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Monday, October 13th 2014, 12:51pm

Author: rosa21

Access Fertility prepayment IVF programmes - any experience?

Hi, My clinic have just told me about a company called Access Fertility, who provide IVF packages. Specifically there is one for under-42 year olds where you prepay for 2 fresh cycles and get any associated frozen cycles thrown in. They're not available to talk to today, and I was wondering if anyone knew anything more about it? There's also a programme for under-37 year olds where you get 3 cycles and up to 70% refunded at the end apparently if you're unsuccessful. I'm wondering whether it's a ...

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 10:15pm

Author: rosa21

Three embryo transfer?!?

Thanks Jade and Rianon, I don't think that a natural FET is an option for us because my lining never thickens up without A LOT of drugs. We're really not in a position to pay for any more treatment. My husband and I lost our business this year and now only have one income so there is no money spare for IVF stuff - we're struggling to pay the rent at the moment, and have to find £1200 for the intralipids etc for this cycle, as they're not covered by NHS funding. I wish I could find a breakdown of...

Tuesday, July 8th 2014, 8:02pm

Author: rosa21

Three embryo transfer?!?

Hi girls, I've had a year off from treatment and now I'm starting up again to undergo what will probably be my last cycle. (We have no money for subsequent ones.) It's a frozen cycle and I have three frozen embryos. I'll be 40 in a couple of weeks and my consultant says that even though my embryos are only 38 or 39, because I'll be 40 I could opt to have all three transferred. I'm in a bit of a quandary. Obviously I don't want a multiple pregnancy with all the associated risks, but I really want...

Sunday, August 4th 2013, 6:37pm

Author: rosa21

Thyroid specialist with a particular interest in fertility?

Hi Ladies. I wonder if anyone has any recommendations for me please. A couple of years ago I saw my GP with concerns that I had an under-active thyroid (before I started fertility treatment). I was tested, and told my thyroid levels were normal. I have many of the symptoms of an under-active thyroid but my GP was very dismissive. I'm just about to embark on what will probably be my final chance of IVF, and want to rule out any additional factors that could be adversely affecting my fertility. I'...

Sunday, July 14th 2013, 6:27pm

Author: rosa21

Info about intralipids/steroids/clotting etc, following immunology test results

Hi Snuggly, No, these weren't ordered by the GP. Our clinic consultant advised us to get tested after 3 negative cycles. I think GPs can only order these tests after 3 miscarriages. My consultant says that the tests aren't funded by the NHS for implantation failure because there haven't been enough studies as yet. We decided to pay privately for the tests to make sure we were getting the most out of our last NHS cycle. It's such a shame that the NHS don't do these when you start IVF, as it does ...

Friday, July 12th 2013, 8:01pm

Author: rosa21

Info about intralipids/steroids/clotting etc, following immunology test results

Thanks girls, that is reassuring. The stories I read were also about people having fertility treatment, but maybe I just hit a rich vein of horror stories. Pesky old internet scaring me! Congratulations on your pregnancy Penny - it looks like you've earned it. Hopefully the drugs will work as well for me as they have for you. xxx

Tuesday, July 9th 2013, 3:30pm

Author: rosa21

Info about intralipids/steroids/clotting etc, following immunology test results

I'm just reading a thousand accounts of people's heads puffing up like footballs, and getting hairy faces, and being unable to stop eating because of steroids Does anyone have any happy steroid stories for me please?

Tuesday, July 9th 2013, 1:15pm

Author: rosa21

Info about intralipids/steroids/clotting etc, following immunology test results

Hi girls, I wondered if anyone had any experience of this stuff - I've tried not to read about it before, as I was hoping it wouldn't affect me. After 3 unsuccessful IVF attempts (and 2 abandoned cycles) I've just seen my consultant and had results from nk assay panel, thrombotic risk and anticardiolipin tests. I can't remember all the numbers but he said I have an increased risk of clotting, and also one of the nk tests was too high, and so he's suggested taking intralipids + aspirin + steroids...

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 6:10pm

Author: rosa21

Going for FET very nervous

Hi Steff, I just thought I should say that medicated isn't necessarily the best way to do it. After 2 medicated cycles my clinic are going to do a natural one next (despite my short cycles) because they think that my lining grows better without the meds. The medicated cycles are often just the best way for the clinics to control the timing and scheduling. So don't assume your body won't do a good enough job. xx

Friday, May 17th 2013, 5:31pm

Author: rosa21

Going for FET very nervous

Hi Steff, There are different types of FET. If you have regular cycles then the clinic might let you have a natural FET, where they wait for you to ovulate and then put your defrosted embryo in a couple of days later. Or you can have a medicated cycle where you're given HRT oestrogen until your lining is thick enough, and then progesterone and oestrogen together for a few days, then your embryo gets put in and you continue with the meds for 2 weeks and do a pregnancy test, and if it's positive y...

