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Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 7:51pm

New to this and terrified - endo / sperm issues/ ICSI starting soon Belfast


I am completely new to all this and I am still coming to terms with the fact we need fertility treatment - I am very up and down and hoping this forum might help to speak to people in a similar situation. A bit of background - my husband has low/slow/immobile sperm so ICSI was our only option (we haven't ever used protection in 5 years but only once we got married last year did I actually send him for the tests even though I knew there must have been something wrong after all that time )

Got results of SA And decided we would go private while waiting for NHS go. Went to GCRM in Belfast for consult in March - had a scan and dr traub advised that I had a low amh for my age (I'm 28 and my amh was 8 )and I had an 8cm cyst on my ovary (big shock as AF is pretty normal or so I thought ).

Had further tests and endometriosis was confirmed . Had laparoscopic excision of the endo at the Ulster clinic in Belfast ( thank god for wedding present money! Lol) but it turned out the endo was a lot worse than feared - I have deep infiltrating endometriosis and ovaries which were stuck together and stuck to my bowel and had 2 x 8 cm cysts . The surgeon was only able to remove one of them so I still have a pretty big cyst stuck to my bowel along with one of my ovaries . The surgeon was great he done his best to make my ovaries accessible for ivf but said that my pelvis was one of the worst he had seen - fab news ! Lol. He advised us to start ivf "sooner rather than later" so here we are . Surgery was a month ago and I started back to work yesterday ( a week earlier than surgeons recommended leave - couldn't take anymore sitting about the house Worrying )

So consent appointment at GCRM in Belfast is this Thursday . Have not a clue what to expect . Next AF is due at start of June but we are supposed to be going to Portugal for a week mid June so not sure if we will have to defer to July or if we can still go on holiday . Will find it on thursday when we pay the big bill!! Still have NHS go as our back up if this one isn't successful although I imagine it will be mid 2018 by the time that comes around .

So that's me - sorry for rambling I am just hoping there are some people out there with some hope for me - feel like we are fighting a losing battle already as every appointment I have had has held bad news - SA results /AMH results(which will now be a lot lower due to unavoidable damage to ovaries during laparoscopy ) / Ovary stuck to bowel/ large cyst living on my ovary and bowel. It just seems like we don't have any luck so far! I am completely devastated. Feel like one minute I'm fine and the next I'm in tears and my hubby doesn't know what to say . And my friends are all having babies and I don't feel like I can talk to any of them about any of this as it wouldn't be fair to bring them down . My family are great and my DH is too - he is very open to adoption if this doesn't work for us as I just can't imagine my life without a family of my own . I'm finding it tough at the minute .sorry for the rant ! Lol x
me 29 DH 38
Stage 4 Endo and MFI

#1 GCRM -July 17 - BFN
#2 GCRM -Nov 17-BFP !! - M/c at 6w1d .heartbroken
#3 - Serum Greece-June 18 -bfn..what now!?



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Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 10:24pm

Hello and welcome and rant away!

I'm sorry to hear what a tough time you've been having already. Once you get started it really will feel a lot less scary and daunting - and I wish you nothing but good luck in your journey. Xx

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Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 11:03pm

Net thanks so much for replying it is really reassuring to see a success story like yours for a bit of hope and positivity ! Thank u xx
me 29 DH 38
Stage 4 Endo and MFI

#1 GCRM -July 17 - BFN
#2 GCRM -Nov 17-BFP !! - M/c at 6w1d .heartbroken
#3 - Serum Greece-June 18 -bfn..what now!?



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Wednesday, May 17th 2017, 3:34pm


I wish you all the luck in the world. Waiting is often so difficult and then so heartbreaking when you get bad news. I've recently been diagnosed with endo but only via an MRI and have three cysts so on the NHS waitlist for a lap but seriously considering going private as worried about them growing further and the endo causing more damage, esp as they said there is possibly an old erupted cyst present (confusing). I'm currently waiting for an update on NHS waiting times for this as been told until I've had this done, I can't have ivf so it's a constant waiting game. It's so difficult when it feels everyone around you are having babies and you have to pretend to be okay, I completely feel for you. Keep us updated on your journey and best of luck on Thursday.. a step in the right direction.



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Wednesday, May 17th 2017, 4:51pm

Hi and welcome

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