Hi my name is Alison and briefly I have attempted 2 IVF cycles. The first cycle resulted in 3 embryos, we had one transferred immediately and then a few months later the 2 frozen embryos were transferred. Second cycle only 2 embryos, both transferred, unsuccessful. I have severe Endometriosis, had a bowel resection 2 years ago and will be going in for more surgery in July. Then maybe IVF again, but am thinking of trying another clinic, living in regional NSW makes it tricky.
My reason for posting is I am writing a feature article for university studies and I am looking at IVF. I feel you only ever hear success stories in the media and all around. I am looking for people who have been through IVF willing to share some of their experiences. I will post questions below and if you are happy to answer some or all of them that would be brilliant.
How many IVF cycles have you attempted?
How much has IVF cost you financially (roughly)?
What were the reasons for trying IVF?
Has IVF affected your relationship with your partner, and if so how?
Have you been offered counselling at your clinic?
Has your clinic advised on lifestyle, diet and alternative therapies such as acupuncture etc and how they may impact your success with IVF?
Do you have a cut-off point or maximum number of IVF cycles you are willing to try?
Has your IVF specialist discussed with you how many cycles you should attempt?
Have you thought about life after IVF and what you will do if unsuccessful?
In your own words, and as many words as you like, describe how you feel IVF has changed who you are and/or impacted on your life.