I had my first appt with my new FS at Next Generation Fertility (Sydney) and decided on IVF straight away, after 5 clomid cycles which weren't successful. I have PCOS and only recently found out I have severe endometriosis as well so I got a double whammy! My ovaries are so swollen they are sitting low and touching . So I start CP for 2 weeks from Wed and start nasal spray toward the end of that as well.
Have found the info people have put here useful, here are my first questions:
Re: the no sex during the TWW - Is that just no intercourse, or all funny business involving my nether regions? I'm not even going to apologise for TMI because this whole journey is TMI and nothing is taboo for me anymore
Re: the weight gain, is that mostly from the hormones, a fear of exercise during cycles, or a combination of both?
Do the hormones really make you 'psycho' as someone recently told me? (she hasn't done IVF)
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01-08-2011 21:03 #131
03-08-2011 02:06 #132
I too am new to this, in fact this is my 1st post. This thread is such a great resource! So, thankyou
My advice after only one ICSI cycle is to try to be as realistic as possible at every step along the way. See each step as an achievement in itself and then gird yourself to get through the next step.. I think this helped DH & I to survive our 1st cycle.
Also, be prepared that whether you go private or public (we went private due to complicated MF) the bills will seem astronomical. The financial strain is one factor we undrestimated.
As for the hormones, my body loved them during the cycle, however post cycle & post miscarriage my PCOS symptoms are worse than ever, I have even returned to being insulin resistant after years of managing weight & diet to overcome this.
Good luck to everyone . Our motto is "No Regrets"... So hang in there & hold on to hope like she's your best friend!
PS. I have to mention that I found acupuncture to be an amazing resource during our cycle! Especially if stress is an issue for you (anyone going through IF not stressed?) then definitely give it a try. DH & I definitely credit it to my coping so well through our cycle. A little hint, if you find a practitioner who is also a Dr then it is claimable on Medicare, as most IVF'rs have reached the Safety Net, the rebate is around 80-90%. Our Dr charged $100 per session, which ended up costing us $13 after our Safety Net rebate. Your IVF clinic should be able to give you the names of some good practitioners in your area. Good luck!
03-08-2011 08:19 #133
04-08-2011 13:15 #134
I had my treatment at Sydney IVF & they gave me a list of acupuncturists who specialise in fertility treatment. I only called the ones that were DRs, as the amount I could claim back on my Private Health Insurance was a pitance. You could call your FS nurse or anyone on here found a Dr that does acupuncture in Brisbane?
04-08-2011 14:48 #135
I'm live in Bne but going to westmead so not sure who to ask. I have my first appt next week anyone have a list of questions I need to ask ?
09-08-2011 17:40 #136
Hi Meshell23 I wanted to wish you luck with your IVF. I am in Sydney so can't help with your dr. I am currently 9weeks 1day pregnant from our first ICSI attempt. I have low AMH (ovarian reserve) and we used donor sperm (as I am in a same sex relationship) I took syneral and puregon (200) they retreived 6 eggs but only 4 were mature but they all fertilized and we put one back (this pregnancy) and have 3 on ice.
I hope you IVF is a fast journey. The women on here are amazingly supportive and soooo informative!!!! Best of luck
10-08-2011 09:22 #137
Hi Meshell23, did you mean to name me in that post? I was just about to respond, as I was with Prof. Dunphy at Bubtree and saw that you'd sent one to LizzieG, which was a bit spookey 8-|
Anyway, Prof Dunphy got me up the duff!! In the most clinical sense ;o) It was our second attempt. DH and I are in the same situation as you, all my bits came up fine, great egg count for my age (41), etc, but DH's sperm was a little on the confused side, I think his was more like 89% defunct - we were told that if it's over 90% they recommend sperm donor so we just scraped it. Our first attempt was not with ICSI and it failed - we got 22 eggs, 16 fertilised (if I recall correctly) but when day 5 came we just had one blastocyst, no frosties. I wish we'd have been offered HA ICSI at the time as we would have pulled out all the stops first hit. Anyway, the second time we used HA ISCI and I'm now 8 weeks and 4 days pregnant ... now I'm just stressing about staying that way!! We got a similar amount of eggs and fertilisation to the first time and still only ended up with one blasto and no frosties, so it just goes to show that you really do only need one.
I highly recommend Prof Dunphy, he knows his stuff and is a very nice man, and the nurses at Monash/Bubtree are lovely, very warm, it was a personal treatment rather than being 'just another number', I really felt that they were invested in our success.
My advise Mishell is to try your best to take it in your stride and carry on as normally as possible, I was obsessed the first time and put so much pressure on getting it right first time that when it failed the emotional impact was ten times worse. Whatever happens, particularly considering your age, I'm sure it will happen for you, so try to relax and yes, party your **** off in Bali!!
Sending you lots of baby dust and good vibes, best of luck and keep us up to date.
10-08-2011 09:51 #138Junior Member
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so unfortunately our first attempt at IVF & ICSI hasn't turned out positively - only 2 at pick up & then only 1 fertilised with a day 2 transfer & a negative bt at the end.
we saw our fs yesterday & he seemed to be baffled why i didn't respond to the treatment very well. he put me on puregon with 350 dose & expected a better response from me as i'm 32 & apparently thats not a low dose to start with. our fs didn't factor in me having any problems as after all the tests he's found that its the dh thats slightly challenged (i say that lovingly )
we're starting again next cycle - around 12 days away & he now increased puregon to 450. he's also suggested i do a bt to check my egg reserves.
our fs initially assured us that our success rate was very high for a positive result first time around & think we just put too much weight on that & were very disappointed, confused & a basket full of all other emotions that come with this process.
dear meshel23, i'm sertainly not an expert at any of this as i've only done a cycle once, but the main advice i can give, is be calm, positive & optimistic, but don't put too much pressure on yourself (i know, easier said than done!)
Wishing all you girls the best of luck with your cycles & keeping fingers crossed
04-09-2011 19:27 #139
Hi ladies. I hope that you don't mind if I join you. I've just found out that we need IVF, so booked in to start first cycle in December. Really nervous and hoping that some of you lovely ladies will be able to give me some tips on staying sane!
My hubby has very low sperm count and poor morphology. I have possible endo. Having laparoscopy sometime between now and November, hopefully sooner rather than later. Spent today filling in all the paperwork for the IVF clinic - registration, police checks etc... Never seen so much paperwork!!! Going through Monash, so hoping it's okay.
All the best for all of you. Hope things all go really well. xxx
03-10-2011 22:30 #140Junior Member
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After four cycles ( 3 fresh and 1 frozen) I have a BFP!!!. Early days yet. My tips would be to focus on the positives, i.e. I got one embryo on 1st cycle, three on 2nd and 5 on third fresh cycle. Each cycle teaches you something about your body and you can use that information to improve the next cycle. Take time out to talk to your partner and remember that you both need to support and reassure each other. Good Luck to everyone. I hope you all get your BFP !!
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