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Sunday, July 26th 2015, 6:28pm

Author: jenny73

How to improve sperm

Hi again Sasha I don't know why a clinic would opt to freeze eggs over sperm. As far as I know, freezing eggs is much less efficient than freezing sperm. Check this out and ask why. Could it just be a financial thing on their part....? Sorry, but cynical after a long IVF journey. xx

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015, 3:08pm

Author: jenny73

How to improve sperm

hiya we did ours back in 2008 so I am not very up to date. It was a very simple procedure. My husband had a general and he would have recovered very quickly had he not got an infection, but other than that, no problem. He is a brave sort, but really this is nothing compared to what we go through. It was a very nervous time for us as we were told to expect having to use a donor, but they got it very wrong - we got mature sperm from epididymis, 18 straws in total (generally they would only thaw on...

Tuesday, July 21st 2015, 8:58pm

Author: jenny73

How to improve sperm

hiya Zita West definitely do stuff for men - worth a look. MESA is a form of sperm extraction - think the term used depends on where sperm is taken from. In our case, the epididymis. Hope things are feeling a bit less scary. xx

Tuesday, July 21st 2015, 10:33am

Author: jenny73

How to improve sperm

Hi Sasha You could have a look at the Zita West range of vitamins for men. You could also have an appointment with one of their nutritionists. Sure they could do that over the phone. It isn't cheap but I think anything like Wellman (i.e over the counter, broad spectrum stuff) will only give you a maintenance dosage - that's not really enough. A qualified nutritionist will point you to professional ranges of vitamins and minerals to try. This can all add up though to a substantial amount of money...

Friday, July 10th 2015, 12:58pm

Author: jenny73

No sperm found

Hi again yes, it is an awful shock - I am very sorry. We were told it was unlikely we would find sperm and to consider a donor, but we ended up with 18 vials. They can be very wrong. Do not give up hope yet - the operation really is nothing at all physically. My husband had a MESA and the sperm came from the epididymis, so were fully mature. But you can take sperm from testicular tissue too. Hope you will get better news at your next visit. I know just how hard it feels - like there is a barrier...

Thursday, July 9th 2015, 9:39pm

Author: jenny73

No sperm found

Hi Sasha Am very sorry to hear this. Yes, this happened to my husband and I. His was a very complicated situation - due part to a genetic defect and part to a botched operation when young. It meant that the only working vas deferens (pipe that connects testicle and penis) he had was taken away at 4 years of age by mistake - he had / has sperm (he had a MESA to have them removed) but they are effectively trapped in his body. Is this a new situation? I know you already have one little boy Jenny x

Sunday, May 24th 2015, 9:01pm

Author: jenny73

Nuture v care nhs

Hello It depends on your circumstances (age, reasons for infertility, etc) but I think that not having the capacity to freeze embryos is a big issue. Am surprised that this is the case, but perhaps other people have come across this elsewhere? It might reflect (badly) on their embryology services. As for PGD, again, this depends on your circumstances. If it is something that you might not do on a first go, but might want a couple of tries down the line, you should bear in mind that moving clinic...

Tuesday, April 14th 2015, 10:43pm

Author: jenny73

Window replacement & pregnant worried about lead

Hi Tab I can understand your concern. I didn't want to do anything DIY-related when I was pregnant/doing IVF due to similar concerns (paint fumes etc.) Why don't you ring your environmental health department at your local council? They would know best. We did this when we were concerned about an asbestos garage that was degrading very near to our house and to our yard (where our son played). They were able to put our minds at ease. I don't think you are silly to try and protect yourself when pre...

Tuesday, March 10th 2015, 1:23pm

Author: jenny73

TTTS? Anybody have any experience/knowledge?

What an awful experience. Try to take it easy now. Everything crossed for good news. xxx

Sunday, March 8th 2015, 5:39pm

Author: jenny73

After effects of egg collection!!

