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Hi, how is everyone doing?

How are you feeling Julia? I often didn’t feel
Anything post transfer, don’t let that worry you, easier said than done I know.

Hi Mouse, I know what you mean, it will be lovely to have something non-covid to occupy the mind! It is all so scary isn’t it...sometimes DH thinks we are mad doing a cycle now but I honestly feel safest in the clinic, always mega clean anyway and even more so now...
 

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@WobblyTulip thanks, that’s super helpful! I will look into these, I did not know about high dose fish oil. My acupuncturist has been helpful with that side of things, I have a list of things I'm supposed to avoid as well e.g. anything spicy as it can exacerbate inflammation

@SuperMaria woo same meds ;D Are you with Create? How did you feel on them? 6 fertilised sounds great! How are they getting on?

I’m still not starting injections for another 13 days, not that I’m counting, and getting impatient now. I ordered the meds from Fertility2U to come a couple of weeks in advance so I had them ready and waiting - one less thing to worry about - but now they’re taking up so much room in the fridge and I am itching to get started.

It is a strange experience doing this in a pandemic but some aspects might be easier as I won’t have to make excuses to get out of social situations if I’m feeling crap, people asking me why I’m not drinking etc. Although my acupuncturist now has covid so that is not ideal!
 

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Hey all no news from me, still awaiting the travel issues to resolve somewhat. Right now we're looking at cycling the middle of Feb. Having a day 3 draw just to see how the PRP has got on in a few days.

Dusky - TTC suggests you should have a good protein intake, but avoid soya based as this increases oestrogen which has a knock on effect. I drink a bottle of Ufitt a few times a week and use protein powders pancake mix for most breakfasts to boost mine. It is suggested 0.8g per kg of body weight for women, TTC articles suggest slightly more but none are specific, the only one i've read suggested 1.2-1.6g of protein per kg, so say you're 60kg a minimum intake would be 48kg if not TTC, 72g - 96g of protein if TTC. An average chicken breast is 30g, we think we've got enough ingoing, but actually, its quite challenging getting it up there, especially if you've a high BMI, i would be needing an intake of over 150g of protein for my BMI. I'd really struggle without shakes etc. 
 

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Hi! Great to see some new ladies joining the thread!

Fyfey - I’m wondering if we’ve been cycle buddies together before?

Blodyn - fingers crossed it will start to be possible to travel again for medic reasons in Feb. I’ve only used extra protein on egg collection cycles, not FET. In that case I used whey protein powder in full fat milk.

Emily - those injections will start before you know it!

Dusky - not long now until you get to start!

AFM: So the lining thickness is developing well and is already at 14mm on HRT day 10 😊

Only thing is they found a fluid filled hole in my left ovary. As I’m on down reg drugs (buserelin) I should not ovulate but it looks like my body might be fighting that and trying to grow a follicle. So that means they will need to scan me over the next few days to see what’s happening and if it is a growing follicle or a cyst in my ovary. This makes the timing of an embryo transfer a bit trickier but not impossible if it is indeed a follicle. So another scan and blood test tomorrow now to see what’s happening.

This process is really not straightforward!


 

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Thanks Blodyn76, have to say I have no idea how much I am getting, I am a veggie too and so just worry sometimes that it isn’t enough, also gluten free and lactose free due to IBS so finding it tricky to get the balance atm...

Sorry, quick reply, had a rubbish day today and praying I get some sleep tonight.

Hope you are all ok xxx
 

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What is the difference between CoQ10 and Ubuiquinol? Xx
 

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Dusky7 - Ubiquinol is the bio available version of CoQ10, so it’s absorbed easier by the body. It’s said that 600mg CoQ10 is equal to 300mg Ubiquinol.

WobblyTulip - great lining for day 10!!!

AFM - started estrogen pills on Friday, I wasn’t prepared for how tired they’d make me.  I’m told it’ll get better once I start taking progesterone? I hope so.
 

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I have just bought some Ubiquinol, thank you, is it best to have 300mg a day? Didn’t realise how pricey they were! I am really late in the game to start taking them. I know it is 3 months to improve egg quality etc, think things can be helped a month ahead or no...?

