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Old 04-29-2014, 03:30 AM
 
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good luck today @Xerxella!!


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Sending positive vibes xerxella :-)
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Good Tuesday Morning everyone!

 

Trying to work on all my personals:

Our mock will be on May 14th so I will almost be done this cycle. They said it needed to be done a month prior to starting IVF so my guess would be the cycle in mid-June.

 

Thanks @tracyamber. It is feeling more real now. Sorry to hear about the headaches and hot flashes dear

 

Hello @hope4light

 

Hi @NaturallyMo -sorry to hear about your first trimester difficulties. Love how you told your husband

 

Sorry to hear about your husband's medical problems @mjwalker. I have wanted kids since I was a kid. Sorry to hear about your boss 

 

@chuord (sorry to hear about all the migraines dear). I am ****l in waiting mode too. Best of luck dear

 

Hello @adiejan. I am starting to get more excited. I love that you finally have a solid plan dear

 

I am so glad your starting a cycle as well @toothfairy2be. I feel like I will have a lot of support and people to answer any questions I will have 

 

@shelley4 (sorry to hear about your difficulties- I have horrible veins so blood tests are horrible). So glad you got a date. 

 

Hi @oxford 

 

Thanks for the advice @Kewpie80 and best of luck on your next cycle

 

@Xerxella- best of luck today, looks like you had great numbers dear

 

Hello @Autumnlaughing. Hope the nausea ends soon

 

Hello @monkeyscience- I have added more protein to my diet as has my husband who is diabetic 

 

Hi @ilovemykiddos

 

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Hey all! 13 eggs today! That's my best yet! In the past I've had 10, 9 and 10. So now the wait begins. I'll find out tomorrow how many were mature and how many fertilized. But it's a good start.

mo - you can move me to waiting to know ivf

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Hey all! 13 eggs today! That's my best yet! In the past I've had 10, 9 and 10. So now the wait begins. I'll find out tomorrow how many were mature and how many fertilized. But it's a good start.

mo - you can move me to waiting to know ivf
Maype lucky number 13 will be your next little one!

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Hi!  I'm new to this thread.  I'm about to start my first IUI w/Letrazole.  DH is on clomid for Male infertility.

 

I'm so sorry adiejan.

 

Good luck Xerxella!!  Sending prayers and baby dust to all!

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Welcome jh2013, hoping that protocol does the trick for you!

Xerxella - woohooo!!!!!! I'm with lilacviolet, 13 is a lucky number in our family wink1.gif here's hoping you get a fair few good ones and get some frosties too! Hope you heal fast xxx well done for being a great egg producer wink1.gif
Afm - I've stopped temping or worrying, we did our best this month either it happens or not, and I'll find out when AF arrives or they ask for bloods smile.gif zen is my friend lol

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Well done xerxella, 13 is fabulous! Fingers crossed that they all fertilise and split beautifully :-)
We start IVF next month can I ask, did it hurt after the retrieval?
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Hello everyone!

 

Have a great Wednesday!

 

We had a bit of a rough day yesterday, we found out they would like to do a test-TESA on my husband ( Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA)
 TESA is a technique that employs fine needle to aspirate sperm directly from the epididymis or the testis by a fertility specialised urologist.

For this procedure, an intravenous conscious sedation is conducted. A fine needle attached to a syringe is then inserted into the epididymis or the testis. Suction is then applied to the syringe and the fluid that is aspirated is given to the andrologist for examination. If an adequate number of sperm has been found, the surgery is concluded; otherwise, it may take multiple aspirations in different regions of the testis to obtain sperm.

 

This test is expensive $1500 and than we would need to do TESA again during IVF. We spent a lot of time yesterday crying about it, talking about it, and we seem more resolved that we want to have a baby and that is the most important thing right now. We are even willing to put off buying a house for awhile if we can have a baby now instead.

 

We used a distraction technique by doing a lot of cleaning, re-organizing, and decluttering the bedroom closet, bathroom closet, entryway hall closet.

