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    Default First timer- IVF - scared!

    My husband and I have been ttc for over a year - started to get down with what seemed to be everyone falling preg around us but us! Saw our doc who suggested we did some testing- they showed I wasn't ovulating the same time each month ( and we thought that was a bump in the road) early dec I had bad pain in my side- ended up in hospital- found out I had a cyst on my left ovary, started to rupture and was gone two weeks later- had another follow up ultrasound which showed I now have another cyst on my right ovary. Booked into see Dr illingsworth at ivf westmeid- hubby's sperm count came back low but high mobility? Spoke to Dr Illingsworth and he said that with what has been going on with me & the results of DH test we will have to go through IVF we are young and have had a few people say 'your only young' but we want to have children soon- I guess Im looking for people to share their stories with me. We are seeing doc in a few days. Very nervous.

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    Hi SugaPlum,
    It's a very daunting experience and not one that anyone would choose to go down. My advice would be to get as much information as you can about your issues and not to be afraid to ask the fertility specialist questions. It's also good to get a second opinion. If you do go down the road of IVF, make sure that you have at least one person that you can confide in as the process can be emotionally draining.
    Good luck on your journey
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    Hi suga.. I'm an IVF success story.. We had unexplained infertility and after 12 months trying and a couple of iui cycles, we did IVF. I was 36. It worked first try and we got 10 frozen embies. Just over a year later we used one of those embies and tried naturally.. And both worked hence we now have twins as well! I remember being so terrified of IVF and the needles etc but the physical aspect ended up being the least of the problem.. The main issue for me was managing the stress and anxiety.. Everything becomes focused on the next test or scan and it was such a relief when we finally had our son. What is most interesting now we know we could conceive naturally is we wonder if we had done a few more cycles of blood tests to see exactly when I was ovulating if we could have avoided IVF. Anyway, we are very pleased with the result and while I'd say ask all the questions you need to and try all other things u feel appropriate first, you shouldn't be as scared as I was of the IVF process as it isn't really that bad. And if it doesn't happen straight away, that's ok too as lots of people I know took several goes. We went to genea (used to be Sydney IVF) which has some of the highest success rates. Good luck!

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    I am also an IVF success story. Just had a baby girl last August so it does work.

    I got pregnant naturally and suffered a miscarriage followed by 2 further pregnancies (naturally conceived) which ended in ectopic pregnancies so my only option at 29 was to go for IVF as I lost both of my fallopian tubes with the ectopics.

    My first attempt at IVF didn't work but I got pregnant on the 2nd attempt with an FET. I will hopefully be going back soon for another go.

    I was surprised that it wasn't anywhere near as bad as I had imagined it would be so don't be afraid. It is all worth it when you're holding your bubba at the end. Good luck x

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    Hi Sugaplum,
    I'm an IVF first timer too, can't give you a story yet but maybe we can support each other on the journey

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    Hi Sugaplum....I'm a first timer too. Its a daunting process isn't it. I see my FS on the 19th and I have a million questions to ask. I have good days and bad days but I'm looking forward to the reward at the end.

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    Hi Sugaplum

    I'm doing my first IVF too. Starting injecting just last Tuesday and am due to blood tests and ultrasound this Monday morning. I have to say that it took me ages to work up the courage to inject myself! It felt so weird! But hopefully everything will run smoothly and we'll have little bundles to cherish at the end.

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    I found the trick with injecting was to do it myself and not ask DH because you can stop if it's hurting you and move it to a different spot but another person wouldn't know it's hurting. I would wipe the area with an alcohol wipe then lean forward and grab as much belly fat as I could then just slip it in and honestly I couldn't even feel it. I was petrified of needles beforehand and I even fainted once when having my ears pierced so that gives you an idea how easy it is! If I can do it then anyone can!

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    Hi sugarplum,

    My husband and I started IVF in jan this year after about 21 months of TTC with no success. My advice would be to book in all the appointments you need to with FS etc because that part really can take a while. Once you have all the info and tests done that you need then you can make an informed decision on whether or not it's a path you want to go down.

    My husband and I found at about june last year that IVF would probably be needed. We then booked in with another FS as we weren't happy with our first one. And then after that we ended up putting it off for 4 months just because we wanted to keep trying naturally for a while and we wanted to be completely sure it was something both of us wanted to do. I am so happy we decided to. It is pretty tough emotionally and I haven't been doing it for long at all. I think with ivf there is just a lot of waiting around to do and a lot of unknowns and just such high expectations of it at the same time. But ttc naturally and feeling pretty hopeless about that can also be really tough..

    I hope you and your husband can work through it together and both be happy with what you decide. If you decide to do ivf there are lots of people on here ready to give you advice and support. I know I have found it really helpful.

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    Although the originally author doesn't seem to have returned, I'm so glad there are others here that were terrified but have done it and survived . We are just embarking & it's all so new and scary!


 

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