What pills are you on? When do you start prog? X
 

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I’d take 300mg Ubiquinol for egg quality and yes, it is rather pricey, unfortunately. Some people swear supplements were a game changer so might be worth a shot for sure - even if you can’t take it for 3 months. I’m taking 200mg now for my FET cycle. Honestly, I just felt great when I was taking the supplements in It Starts with the Egg and I just kinda kept taking them long after it was necessary. But Ubiquinol is definitely one I’ve taken on and off because of cost. I’m just doing an FET cycle so just on estrogen at the moment, for some reason, it’s enough to make me totally exhausted. I know this isn’t as bad as IVF meds so a bit surprised by my body’s reaction but guess I’m just not really used to meds. I should start progesterone on the 23rd- transfer 29th.
 

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Hi!

Dusky - as Asinglerose says, ubiquinol is more bio available. You need at least 200mg a day to make a difference to egg quality. For my egg collection cycles I used Life Systems ubiquinol. They do one version that is combined with PQQ which helps develop healthy cell mitochondria so I took 100mg of that one and 100mg of their plain one daily. And yes, 3 months is ideal for supplements ahead of EC as that’s the time from a follicle starting to develop in an ovary to it being recruited and you ovulating normally

Asinglerose - not long to transfer for you either then?! Is it a FET you’re doing like me?

AFM - clinic seem baffled by the fluid filled area on my left ovary - so another scan today and more bloods. They can’t seem to decide if it’s a follicle that has been recruited despite me being on buserelin or whether it’s a cyst. Really hoping this doesn’t mean we have to cancel embryo transfer.
 

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Hi everyone

Hope you are well

Bit of a lurker on here.

Had egg collection yesterday. 6 eggs which I'm really pleased with, struggled to stim (ended up with 350 GonalF and 150 Luveris to boost things!!) So was only expecting 3 or 4.
Heard from the clinic this morning
All 6 eggs mature, hubby sample was good
& 3 have fertilized!! Clinic want to do 5 day transfer on Monday. I'm sceptical we'll have anything to transfer as most of our embryos  stopped dividing at day 3 but there's hope I guess!!!
Sending you all hugs and sticky baby dust!! xx
 

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ellieh17- great results, will keep fingers crossed they make it to day 5.

WobblyTulip- yes, frozen embryo transfer just like you. I didn’t do a baseline ultrasound (clinic didn’t ask for this) so I hope everything is fine. They want me to go in and do the check on day 14 to see how lining is progressing but I’ll do day 10 first, that way if something is wrong, there’s a bit of time to take corrective measures. I really hope fluid clears out somehow and the transfer can proceed as planned.

Dusky7 - I agree with WobblyTulip on PQQ too. There’s been a lot of talk about it being a great complement to Ubiquinol.
 

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Hi Ellieh - great news on your fertilized eggs - fingers crossed you get at least one to a day 5 transfer this time

Asinglerose - wow I thought most clinics scanned between 7-10 days of HRT to check progress

I had another scan this morning and the rogue follicle was still there. They’ve decided to give me a trigger shot to make me ovulate it. So I have to do that tonight and then start progesterone on Saturday. ET will be next Thursday then. It’s been a stressful day not knowing if the cycle would be cancelled or not as they weren’t sure what to do with me.
 

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So sorry to post and run, I will catch up properly tomorrow...

Any Ubiquinol and PQQ better than others? I went to holland and barrett and paid £34 (was £45!!) for 50 100mg, that will only last me 16 days... looking on Amazon there are sooo many... tia xx
 

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Hope the trigger shot went ok, great that it is full steam ahead xx

Where did you get Life Systems from? Can’t find it...x
 

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@ellieh17 Fingers crossed for Day 5 transfer!
@WobblyTulip glad trigger went ok!
@emilyinthegarden, yep we share the same clinic, so far they have been good!

Today's update: had EC last week, 8 eggs collected, 6 fertilized, 1 has been frozen on Day 3...but sadly I’ve just been told none of the others made to Day 5  :'( They were all Grade 1 top quality, so I don't get why none couldn't carry on  :'(  I was so happy to get 6 embryos this time!

I have one final cycle left with the transfer this time, so I hope to get a Day 5 embryo then  ^pray^
 

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So sorry to read this Super Maria! Praying that embie is a strong little one, it has made it this far x
 

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So sorry Super Maria. I also had a cycle during my embryo banking where none made it to day 5. It’s gutting. Thinking of you x
 
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