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a blow-by-blow account of an IVF cycle

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#26 Lucky*star

Posted 23 August 2010 - 03:07 PM

Wow! Magnificant haul. Keeping everything crossed for you. I love the bit before the general too...bliss. My 3rd & 4th retrievals were at a new clinic...awake - no general. Was interesting to see everything as it happened, but I did miss the nice sleep.

Bec...I was a bit pregnant twice, really pregnant with a blighted ovum. I did become pregnant with my 4th stim cycle with two healthy boys. I still don't understand why of all the eggs (think it totaled more than 50 retrieved over the 4 cycles) my two little boys progressed to live babies. My last cycle ended with only two viable embryos, nothing to freeze, and the two viable where not quite blasts by day 5 (so not exactly a great result). Why the earlier ones just did not survive and progress will always be a mystery. I hope your next transfer is successful.

Best of luck.

Those babies that are hard fought for are so loved and wanted. The harder the fight the sweeter the joy when you finally meet them.

Good luck to all.

Edited by Lucky*star, 23 August 2010 - 03:09 PM.

#27 Spaniel

Posted 23 August 2010 - 04:03 PM

Congratulations on your emby haul. That is huge!

Also, thank you for sharing 'fanoir' with the world it beats vajayjay hands down. Reading your post brought back so many lovely memories of the DC, injections etc. I love that fact that you have declared your love for the GA, best 5 seconds of the entire IVF process.

#28 mel_73

Posted 23 August 2010 - 04:41 PM

Prue, I'm embarrassed to admit I had no idea on what IVF entailed. You deserve all the good luck and good grace in this epic venture.
I'm crossing everything!

#29 Sentient Puddle

Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:05 PM

Good luck Prue and fingers crossed.  I too had no idea what the procedure entailed so thank you for sharing.

#30 brighton

Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:31 PM

great haul, its amazing isnt it how you can have so few eggs and embies from previous cycles and then out of the blue an amazing result. This is exactly what happened to me, i was "at the end of the road" looking for an egg donor and one last attempt I got 22 eggs, 17 embies, 2 transfered and proud owner of 11 frosties.
I am too a high NK cells person that was on clexane and steroids from transfer - it is amazing to me that the only cycle I took berocca, Co Q10, higher folate, clexane and steroids was my only "successful" cycle. I have always got "a little bit pregnant" or had miscarriages before this so I would definitely recommend having a chat about the steroids too if you can...its still controversial and some doctors wont go there, but I know enough women who now have babies after trying the steroids for their last cycle to believe that they certainly do help.
all the best Prue, I will be thinking of you and hoping for further fab results.
Sarah (long term IVF-er who has certainly been there with you, now holding her miracle baby) xx

#31 hyperion

Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:40 PM

Another who had no idea what IVF entailed. Thanks for sharing your experience so honestly and keeping all my fingers crossed for you.

#32 macgidgetxx

Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:48 PM

Hi Prue,
I am going through exacty what you have described.  About to start our 7th IVF attempt.  Now that is a LOT of injections and pills and prods and pokes.  Not to mention mood swings, bloating, depression, envy, blah blah blah......
It really is a horrible process to go through.  And if one more person says to me "once you start to just relax it will probably happen....."  Hello?  I was relaxed for the first 4 attempts and nothing happened!!  The last two have been a bit more stressful and tense with some anxiety and frustration.  Specially when I experienced constant nausea for 2 weeks prior to my last pregnancy test.  Then, just to add to my false excitement and enthusiasm, I was 1 week late.  Of course I thought I was pregnant.  The pregnancy blood test was done on Monday this week, but it came back negative?? sad.gif  I couldn't believe it.  I then started wondering why on earth I had been nauseous for 2 weeks and not been pregnant?  It was then that I Googled the sleeping tablets my GP had prescribed for my insomnia, two weeks before the pregnancy test.  There was the explanation....the main side effect was nausea and vomiting.  I've just started tablets to initiate a stimulated cycle for our 7th attempt.
Please can everyone pray for me? huh.gif
Thank you and best of luck to you too Prue.  I, for one, definitely know what you're going through.

