About to start IVF (First timer)

Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby Leti » Thu Mar 18, 2021 12:28 pm

Hi TMS. Nice to have another lady joining the conversation 😊 I don't have any point of comparison regarding time frames as I don't know anyone who has done IVF/ICSI before but it went/is going like this for us.

- 14-Jan - 1st appointment with fertility clinic GP. We were both asked to do blood and urine tests as well as scans.

- 18-Feb - 2nd appointment with fertility clinic GP to discuss the results and be referred to the fertility clinic specialist (Ob-Gyn specialised in fertility).

- 2-Mar - Meeting with the Ob-Gyn. We were told that due to our situation (low count sperm, low mobility and not so good morphology) ICSI is the way to go for us. This is similar to IVF but the difference is that best sperms are manually selected and inserted into the collected eggs.

- 17-Mar - Meeting with the nurse who explained step by step what is going to happen next.

• On day 1 of my period (not just spotting but full flow for the whole day) which should be on Apr 1st I should do a blood test.

• On day 2, I should start daily injections with one medication.

• On day 5, I should add a second type of injection (so two injections a day).

• Day 5 to mid cycle I'll have to do a few blood tests and scans to monitor my ovaries and the follicles' development.

• Mid cycle - once medical staff beleive eggs are good to be collected. Stop first two types of injections and start a third one at specific time of the day (advised by nurse) for two days.

• Once the two days are over, eggs are collected under general anesthesia while my husband provide with a sperm sample. On that day best quality eggs are manually fertilised (ICSI).

• Fertilised eggs develop for 5 days without any human/manual disturbance.

• After 5 days, best quality embryo is inserted in uterus through a catheter (no anesthesia this time). Remaining fertilised eggs are frozen for another try should pregnancy not happen this time or for another baby down the line to avoid undergoing another general anesthesia to collect eggs.

• Two weeks later a blood test is done to check if pregnant (Fingers and toes crossed 😇🍀)

NB.
• Should no eggs be collected in a cycle, different medications are to be tried on next cycle.
• Should woman's hormones be too disturbed by the treatment (too high) collection is still happening, all fertilised eggs are to be frozen for them to be used on next cycle and give time to hormones to go back down. It is apparently too risky to insert embryo in uterus should hormones not be at normal level.

So all of this is what I was told yesterday. For once in my life I cannot wait for my period to come as it will mean I can start the treatment 😀🎉.

Hope my message didn't make you fall asleep as it is quite long.
Also and FYI, I am located in Australia so what is done here might be different from what will be happening with you guys.
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Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby TMS » Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:10 pm

Hi Thanks so much for the reply, from little things I’ve read online what you have said sounds similar to the things I’ve read, I’m so nervous to get this started but also excited, one thing I’m curious about is say you get 3 goes of IVF, if the injections fail and they have to stop treatment and then restart again does that class as one of your tries even tho they didn’t get as far as the embryo transfer?
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Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby Leti » Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:35 pm

I so relate to the nervous/excited state of mind!! I am now counting the days until my period (who would have thought,lol). About your question I am not sure as I didn't ask. It might sound super silly but I'm afraid to jinx myself asking the question. I'm trying to be super positive, taking it one step at the time not to think of negative outcome and freak myself out 😊
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Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby TMS » Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:13 am

Completely understandable you don’t want to jinx anything, it’s great to have a positive mind it will help a lot. If you don’t mind me asking what were your reasons a for having to try IVF?
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Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby Leti » Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:00 am

Hi TMS, I'm becoming super emotional as the start of the treatment is getting closer. So trying to focus on the positive helps even though it's really tough some days. It's crazy how the "what-ifs" train of thought can be a slippery slope 😵
As for the reason to go IVF, my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a few years now. Since nothing has happened we decided to speak to our doctor as I am 37 and hubby 36. We were told we were right to get tested and discovered that my husband has low count sperm, low mobility and not so good morphology. Our situation has lead our ob-gyn to advise trying ICSI, where best sperms are manually selected and inserted into the collected eggs as we have low chances on getting pregnant naturally.
I am super hopeful even though I "try" to keep in mind that IVF does not 100% guarantee a pregnancy..."Try" being the keyword here 😉😁
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Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby Leti » Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:05 am

Forgot to ask if you have a date for your first appointment yet. Hope you guys do 🤞🏽😉
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Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby TMS » Wed Mar 24, 2021 12:36 am

It is so hard to keep positive in this situation, I know they say that positivity goes in your favour but we are only human. No we haven’t heard anything yet about first appointment, I’m going to give it another week and then maybe ring the clinic to see if they have my referral. We’re all the tests you had all normal? Was it just your partners sperm that was the problem, as far as we are aware my partners sperm is ok, no one has told us otherwise
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Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby TMS » Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:24 am

Our first appointment has come through! It’s 13th April it’s a telephone appointment tho just because of covid. What can we expect from the first appointment? Is they any questions I should ask?
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Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby Leti » Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:26 am

I agree that it is very difficult to stay positive so I allow myself to only think about the "right now" moment. No need to stress about the future as there's nothing we can do about it. Should things turn out bad we end up feeling negativity before AND after. And should things turn out well we wasted time worrying for nothing. But then again it's easier said than done. I try to keep busy as much as I can especially since a good of friend of mine announced her pregnancy 3 weeks ago. I'm happy for her but can't wait to experience becoming a mom too and hopefully going through pregnancy together 🤞🏽

As for our tests, yes only my husband's sperm is not looking so good under the microscope (count, mobility and morphology). Mine were normal, I was even told that I'm "rather very fertile" with two strong follicles on one ovaries, and more eggs than usually seen at my age. So that's also one thing I've been focusing on rather than my husband's not so good results. But don't get me wrong, I had really bad days and cried a lot when we found that out. I thought that it was it, that we would never become parents and the vicious circle of self inflicted negative thought pattern started.

Everytime doubt cripples inside my mind I'm telling myself to be in the right now, to enjoy a cup of tea, a piece of brownie or an evening on the couch with hubby...everything so the mind doesn't go wild 😉

All of this being said I hope it doesn't come across as if I'm giving a lesson or try to spread my "knowledge", I'm just sharing what I've picked up along the way and is working for me.

Also feel free to vent in here when you're having a bad day, we all do.
On that though, I really hope you guys get you first appointment soon as it will spark excitment and positivity 😊
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Re: About to start IVF (First timer)

Postby TMS » Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:34 am

No I am so greatful for you sharing your experiences and thoughts, I have felt the exact same since finding out my tubes are blocked. Felt like that was it for us and I’d never be a mum, started to rethink my life plan but it was hard, but now we are starting to get things moving with the IVF appointment, I’m starting to feel hopeful again and starting to imagine having my own baby again! When you posted about sitting with a cuppa and a brownie I laughed because I’ve literally just had a brownie and a cuppa 🙊 I think we posted at the same time so not sure if you saw that we have our first appointment through it’s 13th April
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