Monday, May 6th 2013, 11:05pm

Author: rosa21

How soon to exercise after embryo transfer

Hi girls, I've just had an FET cycle and I'm looking for advice about how soon I can go back to the gym. In previous cycles I've put myself on bed rest for a couple of days, and then taken it very easy til OTD, spending most of my time lounging around in bed. Previous cycles have been BFNs. This time I've been a lot more active, and on the third day went for a long but gentle country walk. It's a week til test day at the moment, and I would love to resume some exercise but not sure when or how m...

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 2:52pm

Author: rosa21

AMH/FSH Levels.............Very confused!!! Please help!

Hi Lollipop, I must admit that I don't know loads about amh levels. It's supposed to be an indicator of your ovarian reserve, and the numbers go down with age. Mine are VERY low, but we were already having ICSI because of my husband's rubbish sperm. I've noticed that the levels for some people on here do improve spontaneously so don't panic too much. If you do need to have treatment to conceive then your consultant will take your amh into account and treat you accordingly. I've managed to produc...

Monday, April 29th 2013, 4:04pm

Author: rosa21

Endometrial scratch

Thanks Dusky xx

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 8:01pm

Author: rosa21

Endometrial scratch

Thanks Net, it obviously worked for you! I'm on 4 progynova, an HRT patch and an aspirin this cycle so I don't know whether they can increase my meds next time. I've already decided that I need a break after this cycle, so I'll probably wait til the autumn to try again, and try and forget about it all in the meantime, and try and have some fun over the summer. Thought I would look into what I can do differently next time now, and put a plan in place so that I can have a nice summer knowing that ...

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 6:04pm

Author: rosa21

Endometrial scratch

Thanks Macksie, I've read a lot about viagra being good. The clinic have given me aspirin this time, but I was planning to mention viagra to them next time. We are going ahead with this cycle anyway (ET next Thursday) and apparently I have the triple lining - so hopefully it will implant like yours did. I'm sorry your pregnancy failed - it's such a hard road we're all going down. Are you trying again? xx

Friday, April 26th 2013, 9:30pm

Author: rosa21

Endometrial scratch

Hi girls, I'm in the middle of a medicated FET cycle and having lining problems (day 14 - 6.8mm). Previous cycles have been poor too (fresh cycles got to 7.2mm and 7.4mm, and an abandoned FET only got to 5.8mm on day 17). I've tried lots of supplements to help with my lining - plus all the usual stuff (brazil nuts/red meat/hot water bottles etc) but it's still on the thin side. I'm thinking of doing an endometrial scratch before my next FET. Please does anyone have any experience of this? Any su...

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 11:40pm

Author: rosa21

Anything that can help in the meantime?

Hi Macksie, I have lining problems too. Been doing lots of stuff to try and help it along, don't know if any of it's working but my research says: co-enzyme q10 - ideally 600mg a day but it's really expensive so I'm doing 200mg royal jelly (refrigerated fresh stuff) hot water bottles up until ET massaging stomach to increase blood flow fish oils (increase circulation) acupuncture to increase blood flow I'm also doing zita west prenatal supplements and b vitamins for my general health/ pms. Every...

Thursday, April 11th 2013, 1:19pm

Author: rosa21

Microgynon misery

It sounds as if it affects people differently, so you could give it a try but swap to a different one if it doesn't agree with you. Maybe have a chat with the doctor about your concerns, and get them to agree in advance to changing brands if necessary, so that you don't have to worry. My advice would be to act quickly if you're having a bad time on it, and don't suffer in silence. Have you tried any things like supplements or acupuncture to even out your cycle? There are a couple of things that ...

Thursday, March 21st 2013, 10:06pm

Author: rosa21

Raw apple cider vinager

Hi BBE, I just wanted to quickly say that I used apple cider vinegar for heartburn last year and it was brilliant. It completely sorted out my symptoms. I don't know anything about its safety in pregnancy but it is definitely very effective. Just be careful of your teeth (same goes for the lemons) maybe wash your mouth out afterwards? And make sure you avoid peppermint tea as that can relax the sphincter muscle at the top of your stomach and cause heartburn. I have a feeling that gaviscon and le...

Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 4:10pm

Author: rosa21

advice on my daughter being in the delivery room with me?????

I unexpectedly found myself at my sister's first delivery and was not prepared for the experience at all. It was a prolonged and difficult labour and I found it really upsetting to see her in so much pain and be unable to help her in any way. Perhaps if I'd known I would be there and was mentally prepared it would have been easier. I was in my 20s and still found it very traumatic. I guess it depends on how level-headed she is, and whether she's naturally a worrier.




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