Wow, that moved quickly over the past two days when I haven't been near the computer
Leisylou.... hang in there with your cycling. The one thing I always found is that you could never predict how the cycle was going to go.... sometimes it went longer or shorter than I thought it should and it turned out better than an average length cycle, changing meds were meant to make certain differences and they didn't etc etc. As for injections, I am a complete needle phobe and always have been. I cannot look at the needle even sitting on the table, so thankfully my DH has been amazing - he has this no fuss, stand against the wall (so I can't back away) attitude, which is just what I need. Lots of people have said ice does the trick, but I can't stand the thought of cold ice on my tummy, and know, for me, it's not the actual sting of the needle, but the whole mental thing, and ice won't help my mental view of needles!! I know that's probably not much help, but perhaps knowing other people's experiences might help pave the way.
Luckyme... so sorry to hear that this one didn't stick.
I won't get Friday's BT results until tomorrow (Mon) as my specialist never rang back and the GP on-call wouldn't tell me the results over the phone, so have no idea if I'm safely over the 6 week mark yet or not.
However, I really have no idea why this IUI worked, when 8 stim cycles of my own eggs and 4 cycles using my sister's donor eggs didn't work. It totally doesn't make any sense. As Emski and Blonde say, it's really, unfortunately a bit of luck and is in the lap of the gods. For me, changing meds, protocols, cycle lengths etc etc didn't make any difference. Moving onto donor eggs, I really thought was going to do the trick, but no.
I wrote this somewhere else, but for the new readers I'll write it again.
Things that I did differently in this IUI, compared to the previous 12 cycles:
- I didn't eat pineapple core
- I didn't do acupuncture
- I didn't have an endometrial scratch
What did I do, that I think played a part:
- I continued taking Clexane at 60, as I have for four cycles
- I took Neupogen (a daily form of IVIG) for the second cycle in a row, so it's spread out, rather just in one go as an infusion
- I only had Intrallipid infusion before the IUI, rather than the much more expensive IVIG, but I think it was the two previous cycles using IVIG that helped build up what my body needed (and these two cycles were my first ever recorded levels of Hcg at 3 and 5 respectively)
- by not having a transfer, there was no chance of my uterus going into a spasm during the transfer and ejecting the little thing straight away (there is a little bit of research about this, some FS are prescribing relaxants etc for transfer, but my FS wouldn't entertain the thought)
I asked "why did this work and not the 12 invasive previous cycles", but neither my FS nor my immune specialist could sufficiently answer this. My FS answer was, "for someone who has tried so many times, it was bound to happen." Very scientific there! My immune specialist was a bit stumped and really just agreed with my, "Perhaps it's a build up of the immune meds."
I'm not sure that helps some of you at all, but I guess it's perseverance that pays off. Believe my, I have cried and howled for the whole of the first two years and never thought I get through it. Believe me, I have paid out so much money, that I don't want to think about it, and certainly my DH is particularly annoyed about the money (that's mild terms!!) Believe me, I've withdrawn from so many social events and lunches with friends, as I've just coped with this journey. No wonder I'm addicted to Bubhub!!!