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Saturday, October 27th 2012, 3:35pm

Author: Tinydancer

Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Coventry

We've just had our EC at Coventry CRM, so waiting for ET (fingers crossed), day after tomorrow. I can't fault the staff there, irrespective of the result that we get, the nurses have been fab, friendly and informative. TD x

Friday, October 26th 2012, 5:28pm

Author: Tinydancer

Trigger shot timings! Late with shot, advice needed!

Thanks for your replies ladies! I told the staff at the clinic anyway. It can't have made much difference cos I ended up not getting my eggs collected till about 10.15am this morning, they got three lovely mature eggs which is exactly the amount we were expecting. :-) All that worry for nothing! Lol Thanks again, TD xx

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 3:05pm

Author: Tinydancer

Trigger shot timings! Late with shot, advice needed!

Hi all, Was meant to do my trigger last night at 8.30pm. Unfortunately, i was at work and there was an emergency situation and I couldn't get to my injection and do it till 9.15pm. (3/4 hour late!). Phoned clinic today and they weren't best pleased and said they can't change the time of the EC as other people are also booked in at specific times to their trigger shot. I have to still go in anyway and mention it again prior to collection. Can anyone tell me if they were not exactly spot on with t...

Tuesday, August 7th 2012, 10:21pm

Author: Tinydancer

New to all this

Hi Zoe, our story is slightly similar to yours! My partner and I were having trouble conceiving so he went for a sperm analysis only to find his count was also very low (4 samples so far, the best has been half a million!). I have children from a previous relationship so won't get free treatment. We were advised ICSI was the best bet. Dr briefly spoke about donor sperm, but we'd rather try with our own. Didn't think there would be a problem with me as I have two children, but tests showed my AMH...

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 11:18am

Author: Tinydancer

Newbie starting IVF soon at CRM Coventry

Hi Kerryev, just had a letter from the CRM, my appt has been moved to the 4th too! Lol, might see you there!

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 12:13pm

Author: Tinydancer

Another Newbie

Hi Sarah, I responded to one of your posts yesterday as I believe you are at the same clinic as me (Coventry). I also have low AMH (2,12) and have been accepted for ICSI. At last appt. Dr talked about upping the stims injections due to low AMH-is this what they're doing for you? We've got our nurse information session at beginning of Sept. TD x

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 11:24pm

Author: Tinydancer

Newbie starting IVF soon at CRM Coventry

KerryEv, I think ours is the 5th September! S4R4h2k, my AMH was also low - 2.12, and dp has low sperm count, keep us updated as to how you get on. We're close to starting ICSI but I'm worried all the effort, time and emotional input is going to be wasted when so much seems to be against us! Mr Ghobara said the chance of our ICSi being successful was greatly reduced. Xx

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 8:16pm

Author: Tinydancer

Newbie starting IVF soon at CRM Coventry

I'm also at CRM Coventry, under Mr Ghobara. Was there today and next appointment is September for our nurses information session for our 1st ICSI attempt. Both my partner and I have sub fertility issues This was our 4th appointment today, he said the chance of it being successful given our history is about 10% at a rough guess. let us know how you're getting on, TD x

Thursday, July 5th 2012, 1:35pm

Author: Tinydancer

New and need some advice

Hi Nelbelle, I would suggest another Sperm analysis in a couple of months time. We also have a very low sperm count (0.3million total) and have been told that ICSI would be the best bet. The doctor briefly mentioned donor sperm but we refused immediately. The doc did say that as sperm take 3 months to manufacture (so to speak), he made us do another test three months down the line to ensure it was a newly made batch of sperm they were counting. The count was a bit better for us (0.5 mill) dr adv...

Sunday, July 1st 2012, 9:15pm

Author: Tinydancer


SLP, was just wondering how you were getting on? I have just had a low AMH result after being referred for ISCI following DP's low sperm count. I feel shocked and a little upset as I didn't expect it. Have you had any treatment and if so, was it successful? TD X

Sunday, July 1st 2012, 9:11pm

Author: Tinydancer

Low AMH - short or long protocol?

Does a low AMH test generally mean that a short protocol is used? I've just had a surprising 'very low' AMH result (2.1) following a higher day 3 FSH result. We were advised to go for ICSI by the doctor when we found out DP's SA was very poor. Not due to return to the clinic till next week, but from what I have read on the Internet, the short protocol seems to be used more with a low AMH result, Is that right? I assume it also means an increase in drugs for increased stimulation of failing ovari...

