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IVF Attempt # 1 MY STORY SO FAR Lock Rss

After 10 months TTC went to doc, got referal to specialist. He performed a laparoscopy and found I had PCOS and Endometriosis. Did Sperm anaylsis on DH found low sperm count and limited morphorology and mobility in sperm. Prescribed clomid tried this for 6 months, no scans or check ups in meantime. Got bad side effects - migranes, hot flushes, depression. Went back and received a referal for IVF.

Met with Dr Glenn Sterling at LIFE fertility clinic for consultation. He recommended ICSI and Blastocyst transfer. About 1 week prior to AF went back for interview with nurse to explain meds etc. Day 1 of AF called clinic and started Synarel nasal spray on day 2 which "turns off" your own bodies hormones, day 3 - 11 started Puregon injections into stomach (100 units)once per day. Went for scan on day 11 had 12 folicles. That evening had a trigger injection of HcG to bring on ovulation and scheduled my egg pick up for day 13. Got 10 eggs from pick up and from the 10 could use 9.

Had ICSI done to all 9 and all 9 took to fertilisation the following day. By day 5 of fertilisation we only had 1 that made it to blastocyst stage. Had that transfered on day 18. Had cramps for 5 days after transfer no implanation bleed. Day 25 did preg test can back positive with a faint line started to feel very hopeful and excited, told most of the family! Day 27 did another preg test came back negative, now feeling depressed and anxious.

Day 28 is today and went for blood test thismorning, will have results by this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Cant help but think it will be too good to be true and how will i react when i receieve the bad news. Trying to stay positive and am hoping for the best. Good luck to everyone in the same boat it is very hard emotionally and i hope the best for everyone who is trying so hard to have a successfull pregnancy.

Hi Candy85,

Wow I just read your story and I just wanted to wish you the best of luck!! I have never had IVF, I fall pregnant easily but I have lost my last two pregnancies (a mc and an ectopic)so I think I understand some of the emotions involved but I think you are so brave for even trying IVF (wow it must be hard to inject yourself everyday for one thing) and for staying positive when it is so hard to do so!!

I hope your blood test results come back positive! And I hope you post when you get the results, would be lovely to hear how you go.

Take care,
Sarah

Hi Candy85.

I'm sorry to hear about your endo and PCOS. And for your hubby to also have problems as well, you poor thing.

I am currently on IUI cycle #2 and have my blood test next Wednesday. Its such a horrible 2weeks wait isnt it.

My hubby and i are going to move onto IVF next cycle if this IUI is a failed cycle. I am really scared about it though. Did you get sore from so many injection?
Was the process from the start of the hormone treatment to the implantation all done in the 1 cycle. I got the impression that they did the hormone treatment and egg collection one cycle then the implant the following cycle. Hope that makes sense.

When you say that only 1 made it to blastocyst stage does that mean the other 8 are no good and cant be used for another cycle?

I hope that it all work out for you. Keep us posted with the results.

Cheers

IUI #3 starting in August

Clinic called thismorning and said blood test is negative. Feeling really let down and helpless, now have to plan round 2...... Better luck next time i suppose

Hi Brodie, thanks for your message. I too wish you the best of luck with your IUI. We were thinking of trying that next as it is a little more cheaper than IVF.

To answer your questions: Dont be scared it is really interesting and quite exciting, no i didnt get that sore from injections, i was really scared for the first one. My husband did them for me and my one piece of advice is to RELAX and breathe a couple of seconds before the injection. If your are tense it will sting a little but i found that if i was completely relaxed i couldnt even feel it.

Yes it is all done in one cycle (very quick) so day 1 is your period, start injections day 3 - 11 or 12 and from day 2 till they say (usually day 11 or 12) you have a nasal spray morning and night (YUK). Then a scan to see how your ovaries are being stimulated from the injections. If they are going well and have a good number of follicles, you will have a trigger injection exactly 36 hours before your egg collection. This is the hormone that releases your eggs ready for collection.

The egg collection is the most scariest part i suppose because you go under sedation. Good thing is you cant remember a thing. Takes about 30 min. We had ICSI which is where they inject 1 single sperm into each egg and see if it takes to fertilisation the following day. All ours did. We grew ours out to blastocyst stage which is a day 5 embryo. They check them every day to see there progress. Most of ours died along the way. If yours dont die and you have say 3 that all make it to blastocyst stage you can have them frozen so that next time you dont have to do the egg collection. Its better to grow them to blastocyst stage because only the best & strongest ones make it that far which is worth a transfer and you therefore have the best chance of it becoming pregnant (60% chance if under 30).

