Butterfly: Very interesting about the Tibetan Monks. I think if any kind of complementary therapy etc resonates (like acupuncture or TCM etc), then by all means, give it a go even if the only thing it helps is your sanity!!
I've never given up caffeine and still haven't, so you're a stronger woman than I!! However, I've always kept to within the 200mg's a day preggo guideline at all times. I rarely drink coffee, I just like to have my cup of tea of a morning and early afternoon is all Yes, I believe I agree that all the vitamins and supplements I took not only made me feel and look better, but I genuinely believe it helped maximise my egg quality and DP's sperm quality too (had him taking WDA's list for men for a couple of months before Cycle 4's TESA procedure). Even the Embryologist said that DP's sperm quality was slightly better than on Cycle 1,2 and 3 which was the proof in the pudding for me
Do you have PCO(S)?? Just curious as your FSH dosage seems a little low and more on par for PCO(S) girls. I've always been a normal responder, so my dosages have varied between 225IU and at its highest, 450IU in Cycle 4 which I feel was too high and not of any benefit to me egg number wise, so told WDA I wanted to go back onto a lower dose for Cycle 5 (300IU) which he agreed to.
What else can I tell you?? I've also just remembered that before I started Cycle 5, one of my BH mates Domiffy (who's usually over on my other thread), bought to my attention that optimal TSH levels for conception and pregnancy should be well under 2. At the time I'd just had all of my bloods redone and my level was right up against the ceiling at 4.0 (the levels at the lab for normal were between 0.3-4.0)..technically normal, but subclinical on a medical level. I did some quick research about this, then headed off to my GP to request going on a preventative dose of Thyroxine to get my levels down before I started my cycle and after explaining everything to her, she agreed, so that's what I did. I also found out a short time later from a preggo acquaintance of mine who has Hashimoto's that the OB's up at the hospital like TSH levels to be 2 and under for pregnancy.
I don't know if getting my levels down into the optimal range contributed to my BFP last cycle, but just wanted to have all my duck's in a row if you know what I mean?? Other than that, the only other thing is we used thawed TESA sperm this time as opposed to fresh in Cycle 4 (WDA got enough from DP then to freeze a couple of vials for the future).
Your embies are in way better shape than mine were, so am keeping my and sending that there's at least one sticky one in there for you Look, as you'll see from my signature, I've had ET's on almost every day conceivable (except a Day 6) and as I've said over on my other thread, I've come to the conclusion that if an embryo is genetically normal/competent enough to go on to form a healthy baby, I really don't think it makes any difference what day you transfer it on. It will either keep going or it won't.
I have much the same opinion when it comes to the grading of embryo's. Statistically, a "top drawer" embryo might give you a better chance of a BFP then a lower grade one, but at the end of the day, it's whether the embryo is genetically normal. The scientists can only see so much using a microscope, and unless you have them tested, you don't know, it's pot luck and accounts for why some "dodgy" looking embryo's implant and go on to form healthy babies, and other "perfect" looking embryo's don't(all things being equal with the woman and her oven of course). We put 'em in and we hope for the best as that's all we can do. Well, that's what I think anyway.
Oh, and quickly, Vixjc, I downloaded my meditation from www.anjiionline.com/..she has some short freebie tracks, others you have to pay for. Not sure about the I-Pod, as I downloaded onto my PC and burned it onto a CD (so old school I know!!) Anyway Luv, hope this helps and good luck to you too!!!
Have a good weekend everyone!!!