 

Way to go on getting so many eggs @Xerxella . Hope they mature and fertilize- good luck!

 

Hello and welcome @jh2013. Good luck on your cycle

 

I love your idea of being more zen and relaxing @chuord 

 

I worry about the pain etc too @oxford. I think most likely we are looking at our first IVF cycle in mid-June.


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Hello everyone!!   we are about 24 hours away from our embryo transfer, and i couldn't be more excited!!!!   it will be in Toronto (2 hrs away), so hubby and i will be driving in tonight and staying in a hotel. we don't want to have to stress through rush-hour traffic in the morning.   my kids are all having an extra special week night sleepover, and they are thrilled.  we haven't told them about the surrogacy yet, since it might not work.  we hope to tell them, if we are successful, after detecting a heart beat on the ultrasound.

 

i'm meeting up with my cousin tonight.  she just happens to have meetings all day in Toronto tomorrow (she lives 9 hrs away!), so she will be staying in a hotel tonight too.  she doesn't want to come to our embryo transfer (other than being busy, it's likely to bring up lots of feelings of disappointment, remembering her unsuccessful attempts).  i am happy to see her tonight.. it will be the first time we've seen each other since agreeing to be a surrogate.  i'll try not to cry, LOL.  i'm feeling very optimistic and hopeful.  trying to also temper that with being realistic, but i can't help it.  i want with my whole heart for this to work on the first try.  i know that we will be incredibly lucky if that happens, so please cross your fingers for us!!


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@Xerxella 13?! Fantastic news! Moving you now!

 

@shelley4 Good luck!


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@jh2013 Welcome.gif We're glad you found us. Hopefully your journey through infertility will be short. smile.gif

@tinytina- I'm glad you're moving ahead. If you do your mock transfer this month wouldn't that be the month before your cycle? So couldn't you start you ivf cycle when you get your period in May? I'm sorry you have to go through all that. I'm sure the TESA isn't fun. If they find some at the test can they freeze those in case they don't find any during the ivf cycle? (((Hugs))) to you.

@shelley4 - I'm so excited for you!!! This is really happening! I hope you're first time lucky. smile.gif

@chuord- Yeah for zen. smile.gif So when is your period due?

- @oxfordI think everyone's experience is different. This is my fourth retrieval an it was a breeze. The only thing I have is a slight full feeling down low. Retrievals #1&2 were also both easy. Retrieval 3 was rough. I was sore for over a week. But, overall, it's no biggie. They knock you out and give you pain meds intravenously. For instance, I had a head ache yesterday morning and when I woke up from anesthesia it was gone. Thank you heavy duty pain meds. smile.gif

wave.gif to all. I'll have to go back and catch upon personals. Too excited now!!!!

AFM - So of the 13 eggs 10 were mature as 9 fertilized!!! Woohoo!!! That's the best I've ever had! In the past I've only had 3 or 4 fertilize! 9!!!! OMG. That's crazy!!!

In the past of the 11 total that fertilized, 10 made it. So, I could have a significant number of blasts. I'm trying not to get ahead of myself, but wow! And with all those blasts we might consider risking PGD. Maybe we'd thaw and test my 7 frosties if we were testing anyways.... So much to think about, but the best thing to do is just wait and see what happens. OK, Susan, settle down and wait and see... :P