Edited by macgidgetxx, 23 August 2010 - 09:33 PM.

#33 exploratrix

Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:21 PM

A modern marvel for the science involved, but also for the strength and diligence required on your part. All power to you for your pragmatism, that you have been able to go through that and take it in your stride on previous occasions. Best of luck for this cycle.

#34 hernette

Posted 23 August 2010 - 09:59 PM

Best of luck, Prue.  I haven't done IVF but have had 4 or 5 DCs while having and to investigate my 2 miscarriages. The first time DH came in with me and I think he was a bit intimidated when he saw DC's errr length laughing2.gif

#35 Stacymoo

Posted 23 August 2010 - 10:18 PM

Thank you so much for that read Prue! I am on IVF trail myself & that made me laugh in so many places......which is something I need right now. I have an antagonist cycle next month & I am just hoping I have as many to fertilise as you did.  wink.gif

Congrats & best of luck that you get a good one to transfer & some for the freezer. wub.gif


Edited by Stacymoo, 23 August 2010 - 10:19 PM.

#36 Amanda_R

Posted 23 August 2010 - 11:28 PM

Wow Prue that is a fantastic result, so transfer happening on Wednesday? (shh I'm half asleep so don't blame me if I cant count lol).  Best of luck, I so hope you get as great an outcome as you have so far this cycle.

Ahh seriously brought a tear to my eye reading that, 22 eggs and 17 fertilised, such a great result, so happy for you guys.  hheart.gif

#37 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 23 August 2010 - 11:55 PM

Good luck Prue original.gif

#38 Bazinga

Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:12 AM

Good Luck Prue.

I am currently waiting to O from my first round of FSH injections after the failure of Clomid.

I admire you IVF ladies as I don't think I could handle anymore invasive procedures.

Got to love that DC!

#39 The Tombliboos

Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:16 AM

Congrats on the haul & fert result.

Hopefully you'll get a few blasties to freeze so you wont have to go through another stim.

Good luck for your transfer & hands.gif you get a BFP.

#40 chrisl

Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:05 AM

I have a friend who went through this but only did it once - they didn't manage to get any viable eggs and she actually gave up becuase it was just too hard. I remember thinking that she should consider giving it another try (I didn't actually tell her that) as I've heard from specialists that 6 goes is the "average".
I now understand why she did it once and decided that they would rather take their chances on a miracle pregnancy or consider adoption. It sounds like hell. Much harder than anything I went through with pregnancy (including morning sickness) although, I'm going to reserve any comments about childbirth! Thanks for your honesty and I hope it's successful. All women who go through this are brave in my view.

#41 TardisAngels

Posted 24 August 2010 - 01:48 PM

Thanks for sharing Prue!! I'm so happy for you that you got such a great result original.gif Here's hoping on of those embies produces a bub for you!

I've just been through my first IVF cycle and I have to say you summed up a lot of what I went through very well (with the exception that I did a down-reg cycle while I know the one you described was an antagonist cycle). The DC sure is a fun experience....NOT!! And to think I'll be going through it all again very soon....the things we do for babies  biggrin.gif

#42 Ards

Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:05 PM

Prue i just want to say thank you for sharing this private journey with us all. I want to wish you luck for implantation!  biggrin.gif

#43 Caloah

Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:21 PM

Congrats prue on 22 eggs and 17 embies. That is fantastic! I will be following with interest to see how they grow and how many you get to freeze. I went through this myself last week but unfortunately didn't get any eggs. sad.gif  I wish you all the best!

#44 Guest_millie75_*

Posted 24 August 2010 - 09:36 PM

Hi Prue

Thank you for sharing your journey with us.  I'm (hopefully) about to start my first round of IVF next month (will find out tomorrow) and like many ppl, had no idea on what's involved.

Best of luck with your transfer and I will be ph34r.gif out for your results.

#45 prue~c

Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:40 AM

Thanks for the kind wishes everyone.  original.gif

Awaitingourmiracle, I am so sorry you had a bad outcome. It's so unfair, and can really be such a lottery. My previous cycle was nothing like this and I was lucky to end up with one embryo to transfer.