Hello It can be (had this myself), but you should always check if you are unsure. Good luck with the rest of your cycle xx

Sunday, March 8th 2015, 5:37pm

Author: jenny73

TTTS? Anybody have any experience/knowledge?

Hello So sorry to hear your news. It must be so stressful. I don't have any experience of this, but just wanted to wish you well. Like others have said, stay away from Google. That's not to say you shouldn't get different opinions, but it is so hard to find information online that can help you make any kind of decision about things. As for going to Birmingham, I would focus on the fact that this may well be the best place for this procedure. Wishing you well and hoping all turns out okay Love je...

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015, 11:11am

Author: jenny73

Steroids in pregnancy

Hi Clarabel Prednisolone is used commonly as immune therapy in IVF - I had it from EC twice (and my clinic is one of most successful out there). My clinic would have had me on it just as a precaution for the whole pregnancy had I not lost my baby. I'm sure there must be lots of data on it to prove its safety. Try not to worry. You're doing great. xx

Sunday, February 1st 2015, 6:29pm

Author: jenny73

Advised already ovulated at egg collection!!

Hello that seems harsh to me. Is it NHS or private? I just don't know for sure re the bloods, but it doesn't sound right to me. Why don't you ask an expert - Professor Winston does this for free as far as I know. http://www.robertwinston.org.uk Good luck xxx

Monday, January 26th 2015, 8:55am

Author: jenny73

Twins colic and reflux!!!!

Hello really sorry to hear you are getting so little sleep.....I remember how hard it can be. I don't want to worry you but I wanted to check that your twins aren't sleeping in car seats on a pram?? I know that young babies shouldn't spend too much time in car seats. I can't recall how long - could be no more than an hour at a time - but it can be dangerous as it restricts their breathing. Would be best to check with an expert. Am sorry, I don't mean to add to your woes, but wanted to make sure ...

Saturday, January 24th 2015, 9:44pm

Author: jenny73

Advised already ovulated at egg collection!!

Hi don't put up and shut up - this is too important. I always had bloods before my scan. I would then be scanned and a plan of action (increase in dosage of stims, maintenance of dosage, or scheduling of collection) would follow BUT it was always provisional upon them getting the blood results back in the afternoon. I was always called to be told how my bloods were. If I remember correctly - and I am not a medical person - there was a correlation of 1 egg to 500 units (don't know what it is) of ...

Friday, January 23rd 2015, 9:23pm

Author: jenny73

Hi

Hello just to reiterate what biggreeneyes has said - frozen sperm is no less effective than fresh, or so I have always been told (we had no choice but to use frozen sperm and do ICSI). Wishing you much luck x

Friday, January 23rd 2015, 9:20pm

Author: jenny73

Advised already ovulated at egg collection!!

Hello I'm really sorry this has happened to you. I used two clinics and they always did blood tests - E2 (Oestradiol) - on the day of each scan. I would say this is important, particularly as you approach the time when it would mature. Also, one of my clinics used to check the eggs were still there by scanning before putting me under - as you say, it is an unnecessary invasive procedure and a sedation. Ask some questions, perhaps get a second opinion if you can. Who did the monitoring? Were they...

Thursday, January 22nd 2015, 8:28pm

Author: jenny73

12 eggs down to two embies - devastated and all hope lost! Help!

Hello Try to stay strong and focus on the two, likely very strong embryos that you have on board. Wishing you luck and strength Jenny xx

Thursday, January 22nd 2015, 11:36am

Author: jenny73

High Risk Pregnancies?

Hello I'm afraid I don't have any info on Lupus, but I just wanted to say that I think you should share your anxieties with your midwife or your GP. It is completely normal to be worried during pregnancy (I was), especially when you have been through a lot to get there in the first place. Having said that, this is such a precious time and it would be so much better for you if you could feel less anxious - don't suffer in silence and pretend to the medical professionals that you are taking it all...




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