This will be my 2nd go at ICSI its nice to know that there are other people going through the same things. Hopefully there will be loads of girlies and lads to talk to through the 2 months.
Where are you based?
I will be starting my first IVF cycle at the end July/beginning of August. I pick my drugs up on Monday and start as soon as my cycle allows after that.
Now it all seems so real(I never thought the IVF would happen!) I am getting very, very nervous yet a tiny bit excited at the same time!
It would be lovely to have other people to talk to who know what it's like to go through this as I think you have to be here to truly understand all the emotions.
Love and luck to you all
I live on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border.
I'm having IVF due to having only my left tube which is blocked. I had a ruptured ectopic last year and had to have my right tube removed. During surgery for that(which was in USA) they noticed my left tube was badly damaged with adhesions and stuck to my bowel. This hadn't been picked up on my previous laparoscopy here in the UK. So now IVF is our only option. Dh sperm count is fine, which makes me feel really guilty for ot being able to give him the family he wants.
Sorry for babbling on, I had a bad night last night, getting really nervous about the IVF, so I'm letting it all out!!!!
Hope to speak to you all soon
Found some quotes of what people did during their cycles which I thought I would post here for you first timers
"One trick, which I'm sure your clinic will have
mentioned, is to drink lots of water. I was told to
drink 2 litres each day, increasing to 3 litres toward
the end, plus 1/2 litre of milk (for protein). Also,
take it easy and be good to yourself -- I find that the
drugs make me tired, so I try to get lots of rest and
don't take on too many unnecessary commitments while
I'm on a cycle.
2 litres of water and 1 litre of milk + kiwi and
pineapple for implantation
I put myself on 1 x 75 mg of aspirin from the start of
stims for increased blood to the uterus (asked my
clinic first). I also take 500 mg of L-Arginine (amino
acid - building block of protein - in turn great for
cell building) said to improve egg quality. I will also
have 2 litres of milk (i prefer semi skimmed) a day
from the start of stims and a high protein diet - again
excellent for cell building. Then of course there is
the other 2 litres of water a day that the follicles
will be needing. I stopped the aspirin and L-arginine
on the day of trigger and resumed aspirin after embryo
I have read a fair bit here recently about the for and
against of consuming quantities of fresh pineapple
during the 2ww and prior. I am a first time IVFer and I
by no means have a clue about a lot of what I am about
to go through in this cycle yet. But as a first timer,
like all of you I am sure you would like to do it once
and get the +ve result. So I have spent a lot of time
reading, researching and studying. This is what I have
discovered about pineapple.... Firstly the enzyme that
you have been talking about has a name...'Bromelain' it
is found in the flesh and the stalk of pineapples.It is
a protein-digestive enzyme that has the ability to
reduce inflammation, and it also has the ability as an
anti clotting device. It should not be mixed with
aspirin, and Bromelain has not been proven safe to use
in pregnant or new Mums. It can cause excess heavy
menstrual flow. Because it is an ANTI clotting device
it could (and I stress could) have the opposite effect
to the one you want. Obviously if you are going to sit
down and eat a piece of pineapple, or a fruit salad
with pineapple in it that is fine! But it is possible
to purchase Bromelain tablets........ ARGC told me to
drink 1 pint of milk per day and 2 litres of water
whilst on the stims and also throughout the 2ww. The
milk is for the protein. The water I believe is to
flush the body of the excess drugs to prevent OHSS - I
also think it is important to be well-hydrated. I think
the milk and water is very important as many doctors
seem to tell their IVF patients to drink milk and water.
ARGC recommend women drink 2+ litres of water a day and
1 litre of milk. The water right the way through and
the milk from the time you start stims. I did both
these things for my recent FET - also used Cyclogest
rectally (another ARGC recommendation) and the FET
worked. Obviously, I can't say whether it's down to any
of these things .... but it's worth a shot!
It was my Consultant who told me 3 years ago to eat
fresh pineapple from retrieval onwards and I did get pg
with our dd. Dont want to say pineapple did the trick
but it certainly did not hurt. The next IVF again I was
pg only this time ectopic. The next IVF I did not take
the pineapple so seriously and did not eat it and did
not get pg. Now dont get me wrong I am not blaming the
exotic fruit for it. But you know how it is when you
are doing IVF you get paranoid. So this time it is
pineapple again (and kiwi, which I was not aware of
before) but still am not too positive with my very
average embies. The good thing about it is that it
does not hurt, tastes good and who knows really ?
When I did my cycle I took baby aspirin from the day
you start injections right up to the day when you have
trigger. Trigger is the injection you do 36 hours if I
remember rightly, before they do egg collection and is
the last injection YOU do for that cycle.
I started taking the baby aspirin (75mg of aspirin) on
Cd21 (day one of downregging). Some people say to stop
a couple of days before ec and start the day after ec
as aspirin thins the blood. It is recommended to some
patients because it's a mild blood thinner (good to
take prior to longhaul flights or long trips in a car
to ward against deep vein thrombosis) and thus can help
improve blood flow to the uterus.
To ease the pain of injecting I numbed the area just
under my tummy button with a piece of ice or a bag of
Hi, Kerryanne, I'm a first-timer, too. Starting IVF/ICSI in a few days - starting with Lupron injections this week.
DH has low count (9m, plus low motility, plus only 1 percent normal) so this is our only chance. We're also taking supplements and starting acupuncture, to try to do anything and everything to improve our chances.