I can't believe I have had such good numbers this time. I actually feel really guilty about it, because I have had friends who have done so many cycles and are lucky to get just one egg.  bbighug.gif

I spoke to the clinic yesterday, and sixteen embryos were hanging on, and all had had the assisted hatching procedure done on them. The embryologist said of those sixteen, maybe eight or nine would be freezable, but I guess we will see.

But you know, it all sounds full on, but I don't actually think it is. You just do what you have to do. The egg retrieval and bloating are the worst bit. For me, physically, the rest is a breeze. It's challenging arranging my work and life into it all, but it just becomes second nature after a while.

#46 shadytree

Posted 25 August 2010 - 03:58 PM

Hi Prue, just wondering if your fertility specialist automatically checked for natural killer cells due to your autoimmune condition....or was that further down the track or done by another specialist? ....best of luck with your happy-ending book! There seems some excellent potential with the last 'haul'.

#47 Carina84

Posted 25 August 2010 - 04:53 PM

Hi Prue

I am only 26 and my husband and I decided to give IVF a shot after only having tried for a baby for 12 months (I say 'only' because I know a lot of you have probably been trying for years).  Turns out after many tests the problem was on my husband's side (although I don't like to say that as it's really a joint problem that we face together) and the chances of us ever being able to conceive naturally are rather slim.  Luckily for us, because of my age and my good breeding genes (my marvellous Mum and Dad have 11 children!) we did one down regulation cycle, they got five embryos but only two were viable in the end - one to transfer and one to freeze.  I am now pleased to say that we are 17 weeks pregnant!  I think God is on my side and thinks that going through IVF was enough so he has granted me with no morning sickness whatsoever!!!

I cannot believe that you got 16 embryos - that is unreal!!!  And you should be very positive about it.  DO NOT feel guilty about it - it is your time.

Fanoir and DC are now my favourite words!  I actually said to my husband last night that getting my fanoir out for people to look at is now second nature - bit like brushing your teeth!  It was sooooo nice at my 13 week ultrasound to have one done just on my belly rather than up the clacker.

Best of luck with it all - I really do hope that it works out for you this time around.

#48 Gchild

Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:36 PM

Prue I had been dreading my next round of IVF until I read your blog and realised I need to get a grip!

I had one stim cycle (5 transfers) and was lucky enough to get pregnant on the 5th try. After a pretty hideous pregnancy (3 months on crutches - another story) I had a beautiful little girl who's now 20 months and we're just getting ready to start on number 2.

The IVF process wasn't fun and seemed eternal but (unless I have a lot of repressed memories) the regime was nowhere near as complex as yours.

I wish you all the best and hope a precious little life is part of yours soon.

#49 prue~c

Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:11 AM

HI Shadytree

It was after my sixth failed transfer that I was tested for NK cells. I have only have results from the blood test though, and if this cycle is unsuccessful, I will have an endometrial biopsy to check what is going on inside.

I ended up with eight blastocysts, which is just so fantastic. One of them will hopefully be the one!

Gchild, I don't find it particularly brutal. The most annoying part is the progesterone, which is painless, but lying down for half an hour every morning (evening is easy because i do it when I go to bed) is vey difficult for me! I just want to get up and get going. I would much rather a quick needle.

Carina great to hear your news! And Fanoir is a great word, is it not. You've got to find the humour in small things!

#50 emskiboom

Posted 27 August 2010 - 05:25 PM


Thank you for your pure honesty. I really admire you, it sounds like a terrible time to go through. And it is all for the greater good at the end original.gif You are very brave. IVF is something that we have considered later if it gets to that. We have been TTC for 18 months now, but after reading what you have to go through every cycle, I'm not sure I really want to go down that path now. I have not researched anything about it yet because we aren't at that stage yet. But your honest insight has given me something very big to seriously think about. I wish you all the luck in the world and I hope science can bless you with a little darling in the very near future.
Thank you again

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