Category Archives: IVF

Low expectations

Best hold off eating until after reading this post. My ghost-like cramps became stronger on Tuesday (25dp5dt) and I noticed a little red-orange blood when wiping before going to bed. My limbs were shaking with exhaustion, as they had been … Continue reading

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The ice lady thaws

Okay, so I finally cracked a smile when the clinic rang with my blood test result, after feeling like a robot all week. The result was 516, which is so strong they’re happy not to do another test. I’ve asked … Continue reading

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Dealing with a positive home pregnancy test when you’ve been bitten several times before

Obviously I caved and did a test on Sunday (9dp5dt) and Monday, neither with first morning urine, and they were both positive. On previous occasions, I’ve been elated or teary at a positive result, but this time I feel nothing … Continue reading

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IVF FET#5 7dp5dt

I had my transfer on 17 July. Dr L did it, which was a lovely surprise and also made things go very fast, as she is super-efficient. The embryologist was also super-quick. Sometimes they leave you hanging in there with … Continue reading

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Round like a circle in a spiral

A lot of women compare trying to conceive with being on a rollercoaster. For me at this moment, ttc feels like being on an eternal roundabout. Not a sexy roundabout in Rome with cute little cars racing past and gorgeous … Continue reading

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42

I’m 42 now. I started trying to conceive at 39 with supposedly no fertility problems except a lack of sperm. €30k, three IUIs and two IVF cycles later (eight embryos transferred in one fresh and four frozen cycles), I’ve had … Continue reading

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IVF #2 CD10 scan

Cycle Day 10 scan today. Eight promising follicles on the right and six on the left, plus a perfect lining. We’re good to go for egg collection on Tuesday morning. Originally my plan called for a Neupogen injection (one of … Continue reading

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Happy 2015

Hello and a happy new year to everyone. It’s been quite a few months since I’ve checked in, having had nothing of note to report on the fertility front. We decided not to start my second IVF cycle in December, … Continue reading

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A whole new round

I sidled out of work one afternoon this week for my “where do we go from here” appointment with the lovely Dr L. Hats off once again to those of you who have to sneak out of your workplaces for … Continue reading

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The Hail Mary transfer

I remember being in a local shopping centre as a teenager and finding a pregnancy test in the toilets. In those days, my immediate assumption was that whoever had done the test was dealing with a crisis pregnancy – why … Continue reading

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