Hi everyone - I'm fairly new to this site, and don't understand the acronyms so will write it all out longhand, if that's ok.
My specialist prescribed DHEA for poor egg quality 6 weeks ahead of my second IVF-ICSI cycle. I had what can best be described as continual panic attacks and a couple of 'episodes' of feeling extreme anxiety, followed by a draining feeling and feeling like passing out. This only happened in the first two weeks of taking DHEA, and when I mentioned it to my specialist, she dismissed it having anything to do with DHEA. What total crap. I decided to continue taking it, but unfortunately, it didn't appear to have much effect on my eggs. My second ICSI cycle resulted in only 3 mature eggs, none of which fertilised (they apparently were very 'oozy' when injected). Just gutted. My specialist told us that given the poor egg quality it's highly unlikely we'll have kids of our own. Still trying to process that .... I convinced her we'd like to give it one more try in October this year, with a break of 4 months to (hopefully) give some of the crap eggs a chance to cycle through and produce some better ones. I'll continue on DHEA during that time ... maybe a longer exposure to the drug will produce a better result. I'm taking 75mg per day.
God, at this stage, I'm willing to try just about anything .. the thought of not having a child to love, and teach things to is just heartbreaking. My husband would make a brilliant dad, and I'd like to think I'd make a good mum.
This is one of the most soul destroying things I have ever done, and the odds are stacked against me. To add insult to injury, I appear to have picked up an infection after the second egg pick up, which resulted in excruciating pain for the best part of a week. My GP put me on Oxycontin to try and get the pain back under control, and my specialist didn't really acknowledge it may have come from the egg collection procedure and just handed me a script for an antibiotic. The pain lessened fairly quickly, so I guess that was the problem.
Sorry for rambling -- I've had a really crappy week and am over bursting into tears all the time. It feels good to vent to other ladies going through the same ups and downs.
Good luck everyone!
I am 40, my Husband is 35
1st IVF-ICSI cycle --> 5 mature eggs, 1 fertilised; transferred as 3 day embryo but it didn't stick the landing
2nd IVF-ICSI cycle --> 3 mature eggs, none fertilised.
Told we'll never have kids of our own, but one more try lined up for October