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Oxford, tiny Tina- re the retrieval, I was terrified too, I hate procedures. However it Really was not that bad, all I used was paracetamol (your Tylenol?) and a heat pack, it was a little twingy but not bad, going to the toilet was the worst bit - peeing stings a bit like a uti, but settle quickly. My biggest issue was 5 days of constipation and the bloating (4.5kgs worth) which is apparently quite typical. My advice if you tend towards constipation (at all) is get a gentle water soluble laxative and start it a day or two before the procedure (I would use movicol), ramp it up to two sachets from the day of surgery, have lots of fruit juice on hand (pear and prune is recommended) and as they say eat regular high protein snacks - I found a good qualityy protein shake invaluable. Hope that helps - the actual procedure I was really surprised with, lol maybe I was expecting to feel like I'd had a hysterectomy - but it was not bad at all.
Kewpie, Xerxella - how was it for you? Particularly with the food and bloating afterwards?
Tina - I love xerxella's idea about freezing any of dh sperm they find - that makes it a more worthwhile process. Huge hugs to you both, km guessing that this is all reminding him how much he's lost - a baby will be such a blessing to you both.
Shell - fx, hoping it all goes soo well - I hope your cousin doesn't get to upset, hopefully soon she has that baby!
Xerxella - that is brilliant!!!! Here's to them growing and developing well! Re pgd, can you thaw the frosties again for that? We got told it's not good for them (after already being frozen) keep us posted - I love imagining the eggs transformation smile.gif
Me - lol no idea when AF is due, maybe just over a week? I've deliberately lost track of which dpo I am as it should be somewhere around implantation time and I don't want to obsess over twinges etc. I've tried that way and it didn't help, lol so trying the relaxed approach - it's still hard as you all know when not using your brain fully at any time it's back thinking about all things baby...

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Hello and welcome to May everyone!

 

Called the clinic back yesterday about setting up my husband's test but they never returned our call yet. 

 

Best of luck and thinking of you @shelley4 as you get ready for the transfer. 

 

@Xerxella - I am not sure how they will count the month. When I go for the transfer I will be on Day 23 and I should start AF on Day 26, so maybe it would be that quickly. I never thought to ask about freezing any sperm. I will have to ask.

 

So happy to hear about so many eggs were mature and fertilized. Way to go dear!

 

Thanks for the information @chuord

 

My husband is struggling with it all- the emotions and feelings of loss and difficulties since the accident. He feels a sense of responsibility about this all. It's hard to see him like this. It also makes him question his whole manhood. When we had broken up during university, he actually got another girl pregnant but he only found out about it after she had an abortion. I know this weighs heavy on his head and his heart. 

 

Thanks for all the support. 

 

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@shelley4 - fingers are crossed for you. Just not having to deal with the stress of traffic will be to your benefit I'm sure.

 

@tinytina - I know it takes me a while to digest the news I hear from the doctor too. I always allow myself some time to feel upset or a little sorry for myself and then shake it off and resolve myself to the next step in the process. It sounds like you did the same thing.  I hope everything works out as simply and easily as possible for you and your husband.

 

@oxford - I also worry about the egg retrieval pain. From what I have read you get really bloated. A woman at my work told me when I got my femvue done that it wouldn't hurt, it would just be uncomfortable but I felt more than discomfort. Probably because one tube was blocked? Not sure.

 

I am just starting my 3 month wait in IVF. Taking supplements and dieting and exercising. Taking all the doctors advice to ready my body and give me every advantage.  I am exhausted but anything I can do to increase my chances is going to be done.  Not so much looking forward to the shots next month but I am determined to take everything in stride and deal with one thing at a time. 

 

Did I mention that I am planning a reception to celebrate my elopement as well? Very busy, however I have planned a long weekend away for my and my DH birthdays right before the major IVF stuff is scheduled!  Good luck to everyone!!!

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so we're done now!!! i've never seen an embryo before, it was so cool, they gave us a picture of the little guy/gal.  it was super fast and went really well!   we're back at the hotel now, for a little lunch, then we drive home.

 

i can't believe we're done now!  please move us the Two Week Wait!!


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Hello and welcome to May everyone!

Called the clinic back yesterday about setting up my husband's test but they never returned our call yet. 

Best of luck and thinking of you @shelley4
 as you get ready for the transfer. 

@Xerxella
 - I am not sure how they will count the month. When I go for the transfer I will be on Day 23 and I should start AF on Day 26, so maybe it would be that quickly. I never thought to ask about freezing any sperm. I will have to ask.

