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Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 8:10am

Author: Sophie

Oxford Fertility Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital - Treatment chat

Natalia, I did have a hysteroscopy in Oxford. I think the doctors name was Rai or Vai or something, lovely Indian man. He and the nurse both wore wellies Anything in particular you'd like to know?

Wednesday, December 3rd 2008, 8:50am

Author: Sophie

Oxford Fertility Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital - Treatment chat

Hello Sarah! Welcome to FZ! I'm sorry to hear that your treatment isn't going as planned I hope you'll be able to get some advice from the unit today! It's so annoying when your 2nd IVF cycle is so very different from your 1st, I agree... I had a good womb lining but rubbish embryo fertilisation on our first cycle and the results were completely the other way around during our 2nd cycle! I still can't understand what my body's up to I hope you manage to DR soon so you can continue your treatment...

Wednesday, November 26th 2008, 2:20pm

Author: Sophie

NHS/PCT Approval Confirmation

Hi Phoebe, I'm with the JR as well although I'm going through tx privately. When we first started our journey we had a meeting with a registrar (on the NHS) on lvl1 of the Womens centre, and he referred us to the actual Fertility unit on lvl 4. Once that was done we had an information meeting where they explained about IVF and discussed the requirements to be able to get any actual treatments on the NHS. Have you been to your information meeting yet? If you've seen the NHS requirement list at th...

Thursday, October 30th 2008, 10:51am

Author: Sophie

Oxford Fertility Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital - Treatment chat

So sorry Tigerlilly, I've only just seen your post. Once it has been decided that you might benefit from treatment, the clinic will invite you to an 'open evening' where they explain what happens during treatment and the funding available. Unfortunately I don't remember much from the funding rules list, as it quickly became clear to me that it's pretty much a miracle if you get the funding! The clinic is very good though (in my opinion) and the nurses are all very nice. Good luck on your journey...

Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 4:27pm

Author: Sophie

Swimming and steriods

Hi Bouncy! Not sure about the swimming bit, but as I have chronic eczema I checked with the clinic when we started our IVF if I could use my creams. The things I use (I think it's Betnovate and also hydrocortisone) were fine to use, according to the clinic. xx

Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 12:58pm

Author: Sophie

Oxford Fertility Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital - Treatment chat

Hi Boycey! Yes I'm a 'special case'... I don't think they like doing natural FET and if you happen to need your embies de-frosted in the weekend they are unable to do that and you'll have to wait until the next cycle, which is a real pain! With a medicated FET they'll be able to plan around that. Unfortunately I'm coming to the end of my treatment as no medication we tried can get my lining to go above 5.6 mm Strangely enough my body does better without medication (I managed to get to 6.4 mm wit...

Tuesday, September 9th 2008, 12:08pm

Author: Sophie

Oxford Fertility Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital - Treatment chat

I have found OFU to be incredibly helpful! At first I found things frustrating, as it seemed I was just a number, but that soon changed during the second cycle. If you don't ask for the same nurse you just get whoever is free on the day. So I'd say go along with it all for one cycle to see what it's all like. If you are unlucky, and want to go through a second cycle, find a nurse you like (or two, as some work part-time) and ask to see her whenever you go for a scan. That way you get to know eac...

Sunday, September 7th 2008, 12:03pm

Author: Sophie

Oxford Fertility Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital - Treatment chat

Hello Healthy Babies! Welcome to ! I'm having treatment in Oxford, although I'm almost at the end of my journey there. If you have any questions about the Oxford Unit then I'll be happy to answer them if I can! There is a cycle buddies thread going (see Cycle Buddies Chatter on the main menu) where you can share experiences with people having treatment at the same time as you. Which cycle chat you want to join depends on which month you are having EC. Good luck & :: to you!!

Sunday, September 7th 2008, 11:40am

Author: Sophie

Thin endometrium

Thanks for your help girls, sounds like we've already tried pretty much everything... Didn't expect any different but was hoping for a miracle Good luck to everyone!

