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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to post a quick version of my journey to having our beautiful daughter last November as we came under the "unexplained" catergory and had to have some tests which not all clinics will send "unexplained" patients for.....

We started trying seriously just after we got married in 2001 but I'd been off the pill for nearly a year before that so in Jan 2002 I decided to go to the Doctor. We had all the usual tests, hormone levels, sperm test, etc, and all were exactly as they should be. My periods also were very regular so there was no question there. The first test after these ones we had was the almost extinct "post-coital test" which did show that the sperm was dead... so we were referred to a specialist. He said that the first thing he wanted was for me to have a laparoscopy which I did in Nov 2002 and this showed everything to be fine except very very slight polysystic ovaries which in his opinion would only probably affect ovulation once in a while so was not the cause to his mind. He recommeded IUI and off we went to the Brentwood Nuffield.

We had two IUIs in Jan and Feb 2003 - both negative. We then switched clinics to the Isis in Colchester under Mr Lower. He suggested we try IVF to see if this would show up any other problems that other tests can't, ie, does the sperm actually penetrate the egg, and things like this, and then said that we could go back to IUI if this proved to be the case.

So we had the first IVF in May/June 2003 - negative but had 6 good embryos from it so there was no problem with fertilisation - and had a FET in August 2003 - again negative.

Mr Lower said in his opinion there was no point in having another IVF without further tests because the fertilisation was good and after two IUIs, the IVF and FET, I should be pregnant so there must be another reason why.... he said he would like to send me to St Marys in London to see Mr Rai at the recurrent miscarriage clinic, even though I had never had a miscarriage, because he said that "we are finding out that there is a link between recurrent miscarriage and unexplained infertility"... and so off we went to Mr Rai in Nov 2003. I had all the blood tests that you have if you have suffered recurrent m/c and when we went back in Dec 2003 for the results, it was found that I had a high thrombin level which meant my blood clots too fast, which leads to the embryo being unable to implant even though it tries to! He said that on my next IVF I should inject 20mg of clexane from egg collection daily.

We had our second IVF in February/March 2004, injecting clexane as prescribed, and on 26th March had the best gift ever - a positive pregancy test!!! I had to inject clexane for the entire pregancy and you can see on the left the result of all this who arrived on 28th Nov last year!

The reason I wanted to post this is because I think some clinics still don't send unexplained for these tests and it could be something so simple like mine turned out to be. Mr Rai said that without the clexane it was highly unlikely I would ever get pregnant or if I did, there was a great risk of m/c, so to our mind, we owe everything to Mr Lower in referring us more tests instead of just taking more and more money for IVF.

I wish everybody out there all the luck and love in the world and hope your dreams come true soon.

Love Jen xxx
 

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jen thanks for sharing your story with us hun, i have never been offered these tests they just say they do not know why ivf failed twice, but we have decided to go down the adoption route now as i don't want any more tx

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Hi Jen ..... First of all - your daughter really does  look beautiful !!  She's going to break some hearts when she gets older!!!

It's sooooo good to hear about other peoples success stories and and how they got there.  It's so easy to loose faith in your own treatment and keep positive ..... unexplained infertility is such a mind field .... and everyones advice,treatment and experience is different.  You have shared information with us that we can now take back to our Consultants and pester them about ... thankyou!!!


Love Pasha xxxx

 

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Jen - thanks so much for that. i have just had a laparoscopy and all clear and i have a follow up appointment with mr lower in a couple of weeks. how much did all the tests cost at the clinic? we have never seen a positive test and yet everything is fine. think we are going to start on iui pretty soon. then we'll see where we're at. your story was very interesting and it helps form an idea of where we might go...
thanks, eva
 

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Hi girls,

Thanks for your comments!

Eva, the St Mary's tests cost about £800 in all, not exactly cheap but it was certainly cheaper than IVF that wouldn't have worked for us anyway!

Good luck!

Love Jen xxx
 

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Dear Jen,

Thank you for taking the time to write up your story, we are unexplained and I will definitely ask my consultant about this. Your little girl is superlovely and I share the birthday with her!!! 
 

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I saw was referred to Dr Rai but unfortunately he was unable to suggest anything. I have read the chat room and i am always amazed how supportive everyone is.  i was hoping maybe someone out there may have some good advice.

i have  unexplained reoccurring miscarriage due to implantation problems . I have had 3 ICSI treatments all of which had a good response with chemical pregnacy results but all ended the same way  loosing the pregnacy at day 14 after the egg transfer.  ironically my period always started on the same day the clinic phoned to give me my postive test result or on  the day.

with the last ICSI cycle  i decided to egg share. given my implantation history  i was not hopeful it would work but i wanted someone else at least to to benefit if i had the same implanation problems.

I have 10 frozen embryo but feeling really despondent about FET treatment ever working when no one can seem to explain why i seem unable to retaim the pregnancies. I realise i clearly have problems retaining the pregancy but having has all the tests done there seem to be no anwers to why this keeps happening. can any one out there suggest anything .

I would also like to hear from anyone who has donated their eggs as  I trying to decide  whether to find out whether the recipients cycle worked for her and it woudl be good to chat about how other donors have made their decision.

At the moment we are thinking of using some of our frozen eggs or going down host surrogacy or adoption,  but it seems so hard to make any decisions when i have been so close but so far form having a baby


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Jen, Julesy - thanks for posting your stories here.  I am 'unexplained' too, but when I had the tests with Mr Rai they all came back as normal, so unfortunately I still don't know what to do next.  Would be interested to hear what you decide to do next Julesy.

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Jen - thanks for sharing that info - i am going to print it out and show it to my cons next time I see him to see if they offer anything similar if we need to consider that as an option.

Fingers crossed we ae all blessed with beautiful babies like you are!!

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Jen

Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Your little girl is beautiful.

Shaz xxx
 
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