Good luck today Karen and I am thinking of you and sending loads of
for lots of nice eggies today!! xx
Betsy - hope you have a lovely few days away, where did you go, anywhere nice? xx
Apple Tree - wishing you loads of luck with your journey, and with choosing the donor, it does sound exhausting xx
WW - Think I've said hello to you previously somewhere. I hope your break from the boards was relaxing, and brilliant news that you have started with a new clinic, are they going to be doing things differently for you? x
Lou - I was in a similar situation to you a few weeks ago. We had been trying for nearly 2.5 years, in that time I had an ectopic pregnancy which ruptured at 8 weeks and had my tube removed last June, then I went onto Clomid for 8 months then just decided IVF was our best option. It really is not as bad as you imagine, however I am only half way through the first cycle so I shouldn't tempt fate! The sniffing did make me very tired so make sure you are able to take it relatively easy in the next few weeks. I felt a lot better when I started stimming, the injections really aren't too bad, my DH did mine for me. (PS you don't have to buy your drugs from the clinic, it can sometimes be loads cheaper to get them elsewhere so worth shopping around). I responded very quickly and had a lot of follies so felt quite uncomfortable towards the end. Collection wasn't too bad but I think I have got mild OHSS since collection as I have been very bloated and uncomfortable, this has been the worst bit so far and I wasn't really prepared for it. 2ww is going to be mad as well, but as for your fears about the pregnancy test, would it help if you and DH didn't do one at home and only did the blood test at the clinic? If you have bad memories of pregnancy tests (I have got through so many over the years so I know the feeling of despair attached to them) then this might help you? Wishing you loads and loads of luck with your first cycle x
AFM - am currently hoping the mild OHSS goes down, am drinking loads of lucozade, milk and water but have not been able to fit in much food as so bloated. I responded very quickly on a very small dose of Gonal F and triggered on day 8 after only 7 days of stimms. I bought too much Gonal F!! Our egg collection went ok last Thurs, but from 25 follicles we got only 12 eggs, 7 of them were mature and 5 have fertilised (I know this is quite good but I was expecting more eggs given the number of follies). On the day we had a bit of a surprise when DH's sample went down from its normal 60m level to 16m, this has never happened before and they think it is a blip. It's going to cost us though as it meant we had to have ICSI so that's an extra £1300. Yesterday (day 3) all 5 embryos were doing well and we had 4 grade 1, 8-cell embryos and 1 grade 1 4-cell embryo which they said might catch up... so we are going to blast stage. Yesterday and today are quite nerve-wracking!! We go in tomorrow for ET, all being well.
Karen - let us know how you get on hon, you are in my thoughts! xx