For a long time I have wanted to partake in a “photo a day” challenge that seem to be all over Instagram. I decided that with us starting our medicated frozen embryo transfer this month this would be a perfect distraction. I initially settled on doing one challenge that had many American specific daily prompts, I thought I could work around these. Then I saw this 30 day gratitude photo challenge Continue reading
On Monday I got the call from Pharmasure. Pharmasure is the company responsible for delivering the IVF drugs on the behalf of my clinic. The lady on the phone was lovely and we arranged my FET drugs to be delivered on Thursday. That is today. Today my drugs for our frozen embryo transfer cycle arrived!
As I wrote in my blog when my IVF#1 drugs arrived, taking a picture of your fertility treatment medications when they arrive is a rite of passage. It signifies the start of so much more than just IVF. It marks that moment Continue reading
(For the last couple of posts I’ve used an extended metaphor about this FET and trains, I promise that stops with this post. And not just because I’ve run out of analogies and witty things. Although some will argue I never had any. Either way breathe a sigh of relief it’s over, the metaphor has reached it’s destination. Damn it.)
Today I got some exciting post in regards to our FET cycle. To be honest I wasn’t expecting anything as we had our prescription invoice arrive as I blogged about here, so was a bit confused when I saw a letter for me through the letterbox. (I don’t often get post, hence the confusion!) Anyway I opened the letter, Continue reading
I’ve decided that with this FET cycle I am going to blog with each step, more than I did with IVF #1. Mainly to help me through but also because this is my first frozen embryo cycle. I’m going in blind. If I blog about it then hopefully the next person doing their first FET can find this journey of my experiences and find comfort in it. Make things a little clearer about what to expect, timeline etc.
Today I received the invoice for my FET medications. Continue reading
It seems the FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) train is pulling into the station. Toot toot! Today the clinic rang me at 8:30, I was still asleep so the nurse got a very slurred “hello” mid yawn. Of course this made the nurse laugh and apologised for waking me up. I replied in typical British fashion ie apologising over and over. Once that was over we moved onto the real reason for the call, my medicated frozen embryo transfer cycle! Continue reading
It’s hard to describe that feeling of joy of seeing a period when you’re waiting to start an IVF cycle. To the outside it seems ridiculous. You’re trying to conceive yet you’re excited your period has come? How does that make sense? Period means empty womb normally doesn’t it? Well, yes, oh fertile one you are correct. However, when you’re waiting to start fertility treatment all you want is that period. That period means you can get on with undergoing the medical help you need for that so longed for baby. That period likes to toy with you though. You can have regular periods but as soon as you want it to come, it’s nowhere to be seen. Continue reading
Story of my life. In fact I think the majority of woman going through IVF can identify with me on this. Your periods can be as regular as you like but as soon as you need it to turn up so you can start an IVF cycle or FET, nothing. Not a cramp or spot in sight. Well now that would be too easy wouldn’t it? Continue reading
Yesterday my husband, niece, our shihtzu Spike and I took part in the Epilepsy Action Sefton Coast Walk. This was a 4.5 mile walk to raise money for the charity Epilepsy Action. We paid the entrance fee for a family ticket which was £20 and not only did it cover a train ticket back to the start, we also got a bottle of water and a snack. I believe some of the money that was leftover from the event costs also went to Epilepsy Action which is amazing. Originally it was just going to be my husband and I doing the walk, but due to last minute babysitting duties our niece P came along too! P was really excited as she was meant to take part in this walk last year but couldn’t due to a chest infection.
The top three pictures Continue reading
Age is just a number, or so the saying goes. Age is a huge talking point with IVF. The NHS funding has an upper age limit for IVF of 40 years old for the female partner. The media talks about how “women are putting off” having children hence a rise in IVF numbers. Infertility affects people of all ages. A woman with fertility issues at 23 years old will have the same issues at 33years old. Yet this isn’t talked about. Younger women ie those in their mid twenties, going through fertility treatment are often looked down on or dismissed. I myself have been told by people within the trying to conceive community that I am “just a young’un” and that I have “plenty of time”. Continue reading