Sunday, June 10th 2012, 12:07pm

Author: Tinydancer

Considering a holiday abroad with a 8 month old

I took DD away to Spain when she was 6 months. We discovered not all bottled water was suitable for making up her milk. Look on the packaging and there are done that state they are low in sodium and suitable for babies. "Sin sodio / no sodio/lo sodio" is what you should look for and "para alimentacion bebe" (suitable for baby food). We boiled the bottled water too! Also a floating baby seat for the pool was a godsend, she loved it TD xx

Thursday, May 31st 2012, 10:55am

Author: Tinydancer

Sample too poor to freeze - Really? Why?? :-(

Morning all! DP went to give a sample for freezing last week prior to the start of our 1st ICSI cycle. We know his count is very low (several SA's ranging from 0.3 to 0.5 million), with morphology and motility issues, (they said severe oligoasthenoteratozoospermia) but the clinic phoned back a couple of hours later and said they wouldn't be freezing the sample because it wasn't viable. Why would this be? They knew DP had a low count before he went in for freezing, and it didn't seem like there w...

Thursday, May 31st 2012, 10:41am

Author: Tinydancer

Klienfelter's Syndrome

Hi Jessiebaby, Just wondered if you had found out any further information regarding the Kleinfelters syndrome. My DH is just waiting for the results of karyotyping genetics tests - we assume this is to check for Kleinfelters. We have read up on it and some of the signs and symptoms fit in with him! Any information you could share would be a great help! TD xx

Thursday, May 31st 2012, 10:26am

Author: Tinydancer

Orange under crackers??!!

How orange do they have to be?? LOL! John Lewis does a nice thong in a colour called 'coral', which is like a light orangy colour!! They're not the cheapest pants in the pack, but hey, if they're lucky knickers they might be just worth paying for! Link below: Buy John Lewis Heidi Thong, Coral online at - John Lewis Also, Matalan do something a bit more affordable. Again, in Coral but still comes under the orange heading!! [url=

Monday, May 28th 2012, 4:24pm

Author: Tinydancer

Zero Sperm Count

Just wondered if they had done more than one sperm test? I think the turn around for sperm production is about three months, so they should do another in a few months to see if count is still low. My DP has a severely low count (he's had 3 tests, and given a sample for freezing which they wouldn't freeze as count too low). He's had blood tests for hormones (it came back as low testosterone levels), also genetic testing to check that cause of low count isn't genetic and an ultrasound on his teste...

Monday, May 28th 2012, 4:14pm

Author: Tinydancer

Testicular issues :(

I would have thought that if you pushed for a SA they would do it, the doctor might even suggest it as a way to check testicular function. It might also be worth having testosterone levels checked as the testes are responsible for making testosterone too. This might be something that can be sorted with the urologist. My DH has low testosterone and they've just scanned his testes to see if there's a problem as thats where they think the problem originates, they have also done hormone blood tests ...

Tuesday, May 15th 2012, 10:58pm

Author: Tinydancer

Need an IVF/work cover story

What about just saying its a gynaecological procedure? Most people won't dig further when gynaecology is mentioned....and if they do, you can say you'd rather not talk about it. And that way, you're not really telling fibs either as it is a sort of gynaecological procedure..... I'm going to have to do the same with my work as the gossip/rumour mill is rife, so that's going to be my cover story when I take the time off!! I don't really even want to tell my boss as he's slightly loose lipped! Good...

Monday, May 14th 2012, 5:30pm

Author: Tinydancer

Please help me decipher my test results

The only one I can say for definite that is I know anything about is the karyotyping. That's normal and as it should be. Sorry couldn't be more help. TD X

Monday, May 7th 2012, 4:36pm

Author: Tinydancer

ICSI, drugs and working shifts.....

We are very early in our first go with ICSI. I work a shift rotation pattern - early, late and nights. I was wondering if anyone knew if working shifts might affect the effectiveness of the drugs? If I take the drugs in the evening, some days I will have finished work by that point, sometimes I will be half way through a shift and other days I will have just started a 12 hours shift. Any other shift workers had successes, or problems or can share any tips? TD xx