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Hi all,

sorry I’ve not been on here for ages and just catching up. Briss I hope you are ok? Are you cycling again at the moment?
Briss in relation to your question it was the same cycle so 10 days of stims then I cancelled as no follicle growth and then 5 days later my body must have produced an egg which we caught naturally. I’ve been reflecting on my journey and wondering why now and what caused 2 bfp within a three month period after so many failed rounds and a year of tx naturally and not even a sniff of a positive test. The only things I can attribute are a) the introduction of aspirin b) a hysteroscopy where they removed a tiny polyp which apparently was insignificant. Or we just got bloody lucky and it was just the right sperm and right egg. I will never know .

sunshine have you started cycling yet? Hope it’s going ok.

atm I have made it to the third trimester and still can’t quite believe it’s happening. Hoping everything goes smoothly for the last part!

hope everyone else is ok. Pritamin have been thinking of you and wondering if you went down the DE route?
 

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Hi Sunshine122, best of luck with Create!

I wish I could go to a UK clinic but it's unlikely anyone will work with me here with FSH nearing triple digits and no cycle to speak of. Munich tried stimulating me but no luck as my FSH and LH remain constantly high while estrogen is low. but then out of nowhere I have 3 decent size follicles and promising estrogen levels. the problem is I do not know how to enter Germany. UK is classed as high risk country and unvaccinated people from UK can only enter Germany if they are residents in Germany or have some sort of exemption. There is medical exemption but it has to be life threatening or something like this. I am so frustrated. I really want to try and give these follicles a chance, I do not know when I get to see another decent follicle, it could be months.
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Hi all, it has been a very long time since I posted on here, but I just wanted to give a little update. I finally had success with one of my 3 frozen embryos and I am now the proud mum of a little boy who is four weeks old today. I still cannot believe after all the heartache of the last 6 years that he is here!

As always my journey wasn’t straightforward and I had to take some time out from my fertility journey, hence my absence from the forum. For those of you who may remember I had a scan on my left breast during 2019 and a cyst was found. I continued to be vigilant with my breast checks and at the start of the first lockdown during March 2020 I found small lump in the same area as the cyst, which unfortunately turned out to be breast cancer. Thankfully I had caught it early and it was very slow growing. I thought that was the end of my journey to become a mother and was in a very dark place. However, my fantastic oncologist allowed me to postpone hormone treatment and worked with the staff at my fertility clinic to enable me to safely transfer my frozen embryos. The second transfer during February 2021 was a success and I still have a frostie remaining, which I will need to make a decision about at a future date. In the meantime DH and I are enjoying our little miracle who has made our lives complete.
 

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Babyhopeful, thankyou for letting us know, I remember you on here from before. Fantastic news on your baby boy, congratulations! Though so sorry you have had such a tough few years, I hope you are ok now.
Briss, did you manage to find a clinic anywhere more local? Or maybe speak to your clinic in Germany to see what they suggest.
I haven’t started cycling yet, we won’t until some point next year. We will only do one fresh cycle and if we get nothing, will transfer our frosties. I’m scared to get back into it, I know I can’t let myself get consumed by it again and it likely won’t work again without doing many many cycles but its almost like I need to try once more just to know I tried and draw a line under it all. As much as I want a sibling for my daughter I need to focus on how lucky I am to have her. xx
 

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Hi All,

I haven’t posted here for ages but I have been reading the updates regularly. I put my fertility journey on hold (aka burying my head in the sand) during COVID as I only have my last remaining frozen embryos and eggs left I didn’t feel comfortable suppressing my immune system with the COVID situation, and as I have endometriosis I do need immunes treatment.

First of all congrats to so many people on here, there really have been a lot of good news! Queenie, Mac, Mouse and Babyhopeful, so many congratulations, and I’m happy that you have finally got your miracles!

Mac - thanks for your update on donor egg, it’s good to hear about your journey as it’s something I may consider if my FETs don’t work.

Babyhopeful- although very happy for your boy, I’m sorry to hear about the breast cancer and hope you have had this treated now.

Sunshine - good luck with Create and baby no. 2. I understand your hesitance to not to get caught up like before, I too realise I can’t get overwhelmed like before.

Briss - I hope you’re doing ok. I understand the grief of loss of fertility and the desire of wanting a baby doesn’t go away.

AFM - while waiting during COVID, my pelvic pain started to get worse so I had various consults with various surgeons/ consultants who specialise in endometriosis and decided to have another laparoscopy to remove endometriosis as my only 2 pregnancies have been naturally after surgery to remove endometriosis which suggests that it played a big part in my fertility. And continued pain probably meant that endometriosis had grown back, I was told pain means inflammation. I had my surgery on Friday and I’m currently recovering. I went privately this time to get access to a good surgeon who specialises in excising endometriosis. He was surprised with the amount of angry inflammation he found considering my last surgery was only 2.5 years ago. He thinks if that’s how my body/ immune system was working that may have contributed to my previous miscarriages…

He also removed a fibroid which had been there for ages and something attached to the fibroid which he wasn’t sure if it was a fibroid or adenomyosis. I’ll get the biopsy results back in the next week or so. He recommended downregulating for at least 2 months to control the endometriosis and inflammation before a FET which fertility clinics previously haven’t been keen on for some reason. After downregulating I’ll commence with FET with ARGC.
I wasn’t going to transfer 3 embryos as ARGC like to do, but as it’ll be 2 years we’ve had things on hold, I might transfer them all in one go which still feels like a big deal..but I also have a frozen embryo in Prague and eggs at CRGH.
Not looking forward to getting back on the fertility train but hope I’ll get my miracle one day soon as well xx

I hope everyone else is doing well.


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Babyhopeful, what a journey! Well done to you for overcoming so much and persevering. Congratulations on your little miracle!! Such wonderful news! I have developed breast cysts, more than one in fact my breast is called lumpy one (I guess that’s the effect of the menopause and lack of estrogen) and I am scared to touch it. I now go for check ups annually. Are you able to breastfeed or express at all? Did they remove the lump?

Mouse, how amazing! It’s really hard to say what exactly worked sometimes we just have to keep on trying I suppose.

MSJ, it is hard to go back into the treatment zone both physically and mentally. I thought I was able to let go and move on but time and again I feel such longing that it forces me to continue. I hope your surgery does the trick and fixes things so you can get pregnant naturally and go on to full term.


Afm, just got back from Munich empty handed again. I do not even know what I am hoping for at this point. Disappointing of course after jumping all the hoops to even get there in time (Germany does not allow unvaccinated non resident so I had to seek an exemption and had hard time even trying to check in at the hotel). It was actually pretty surprising we got any eggs. I got 2 but just one mature that did not fertilize. But this was the first time in months where I had follicles that coincided with proper estrogen levels. I’ve been stimming on and off since July, thousand of pounds worth of stims with nothing to show for it and then this cycle finally an ovulatory one. I tried to go to Brno but they did not think I had any eggs in the follicles as the growth was not quite what you’d see in a normal cycle but luckily Munich provided me with the exemption to travel and turns out there were eggs in there. I noticed when I started stimming a few months ago that while my follicles did not really grow I started noticing more and more antral follicles popping up. I did wonder whether the stims made me kick off follicle growth that only showed result 3-4 months later.
 
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