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    Default IVF Over 40

    Hi everyone

    I just wanted to write this thread because I know there was nothing like it when I was considering IVF. I did a lot of research and all the statistics basically told me to give up or that I would need donated eggs or sperm etc etc etc.

    I am 43 years old. My husband is 46. We married in February 09 and neither of us were already blessed with children. We decided pretty quickly that kids were something we wanted to try and have. Nothing happened after a few months of trying. Off we went to see a fertility specialist. Despite the pretty bad stats we were given there as well, we decided to give IVF a go.

    Our only real issue was my age. But...first cycle, 8 eggs were harvested, 3 fertilised and all 3 transferred. Then to our amazement, I got a positive pregnancy test. I am now almost 10 weeks pregnant and despite a few little humps, all is going well, no morning sickness to speak of, hardly anything else. We know that there is still some way before we finally have our baby but if we hadn't tried, we wouldn't even have got this far.

    I will be 44 when I deliver. It's a miracle.

    For anyone over 40 considering IVF, you have to give it a go. You just don't know what will happen if you try and you will regret it forever if you don't try.

    Good luck.

    LuckyAPA

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    Hi Lucky

    I remember you from a few weeks ago!

    Once again, congratulations! So glad to hear that things are going well.

    An inspirational story all the very best to you!

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    Thanks Lucky2bMum

    I'm just thinking if there had been something to inspire us, we would have attempted IVF at least a few months earlier......

    LuckyAPA

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    Hi luckyAPA.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy what an inspiring stroy. I wish you the best of luck. I have been doing IVF since I was 37 I am going to be 42 in December and no luck yet. I am currently PUPO so hopefully my luck is changing.

    Thanks for sharing

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    Dear Minibar

    Just before we did IVF, my mother-in-law said to me 'if you want something badly enough and the timing is right, you will get it somehow'.
    I'm hoping she is right.
    Good Luck to you!!!! I hope you get everything your heart desires, and soon!!!!
    And to all you over 40's....GO FOR IT!!!!!

    I've just discovered the one downside to being pregnant at 43.....the number of judgemental, inconsiderate people around who think that they have the right to comment on whether women over 40 should be allowed to have babies, yes, they actualy used the word allowed. Usually they are women under 40 who I work with who have children and never had a problem conceiving them. Wow, imagine the comments when they actually find out I'm up the duff!!!!!!

    LuckyAPA

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    Default So good to read....

    Hi Lucky

    What an awesome outcome for the both of you. I do infact, know precisely how you both feel.

    I'm 45 with a sperm morphology problem and wifey has just turned 40. She however, is fit and well. We had been trying for three years with no hint of success. We finally dragged ourselves along to our GP and then jumped on board the rollercoaster that is IVF/ICSI.

    Right now we've just had our BT to confirm our pregnancy and we're about 5 -6 weeks gone. Our scan is in December and we're looking forward to hearing our baby's heartbeat for the very first time.

    On our EPU, we had only 5 eggs, 4 fertilised, 1 lost, 2 frosties and 1 implanted.

    Isn't it the most amazing thing to realise, after believing for so long that nature wasn't going to allow your family to be? The entire world has changed for us and everything, everything now seems different to me in the best possible way. I just know you guys know what I'm talking about.

    And what you said about judgemental people...well this is a prime reason why wifey and I have told almost no one. Some comments can cut straight through us and cause so much hurt and they are spoken so casually and easy by others. They simply don't and will never understand what so many couples are willing to put themselves through what they have taken for their right....children.

    There is a specific over 35's IVF forum here too if you're interested. I'm there somewhere on it.

    I'm delighted to have read your post and just know you and DH will continue on the 9 month journey well.

    Paul
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    Thank you for this thread. I am 42 and have one child. I fell with him accidentally the very first time at the very tender age of 17. He is now 24, married and he and his wife are expecting in February.

    I have spent the last 24 years having a successful career and trying to make something of myself after being classified a 'teen mum' for so many years.

    All I really ever wanted to do was become a mum again and do things 'the right way' but after a couple of failed relationships and a miscarriage in my mid thirties (which ruined the struggling relationship I was in at the time), I gave up on my dream and just concentrated on my job.

    Two years ago, just when I least expected it I met the most lovely man in the world and we have been delightfully happy ever since. He is 32 and always wanted children so we decided a year ago to give it a try despite my age.

    After 3 months of trying we went for tests and found we had male factor infertility. It was a bit of a shock as we assumed the problems would be with me. He is 6'7 with the biggest heart and would make the greatest dad. It seems cruel that the only thing he doesn't have in abundance is sperm!

    Our first FS made us try IUI for three months before we could have a round of IVF through ICSI. I was so angry when I realised we were never going to fall on IUI given DP's sperm count. He was just wasting our time! And at 42 I didn't have any time left to waste!

    After a chemical pregnancy on our first round of IVF (they are harder on the emotions than you'd think), I found an FS who specialised in 'old gals' and changed across to him.

    Am now PUPO on my second round of IVF and got OHSS pretty badly last week two days after transfer. Was on a drip for a day and bed ridden for a week. Apparently this is a good sign for pregnancy although it's getting better today so I'm wondering if it's now not such a great sign.

    Due for BT on Saturday 5 December at 19dpo. The 2ww it harsh!

    I love the support of BH. This thread for the over 40's is just brilliant. Glad we can all keep the faith together!!!!

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    Hi all

    Penny - Whoa there girl. What an incredible ride you've been on since you were 17. And after all that, you're now in the middle of your 2WW. Congratulations to you and your DH. Our 2WW finished just over a week ago with a BFP for us on our very first round of IVF. We both can't believe how fortunate we are and a quite aware of how many others haven't been. I'm sure the 2WW is the worst part of the process, although in our early days I needed a karyotype test and that took 6 weeks to get the results. Man, that was a killer wait too. We all have our for the very best result for you. Keep us informed.

    Kismet - I think you hit the nail on the head when you said " Perseverance is the key to anyone considering or currently going through this process " This is one of many attributes people are going to need in vast amounts to get through the IVF/ICSI process. Very nicely put.

    Lucky - 10 weeks gone, well done. Have you googled to see what a 10 week old foetus looks like yet? A 5-6 week foetus like ours looks like a seahorse. My wifey's body is doing some awesome things. Changes, big changes even this early. Her sense of smell and taste are changing, her (.)(.) are achy and substantially fuller and her once flat, little tummy is now oh so cute and round. I can't help kissing and talking to it. Weird hey!

    So for now, everyone enjoy the coming of December and look after yourselves.

    Love & Peace

    Paul
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    Paul congrats to you and your wife.

    Lucky 10 weeks already that's fantastic, nearly passed the first trimester.

    Jen I remember you from one of the previous threads, I hope this is the one for you.

    Penny & Kismet good to see tou both here in the over 40's.

    One week to go for me, BT next Monday - I hatre this week, it stresses me out.

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    Hi,

    I am new to all this and I am not sure how it all works.

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