So happy to hear about so many eggs were mature and fertilized. Way to go dear!

Thanks for the information @chuord


My husband is struggling with it all- the emotions and feelings of loss and difficulties since the accident. He feels a sense of responsibility about this all. It's hard to see him like this. It also makes him question his whole manhood. When we had broken up during university, he actually got another girl pregnant but he only found out about it after she had an abortion. I know this weighs heavy on his head and his heart. 

Thanks for all the support. 

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Hey tinytina, I can relate a little as far as male infertility goes. My husband and I have been married for 7 years and I've never used birth control. We were young when we got married. 4 years in I thought it was rather strange that we never had an accident but he kind of felt that we would conceive once we actively tried. So we started to do that around the 5th year. A year ago we finally went to the doctor and he had and SA done. He came back as azoospermic (no sperm). Now I was very upset but he took it a lot worse. It was a pride thing for him, and he'd tell me he was embarrassed. But I always try to reassure him. We finally got answers and now that he knows what's wrong and he has sperm now he is way less tense about it all. He is in the process of freezing sperm while he has it, and he gets down every now and then but his outlook has become a lot better. Men tend to beat themselves up more. I had to got to the doctor this year and have test done. Needlessly to say I have issues of my own but had a complete different reaction than him. I hope your husbands test goes well and I'll be keeping fx for you.
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shelley - Hey!!! Can you post the picture? That'd be awesome!

mjwalker - Good luck with the vacation and the elopement party plans! smile.gif Sounds like fun!

tinytina - I hope they can freeze some. That way it won't feel like a waste and, just in case, they can use those if needed.

chuord - I'm worried about the thaw, biopsy, revitrify plan for the frosties. I don't like it, but my doc seemed completely unconcerned about it. She said they do it all the time with no problems. shrug.gif I'll have to accept that it'll be ok. But, I can't help thinking that it'd be devastating to lose the golden egg..... It's a tough call...

AFM - The follicles are growing amazingly! All 9 are still growing. They should've been at 4 cell this morning when they were checked. AND..... There were 8 at 4 cell and one at a 3 cell! Woo-hoo!!!! So, after long talks with hubbie, the nurse and the doc, we think we will do PGS (Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening). PGS is where they check for every chromosone in the embryo to spot genetic problems like we had in our last miscarriage. (It was a full triploidy, which meant it had a full extra set of chromosones. This is completely incompatible with life.)

Also, we're thinking about transferring 2, if they look good enough, on day 5. I think fresh transfer is still the best, but only if they look good. The other thing we're thinking about is still biopsying and testing those 2 we put back. We wouldn't get the PGS test results until we already had the pregnancy test results. But, it may still give us some information. But, that's potentially scary information.... So much to think about.

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i've never posted a picture before, so hoping this works :D

 

5 day old embryo!!

 

 

so a possibly silly question, that only just occurred to me now.  so when they did the embryo transfer, the embryo was in a fluid medium... and the nurse said that's normal that after the transfer, the fluid will leak out... which it did.  so how do they know that the embryo didn't leak out too?  i'm probably just driving myself crazy here.....


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Tiny tina, mjwalker, jh2013 - hugs on the male ego factor, I'm blessed not to have that issue - but judging how my medical dh strutted around for a week after the good news I can totally imagine how bad the reverse would be - men!
Tina - both dh and I have a termination in our separate pasts, your dh really needs to forgive hinself for something he had no control over, just focus on the good.
On that note I've been told (and may have mentioned this before so sorry) that whatever you focus on is joined to you like with a big rubber band, if you focus on getting away from the negative that's what you keep getting pulled towards, if you visualize (in our case) holding that baby in your arms - that's what you should get pulled towards. Lol I'm trying so hard to leave my fears alone and focus on the baby.
Xerxella - freakin awesome lady!!!!! So loving this month for you.
Kewpie - this is going to be you this time around - more embies than you need. Hugs!
Shell - don't stress, relax and focus on holding that baby and passing it to your cousin... It's all normal, apparently the uterus isn't as open inside as we think the embie will still be there... Rest and relax and keep up your awesome cheerfulness xxx

