it this week.
    My questions are:
    1. Is it normal to test OH before referral?
    2. How long will referral take? Does anyone have experience of low progesterone? and what are the treatments?
    Googling has frightened me so i'd rather have advice from someone who knows first hand.
    Thanks for letting me ramble on, I don't know what I'd do without this forum!
  7. Yes and I got a letter from the hospital listing a few other things I needed testing eg. Chlamydia
    I think it took about 4 months for the initial consultation and then had to have some other tests, ultrasound etc Then unfortunately it was another 6 months for the next appointment.But that would depend where you live I think.
    I'm afraid I don't have experience of low progesterone

  8. Hi Jujubear,
    Thanks for your reply so quickly. It looks like it'll be longer than i thought but at least i can see a light at the end of the tunnel now and it looks like we are on the right track now. Had all the other blood tests done and smear test and other swab things done!! Yakk! All clear except progesterone.
    Good luck xx
  9. Hi there,
    I'm on my fourth month of Clomid and have decided that the constant squirming out of the inevitable question :'So, when are you thinking of starting a family?' has to stop but try as I might, I just can't bear the thought of telling friends/family about our issues - I can't put my finger on why but I just find the whole idea abhorrent. OH thinks it would be good, maybe cathartic, to let people know that we are both trying and undergoing treatment, so I just wondered what you ladies thought or how you felt telling people, if you have?
    Thanks and good luck xx
  10. Clueless, I am on my fifth month of Clomid. Everyone who knows me knew we would start TTC as soon as we were married (Aug 2008) as it's what I've waited my whole life for. I have told pretty much everyone that we are having problems and we are starting IVF etc in May( except for the people at my new job after Easter!). It's in my nature to tell everyone about everything anyway and I can't lie when asked a direct question but I do think it has helped me.
    Generally people know not to ask and they don't bring the conversation up unless I want to talk about it but it has also helped me realise actually how common it is for people to start the treatment process, even if they don't need it in the end. I have met quite a few people who are willing to share their experiences of IVF etc too and that has given me hope.
    I don't think it's a subject that needs to be hidden away at all. And at least people will understand if you start crying at the sight of someone buying baby food etc!
  11. notascientist!

    notascientist! New commenter

    Hello everyone,
    I have been reading this regularly but not posting too often - I'm trying not to obsess, but who am I really kidding???!!!
    Had a hard couple of days - our last month before hosp appointment on Tuesday; had lots of symptoms (even though was TRYING not to think!) but as expected, Af arrived yesterday. Really bad cramps too to make things worse. I was so bad tempered and grumpy yesterday, it just seemed so unfair.
    Today I feel more positive, but not great. OH really doesn't seem to get it, especially the cramping pains ....
    Still, sort of looking forward to hospital, though expect it will be tests again. At least it is a step forward. Expecting to need IVF tbh as OH sperm is strange shape (but they will retest). Was hoping that maybe I'd get Chlomid but not sure as prob doesn't seem to be me..... Just want soemthing to happen but seems a long way off and I'm 38 in a months time.
    Good luck everyone,
    NAS x
  12. Good for you Kittens, it's good to have some me me me time!
    Well it's month 11 for us and am feeling surprisingly calm about it all. I fully accept that we're going to need some help and look forward to starting something, anything!
    I had a sad moment last week when I saw my SIL, she's 7 months pg after having a phantom pregnancy, She asked if I wanted to see the baby bits she had and of course I said yes. I'm so thrilled for them, especially after what happened, but couldn't help feeling sad for us.
    I hope you're all well x
  13. Paradoxicalgirly

    Paradoxicalgirly New commenter

    Just to let you know guys that I've got a BFP. Didn't get a positive on a pregnancy test though. I had brown stuff when AF was due last week and assumed the Clomid was messing with my period again as it had done the previous month.
    So I contacted the consultant, they asked me to come in and the EPU nurse did a blood test which showed I'm pregnant. She's just been to take more bloods to check levels are rising.
    NO CONGRATULATIONS please. I don't believe in them until there's a baby - but please feel free to send me luck!
    This was third month of Clomid and I'd assumed I hadn't OVd as I had very little EWCM, and usually I have bucketloads. I also used progesterone cream this month.
  14. GOOD LUCK!!!!!
    Everyone deserves a BFP and I'm really pleased for you to be getting it one way or another. I'll wait to congratulate you but certainly hoping everything goes well for you!
    Lily x x
  15. Best of Luck, Paradoxical xx
  16. Oh wow Paradoxical! Wishing you all the luck in the world xx
  17. kittenmittens

    kittenmittens New commenter

    Best of luck PG, really hope this one sticks for you xx
    Feeling sad... my sister in law brought her LO round yesterday, he is a gorgeous 2 year old and we had a nice time to start with, then I started noticing various little things until I was convinced that she's pg. She clocked my reaction and knows I know, but obviously doesn't want to announce it yet. This is definitely not paranoia, hubby noticed it all too and he knows very little about pregnancy at this stage! We knew they were trying, they got a BFP first month tyring with LO no 1 and have got their second one first time too. I've told her about our fertility treatment becuase I'd rather people knew than put their foot in it. She was lovely to me and I held it together all day til they left but I completely broke down last night, hardly slept at all last night then cried all the way to work today. I don't think I'll ever get pregnant. We know that hubby has sperm problems now and I very much doubt we'll get Clomid when we go back to the fertility unit in 2 weeks. He's seeing a hormone specialist tomorrow, not sure what they'll do. I can see this dragging on for so many more months and coming between us as I'm so anxious and depressed about it.
    I don't know what to do with myself. [​IMG]
  18. Kitten, I'm sorry. Know exactly how you feel. [​IMG]
    They might give you Clomid anyway. They gave it to me and there was no reason to but said may as well while I'm on waiting list. It hasn't worked yet though, unfortunately x
  19. Paradoxicalgirly

    Paradoxicalgirly New commenter

    Thanks ladies and (((((Kittens)))))
  20. becky70

    becky70 Occasional commenter

    Good luck, Para. Hope all goes well.

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