Transfer is like a pap smear and doesnt hurt. Takes about 15 mins. After transfer you have to use vaginal gel pessaries morning and night which is a progesterone hormone which thickens the lining of your uterus and supports the embryo. They are gross.

Sorry for the long reply hope i answered your questions. If you are under 36, for your first cycle you can only have 1 embryo transfered. Second attempt you can have 2. If you are over 36 first time you can have 2 first go.

Are you in Brisbane? If so i would HIGHLY recommend LIFE fertility clinic at Astor Terrace, Spring Hill. They are the best and doctor Sterling is awesome! They have a lovely clinic with a lounge, plasma tv, snack bar, coffee machine and the most friendly professional staff.

P.S Best of luck with your IUI!!! XXX

Candy85 I'm really sorry to hear about the negative blood test. I was really crossing my fingers for you.

My SIL went through IVF and their first attempt failed too. But the second one was a success and now they have a beautiful baby boy. I'm wishing lots of luck for the next round and hope is brings success for you.
Hi, hang in there, I got pregnant on 4th implant of ICSI/IVF also having PCOS and Endo. It is so disappointing on 1st attempt because the docs say everything looks good and they are so positive that its hard not to get your hopes up. Keep trying and give yourself a break to get your mind back on track and have a wee feel good massage or facial. Stay positive and sending good thoughts your way.
Hi I couldn't argree more I was are patient for a few year's and
spent 10s of thousand's of dollars doing multiple cycles with him .
I found out what he was the condition he was blaming I had
what was causing the ivf to fail which i don't even have the condition at all.
I found I was treated very poorly from Dr sterling and the way I
was spoken too was disgusting unprofessional and rude from the Dr
which he think's is a joke .
I can't beleive I was lead to beleive I had a condition that I don't
even have which made me very depressed at the time .
His nurse's were very nice could not knock them at all especially
Jenny which no longer works with him I wonder why.
But for his receptionist are very rude and were very nasty
which they should be very sensitive when dealing with ivf patient's no manner's
what so ever and was told the same too when I asked for my history that I still owed money .
I would not recommend anyone to see Dr Glenn Sterling at all for anything and to be very cautious .
Hi I couldn't argree more I was are patient for a few year's and
spent 10s of thousand's of dollars doing multiple cycles with him .
I found out what he was the condition he was blaming I had
what was causing the ivf to fail which i don't even have the condition at all.
I found I was treated very poorly from Dr sterling and the way I
was spoken too was disgusting unprofessional and rude from the Dr
which he think's is a joke .
I can't beleive I was lead to beleive I had a condition that I don't
even have which made me very depressed at the time .
His nurse's were very nice could not knock them at all especially
Jenny which no longer works with him I wonder why.
But for his receptionist are very rude and were very nasty
which they should be very sensitive when dealing with ivf patient's no manner's
what so ever and was told the same too when I asked for my history that I still owed money .
I would not recommend anyone to see Dr Glenn Sterling at all for anything and to be very cautious .
Sorry to hear your first cycle was unsuccessful. I don't know the full IVF journey, but I've got PCOS and do the medicated cycles - I have 5 days of clomid, approx 8 days of FSH and then the trigger injection, timed intercourse and then 2 weeks of progesterone pessaries. I've lost 2 pregnancies along the way. Agree with the other ladies, QFG is really good. I am currently seeing bob watson on the northside and he's very compassionate and professional. My only advice though is to not do home preg tests before your due date, the hcg trigger can interfere in the results. If you can, avoid doing HPT at all and wait for confirmation with bloods because they can tell by the levels if it is possibly a viable pregnancy or not

Good luck and baby dust for future TTC




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Hi All, Not sure it is too late to join the thread, I noticed that the last post was 3 months ago. I am only at the beginning of my journey and deciding on which fertility clinic to go to in Brisbane. I was tossing up between QFG and City Fertility Center, both in Spring Hill. (Life Fertility is definitely not on my list now based on your comments).
I'm turning 40, had a miscarriage at 9 weeks a few years ago but have never been able to conceive naturally. My egg reserve is on the low side so my next course of action I think is IVF. I am rather nervous about this and if you have any advise from your experience with IVF, I would love to hear them.
Thank you Kazzzav. I really appreciate your wise words. I've been reading, researching, reading more about the success rates, the side effects, the dispair, the joys (lots of reading) and it's overwhelming.
I have been seeing an acupuncturist for the last 3 months when I thought it was still possible (could be but not taking the chance) to conceive naturally. Appreciate that you've suggested that as well smile
Can you tell me if you had any side effects from all the meds?
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