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shelley - I've heard it compared to a grain of sand on peanut butter. You could pour a gallon of water over that thing and it wouldn't go anywhere. Also, the fluid you felt would've been from the way they clean your cervix. They use a fluid to clean it. It's NOT the fluid that the embryo was in. So, no worries on that point. Good luck!!!!!! So exciting! did they give you a grade on the embryo?

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Contrasts X and shelly.

AFM .. I have been too depressed to even update. The miscarriage really set me back. I am done with my re. Today I had a consult with a new re. Top one in my area and saw a female Dr...that alone calmed my nerves as I am modest and struggled with that with re.

She said the hsg does not say fluid spilled out. So she would not do iui on me unless I repeated the test or did laparoscopy. Dye kept spilling from my cervix so thasts prob why because the report says he tried to apply pressure.

Also she says ivf. That she would not do mini ivf. And would not do clomid. Instead of clomid for 5 days and 3 days of inj after clomid which is what we were doing with other re..she would inject at the start.

She said my amh she will retest but needs to get estrogen FSH which my other re never did.

She also said that low amh isn't the end all only part of the picture.

And she is requesting my med rec from my stillbirth.

I think it is 10200 out the door plus meds which she said I could get online.
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Shell - don't stress, relax and focus on holding that baby and passing it to your cousin... It's all normal, apparently the uterus isn't as open inside as we think the embie will still be there... Rest and relax and keep up your awesome cheerfulness xxx

 

 

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shelley - I've heard it compared to a grain of sand on peanut butter. You could pour a gallon of water over that thing and it wouldn't go anywhere. Also, the fluid you felt would've been from the way they clean your cervix. They use a fluid to clean it. It's NOT the fluid that the embryo was in. So, no worries on that point. Good luck!!!!!! So exciting! did they give you a grade on the embryo?

 

thanks SO much both of you!!  feel way better now :D


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Shelly - yay!

Ilovemykiddos - sounds like this doc is a good one, wishing you all the best!

X - I love that explanation smile.gif so taking it to heart - thanks!

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Congrats being on your two week wait @shelley4.
@ilovemykiddos I'm sorry you have been feeling bummed. I know that feeling all too well. I am glad you changed doctors and able to move on and it seems already making progress.
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Hello everyone!

 

Plans for this weekend?

 

It's my pleasure to keep this thread going this month- it gives me something to focus on.

 

I got my grades back from the winter term of my Master's program- A+ and A- (my gpa went up 0.1) Yeah! Super excited. Spring term class started yesterday. This will be class #8 out of 10. 

 

Thanks for letting me know its okay to need time to digest what the doctor is talking about @mjwalker. Congrats on your elopement. 

 

@shelley4 sounds so exciting. Fingers crossed dear. The picture is awesome!

 

Thanks for the support and understanding @jh2013

 

Sounds like things are progressing nicely @Xerxella 

 

Thanks for the positive affirmation and vision @chuord. I really want to move away from negativity. 

 

Hi @ilovemykiddos hope you and your new doctor get a clear plan together

 

Hello to anyone else I might of forgotten. 


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oh, forgot to mention, the doc didn't give me a grade on the embryo, just said it looked "really good".  but this is the doc who typically doesn't explain anything to you at all, even if you ask shrug.gif  i was hoping to get the other doc, the really nice one who is the head of the clinic, but oh well, at least the little embie is in there, and hopefully implanting!!!

 

no big plans for our weekend, if it's nice, we hope to go geocaching.  but it's not as fun in the rain :P

 

sorry i don't respond to each person individually on this thread, please know that i'm following each of your journeys and wishing you all the best!!!


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Congrats @shelley4


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UPDATED TO HERE!


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