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Hi folks

Just thought i would set up a new home for those planning cycles in september/october so u can all get to know ur cycle buddies

^fairydust^ ^reiki^ ^fairydust^ ^reiki^

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Hi, I would like to join you - I'm starting my first cycle on the 8th September at the Chaucer in Canterbury and would love to get to know other people in the same boat. I can't believe it is finally happening, it has been a long time coming.  Fingers crossed for everyone. xxx
 

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Hiya,

I'm hoping to start our third ICSI cycle in September/October so it'll be nice to meet everyone :)

Luv,
Katrina.
 

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Hiya HB and Katrina

Wishing u both lots of luck with ur upcoming tx

i am sure in the coming weeks that u willhave many more cycle buddies

Best wishes

^reiki^ ^reiki^ ^reiki^

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Hi Hb & Katrina

I will be starting d/r in September.  I was on schedule for EC this month, but unfortunately, I didn't respond to the stimming drugs.

This is my first attempt at ICSI.

I look forward to getting to know you both!

Alison
 

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Hiya

I would love to join you ladies!!

I am starting our second cycle of ICSI at the Hammersmith in September and would love to get know all the other September/October buddies.

Love
Woo
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September/October cyclers

HB 8th September (1st Cycle)

Ladyroxton (Katrina) 3rd Icsi Sep/Oct

Alison S Icsi September

Woo 2nd Icsi Sept/Oct

JaneF 1st ICSI sept/oct

mcoodle (lisa) 4th Icsi sept

Emm (Liz) 2nd ICSI D/R 03/09 ^goodluck^ ^reiki^ ^reiki^

Cassidy 1st ICSI D/R Sep EC 04/10 ^goodluck^ ^reiki^ ^reiki^
 

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Hi Woo, Alison, Katrina and Emily

Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the lovely weather. I'm having acupuncture at the moment, I had a treatment last night and it was so powerful, I went in feeling very stressed about everything, not good at all physically and felt this woosh in the middle of the treatment when everything fell into place in my body. So wierd and so strong I started crying but in a lovely way if you know what I mean. Feel so calm after each session, I can't recommend it highly enough as I'm really finding it a life line at the moment what with the pending IVF, my hideously stressful job and dealing with various family issues too.

Anyway my cycle seems to now be on about 25 days which I think will mean that I end up starting the IVF later as my periods aren't on the same course as was plotted at the clinic. I'm not sure if this is acupuncture doing this as I've always been so regular before on a 28 day cycle.

Just to give you a bit of background as I haven't worked out the signature bit yet, I've been ttc for 10 years, investigations for the last 2, I've got stage 1V endo with one blocked tube and what was a large endometrioma (spell?) on one ovary which has shrunk from 7.5cm to 2.5cm following six months of zoladex, plus boringly virtuous diet.

My husband has a great count so that is wonderful, he is very supportive though he thinks I am obsessed with the whole fertility issue. But I ask you, how can you not be. Very difficult I think. Anyway he is very hopeful that IVF will work, I'm not so confident but our first cycle is NHS funded which is great. I'm 32 and he is 33 so we've decided to try and get the money together for as many cycles as we can over the next few years. It feels like the beginning of a very very long road. Anyway looking forward to getting to know you all.

Lots of love and luck
HB
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Hiya HB

Welcome to Cycle buddies.
You sound like your really enjoying your acupuncture, Ive never really thought about having it. How does it help? (if you don't mind me asking) and whats it like?.

This board seems to be very quiet but we do all have a while before we start.
Where will you be having your treatment?
This will be my second time round and i feel like an expert already.

Hope your enjoying the sunshine.
Please keep in touch, id love to have a buddy for this time round.

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Hi HB, Woo, Emily and Alison,

Nice to meet you all :)

I've heard alot of people say that acupuncture is really good but have never been brave enough to go ahead and try it myself - just the thought of all those needles...  ^scared^

And what about this heat?!  Whew!  I'm absolutely baking and it's 7am!  Dread to think how much hotter it'll be as the day goes on.

Anyway, got my nurses appointment to discuss the meds on 25th August so I'm planning on enjoying these next couple of months and trying not to think too much about the next cycle.

Oh, and my friend told me last Friday that she's pregnant with her second child.  I was very happy for her but at the same time felt upset.  She'd been trying for years before using clomid and falling for her first son and now she's fallen naturally.

I told my dh and it's odd but we both felt a bit deflated about it all.  Can't say why as we've know idea - my dh even said he felt as if he'd been kicked in the gut.  :-\  Anyway, we've had a chat and made the decision not to tell anyone about our next go - I sometimes wonder whether the hardest part is going through the treatment or having to tell people the result afterwards, you know?

Anyway, enjoy the hot weather and talk to you all soon :)

Luv,
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Hi Ladies,

Just thought I'd give you an update seeing as though things are quiet here...

I'm onmy first ISCI.  I had to abandon my first treatment through lack of response to the drugs.  My dh had a vas reversal 2 years ago, but it didnt work.  we've been like rabbits ever since, but only last year decided something must be wrong!

Anyway next try is September time.  We're off to Florida on 19/9 and plan to enjoy it and prepare ourselves for the next round.

Good luck to you all and I look forward to sharing experiences with you!

Alison XX
 

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Hello everyone,

Dear Alison - so very sorry to hear about your experiences in your first treatment, it must have been very disappointing and frustrating.  I'll keep everything crossed for you this time.

Dear Katrina, I completely understand how you feel re your friend, the jealousy I feel when I see complete strangers with babies is unbelievable. It is a primal thing I think. I think we are completely normal to feel like this. Only a few of my mates have children luckily but I have still been really cutting down the amount of time that I spend with them as I just find it so hard to cope with.

