I did introduce myself on a couple of threads but haven't had a whole lot of replies so aim trying again. I probably didn't write too much because I was nervous and may not have posted in the right forums so here's my second attempt! i am still new to this site and am trying desperately to decide whether or not to give up on my eggs and look for a donor.
I am 43 years old, a health professional, a shift worker, I've never been pregnant and now up to and cycling in cycle number 13. First scan today. 2 follicles. My amazing partner is 46, and dearly wants us both to experience parenthood. His family are very close and he, like me, grew up thinking family is everything.
We met only 5 years ago, but have been trying to conceive for the last 3-4. The last 2 and a bit of which have been on IVF and ICSI. It turned out I have severe endometriosis. Several of our cycles (regrettably 50%) have been cancelled due to an unusual drug reaction that causes me to spontaneously ovulate, thereby "loosing" my eggs and EPUB is cancelled. The cycles that have made it through have usually resulted in 2-3 eggs and 2 embryos which we have transferred back with no positive results. I never make it to the blood test. My period has always beaten me to it.
In the attempt to fall pregnant, I have changed my diet and tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I've tried herbal treatments and acupuncture and still continue this now. I'm on the highest dose of Gonal F and now, on morning and evening doses of Cetretide, the longer lasting antagonist.
I had my first informal chat to the counsellor in my IVF clinic today and it was mentioned that it is difficult to conte to cycle and make a decision about whether or not to give up on the dream of a biological child and begin the journey with hopefully, a willing donor.
I am looking for advice, some hand holding and any insights others more advanced along this path may have.
I always imagined myself with a family. I am a acaring and responsible person whose job is to care for others but I also care for my elderly mothers and before that for my gran who lived to the amazing age of 102. My husband is the best person ever. I am so blessed to have met him although it took till late in life.
Looking forward to your feedback/thoughts. Good luck on your own journeys whatever stages you are all at,