Saturday, September 6th 2008, 6:15pm

Author: Sophie

EGG COLLECTION - General questions

Great news that they're going to give you more drugs!! Sounds like you are getting a sedation Although we are taking so much medication already, a bit more to get through any painful procedure is a must in my book!! Thanks for saying my Dutch is ok I am actually Dutch by birth although I naturalised to being British last year (after moving here in 2000), so I now have dual nationality My mother keeps complaining that I'm losing my Dutch, so it's great to hear you think it's still up to scratch G...

Saturday, September 6th 2008, 8:55am

Author: Sophie

EGG COLLECTION - General questions

Goeiemorgen Miss Smeldon, My story is similar to Anita, only that they made the sedation wear off when they were done. I remember having to get up from the chair into the wheel chair to take me to the 'sleep-off' area. It was sore, but very bearable, for a few days. Sorry you were in so much pain with yours

Saturday, September 6th 2008, 8:50am

Author: Sophie

Thin endometrium

I realise might sound a bit of a desperate call, as I did a little search on the site and there don't seem to be many people who have gone this far, but I'm really hoping I'm wrong on that! Ok, I'll start by telling you my story in brief: ICSI 1: Endometrium 8mm and ET went ahead (long protocol, Puregon 150 iu) ICSI 2: Endometrium 4.5 (and coming down before EC) so ET was postponed and 10 embies frozen on day 2 (Gonalf-F 150 iu) Since then we've monitored my lining naturally and also tried to ge...

Thursday, August 28th 2008, 9:02am

Author: Sophie

Drugs!

Hi Dusky I remember getting the same shock! Turned out though (and it's very likely it'll be the same in your case) that the really thick needle was for mixing, not injecting I hope that makes you feel a bit better

Wednesday, May 14th 2008, 8:05am

Author: Sophie

ARGC

Ann, Please keep us updated as you go through your ARGC cycle! I also have a lining that's too thin and we are thinking of moving clinics to the ARGC. I'd be very interested to know what they manage to do for you, the drugs you have to take etc and obviously would love to hear of your upcoming BFP Good luck!

Friday, April 11th 2008, 5:10pm

Author: Sophie

consent to disclosure of identifying info??

Hi Hollybolly, I didn't like these forms either but it was explained to me that they wouldn't just give your information to just 'anyone'. I believe it's so auditors can have a look to see if all is ok with your care if they decided to pick your file as the one to be audited. Seemed fair to me, so I've signed it...

Friday, April 11th 2008, 10:56am

Author: Sophie

Oxford Fertility Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital - Treatment chat

Yes we went to the information evening, I think it's 'mandatory' to go to before you start... It's not too long and at the end there is an opportunity to talk to a nurse, embryologist or consultant to ask lots of general questions. There were about 50 couples there I think and there were 2 meetings that day It's good because you get all the information, although having been on FZ I knew the majority already

Thursday, April 10th 2008, 12:42pm

Author: Sophie

Oxford Fertility Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital - Treatment chat

Hi Hollybolly! I've just finished my 2nd cycle in Oxford so if you have any questions about them please feel free to send me a PM or email. They've been very helpful and everyone is very nice. The only thing I've found is that you always get a different consultant or nurse so if you have anything outside the normal or something you want to know every time you go for a scan, you have to ask and explain every time you go in. They are all very good though and I like it there. with your test results...

Thursday, January 31st 2008, 10:12pm

Author: Sophie

Questions about ICSI

Hi Bluebell! Fantastic news that you are able to start tx soon! Although I've never had panic attacks, I was also scared of side effects during my first ICSI last year. As it turned out, they weren't half as bad as I thought they would be! Yes, I did get a bit grumpy and dry during DR (iykwim ) but as the stimms started that went away and was replaced by some twinges because my ovaries were working their bums off OK, so my brain wasn't fully there (I would for example put straight cordial in one...

Tuesday, January 29th 2008, 9:12am

Author: Sophie

EMBRYO TRANSFER QUESTIONS

I've been reading this thread with interest, especially Nadia's post about her additional medication. I was all up for asking our cons about additional meds too, but a question came up when discussing these with my DH... I know we're all desperate to make embryo's 'stick', but what are the chances that we make an embryo stick that wasn't meant to be sticking? What if we make an embryo stick with meds that wasn't meant to (from a biological perspective)? I'm still going to ask the cons about impr...

Thursday, January 24th 2008, 11:15am

Author: Sophie

hairstyles!!!

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