Dear Woo, I'm not really sure how the acupuncture works but I can feel it so strongly that I have no doubt that something is going on. I've thought about it myself and come to my own totally made up conclusion which is that when you have a wound, the blood rushes to that point to heal the wound and therefore by creating several very tiny wounds in a number of places, the acupuncturist is making the blood flow around your body in a different way to normal. As blood flow is so crucial to the uterus, perhaps that explains why so many people believe that it helps with fertility and IVF. But... as I've said, I've made this up so don't quote me! Makes sense to me though.

For example my acupuncturist sticks a (very thin) needle in my foot and I can actually feel a sensation in my tummy. Very wierd! It feels very powerful and as if your body is being re-tuned, I can't think of any other way to describe it really. My acupuncturist has apparently treated 8 women who were having IVF and all of them are now pregnant. There was a German study done which claimed that it doubles the chances of IVF working. The needles don't hurt at all. I find it so relaxing and I feel so good afterwards that I think I will continue with it even when I step off the IVF treadmill. I just really look forward to it, it is such a treat. I would really recommend it if you fancy it. I pay £30 a session every two weeks which I suppose is quite a lot but then nothing near what I used to spend on booze and **** in the good old days. There is a certain type of acupuncture which is particulary suited to IVF, I can't remember what it is called now but can check if you are interested.

Sorry I'm rambling on now, you've got me on my favourite subject! So much so, I was actually thinking of changing career and studying it but then my dh pointed out that I'm far too clumsy to be let loose with a load of needles.

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend, take care and speak soon.
Much love, luck and best wishes.
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Hiya Hb

Thank you so much for your reply, I am interested in having a go at acupuncture but I'm a bit nervous about it.
We are moving at the end on July so i think when we are settled i will look for a clinic that does it and give it go before we start our next cycle.

I'll try anything if it's going to help me get pregnant.

You sound like you really enjoy it and know alot about it maybe you should retrain.

Hope everyones ok.

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Hi All,

I'm interested in acupuncture too but not sure where to go.  I think my doctor's surgery has an acupuncturist there so I might give that a go.  Any recommendations?  I'm in North London.

Luv,
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Hello everyone,

We are due to start ICSI in mid-September at the Bridge Centre.  This is the first time that I have ever posted on an internet site so I am not convinced that I am doing it right - I'm sure I'll get the hang of it.

We had an unsuccessful attempt at IVF in Feb/March and I used this site all the time.  It gave me great comfort but I was too wimpy to post so I felt like a bit of an evil voyeur - getting help from everyone else without contributing.  I vowed that I would be more active next time - so here I am!

I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone - I may not be too active in the next couple of months but I know that I will be around a LOT when the treatment starts to get closer.

Good luck to everyone,
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Hi Ladies,  ^wave^

Can I join you please?

Due to start my 4th ICSI cycle in Sept and could really do with some understanding company!

Trying desperately to eat healthy, cut out alcohol and exercise!!  :-\
Going to start acupuncture soon as well.  Will try anything to make our dream come true this time.

Good luck to you all with your tx.

Hope to get to know you all.

Take care
Lisa x
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Hiya

Just wanted to say a big welcome to Jane & Lisa and Good luck to you both.

I hope that we are all going to be good friends and a great source of help and advice to each other on both good and bad day's.

I know that on my last cycle this site kept me sane.

Roll on September

Love Woo
 

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Hiya girls

Just a quick post to welcome Lisa, Jane and Woo to the cyclers!!

Wishing u all loads of ^goodluck^ with ur cycles

I begin my acupuncture on monday ooooh getting nervous on the thought of the needles altho i am a needle phobic but am sure it will be fine!!

I have it done with a physio, who specialises in pelvic pain and maternity mmmmmm have had her do it previously and it was ok and definitly worth a go!!

Loads of ^fairydust^

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Thanks Woo & Emily.......!

Look forward to chatting soon  ^fairydust^

 

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Thanks for the welcomes - it is so great to hear from people so quickly.  I've just reread my post and it sounds so formal!  Hopefully that is because it was my first time!

It is great to read about other people's experiences.  I have been thinking about accupunture too.  When I was doing IVF in March, I noticed that a lot of people on this site were talking about a book by Zita West - Fertility & Conception.  Do any of you have this?  I got hold of a copy and it seems to have a lot of common sense advice which I will try to stick to.  She recommends all sorts of nutrition stuff.  I have been more-or-less off the wheat, dairy and alcohol for the last four years anyway because of my endo.  I am supposed to be off caffeine too but that is just a step too far for me - I am way too weak willed...

Anyway, back to the point, Zita West also recommends accupuncture but I have not followed it up yet - partly because of lack of time, partly because I'm a bit scared and partly because my dh is sceptical.  But I am really inspired by your experience, hb, so I am going to go away and look into it...  thank you for the inspiration.  And you really made me laugh about being let loose with a load of needles!  I'm sure that you'd be great if you are that enthusiastic.

Also, Katrina, I know exactly what your dh means about feeling like he's been kicked in the gut to learn about other pregnancies.  I get the same physical reaction.  I always feel really mean and selfish but I am starting to learn to accept the bitterness I feel.  Most of my friends have kids now - we started trying for a family before any of them - and they are all there now.  Ohhh - sorry - moment of self pity.  But all  I am trying to say is that I think that these feelings are only natural.

I've suddenly realised that September is not so far away.... and I'm rambling on now ...

Fingers and toes and everything crossed for us all....

Love Jane
 
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