Have been lying low for a while whilst I got my plan of action sorted out.... and Madeleineus' question is the excuse for me to share with you some of what I have discovered over the last few weeks since our BFN, after considerable research...
As you can see in my signature, we have been doing a bit of investigation.
I refused to take the "luck of the draw", "bad luck", "unexplained" explanation, and started looking into immune testing. Many women with repeat failures have done so, and when all else fails, it has often been the one thing to provide answers, and solutions. It is a controversial field, and a lot of doctors don't support it at all (that seems to be the case for BcnIVF, which is why I have been rather quiet lately), mainly because there are not enough "studies" out there to confirm data. But womens' BFPs in "difficult cases" for me are proof. We read the entire FAQ on immunes put together by the incredible Agate who is an amazing source of knowledge in this field:http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=242395.0
and read Dr. Beer's book "Is your body baby friendly" - the idea behind immune testing being that an imbalance in the immune system can prevent pregnancy/live birth http://babyfriendlybook.com/
We have done the testing, found some imbalances and are now deciding on treatment.
Whilst doing the testing, we also checked for infections and it turns out I have chlamydia antibodies and am ureaplasma positive. Both of these infections can prevent pregnancy fm ever happening. Other doctors have put me on a few days course of antibiotics in the past, only for the infection to return. This time, the immune specialist put us both on a 5 week course of ABs to try and hit them over the head.
I have also discovered a very specific test, which is done only in Greece, called the Greek test (surprise surprise), where they test your menstrual blood, which can show "hidden Chlamydia" in people whose swabs came back negative, as it can detect chlamydia where other tests don't. (this test can be done by Fedex, no need to go over to Greece!
) see under C. in the FAQ link above.
Lastly, when I got in touch with the Greek clinic (Serum) in Athens to arrange for some immune treatment and discuss my results, they said that the most important and first thing we should do is an operative hysteroscopy, (not a normal, diagnostic hysteroscopy), where they remove scar tissue caused by infections and or miscarriages, remove build-up of blood fm years of menstruating (which can block implantation) and create "implantation points" or lines, to foster implantation. They have had excellent results with this. Check out http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=167399.0
, and also the thread I am on now, where many of us have been raving about this procedure on pages 25-29: http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=272352.288
A lot of women who had the hysteroscopy done there were told that what was discovered during the procedure (build-up, scar tissue...) would never have allowed them to get pregnant. And many have fallen pregnant first try after the procedure.
- I don't believe in the "unexplained" "bad luck" and am convinced if we're not getting pregnant, there IS a reason.
I don't know whether the above will help anyone, and I am sorry about posting info about other doctors/clinics on this thread, but I couldn't keep this information to myself when I know some of you are asking the same questions as I am.
I truly hope your dreams come true,