Here we go again….

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My medication for the frozen embryo cycle arrived today…here’s my haul. I don’t know about you but I always feel immediately compelled to stack all the boxes neatly, like some sort of  OCD IVF mad woman.  I’ll add this stuff to my neatly stacked apothecary, under the wine shelf.

I’m meeting the consultant tomorrow to get the low down on the frozen cycle – I think I’ll start the meds around the 5th April. I also downloaded the ‘Mindfulness’ book because I’m an easily influenced sheep who does whatever she’s told by other desperate infertile women online. Hey, being mindful helped someone in Idaho get pregnant with twins so bring it on! Next week I’m seeing a man about some magic beans😐🔫

Beautiful Baku

I’m in Azerbaijan for a short work trip – Baku is a fascinating place. I explored the old city yesterday and fed sausages to some friendly stray cats. I had a cat gang following me after 10 minutes….

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Test Day – BFN

Negative pregnancy test for me this morning… not even a hint of a second pink line. I was expecting this, I just haven’t felt ‘right’ this cycle. I feel strangely ok about it at the moment. Had a little cry and a long chat with my lovely husband at 6am. Something is clearly wrong with the quality of my eggs and I think we’ve accepted that. We just can’t keep doing the same thing again and again… we don’t have enough money, time or stamina.

Anyway, feeling horribly disappointed but I think we need to focus on plan B. We have one frozen embryo. I’d like to transfer this as soon as possible although I have no/low expectations. Then I’d like to find an egg donor. That’s our plan B. I never thought it would come to this, but here we are and I have to stay positive about the future.

Glass of wine for me tonight.

8dp5dt – here comes the fear

Today is 8dp5dt and I’m a psychotic wreck. My ‘symptoms’  feel 100% like AF is on her way… a heavy feeling down below, ovary twinges and a large zit on my forehead. I’m on regular knicker watch every 15 minutes or so. I’m in Zurich on a business trip today so I’m sure my colleagues must think I have diahorrea or something. If AF arrives whilst I’m here I think I’m going to have a nervous breakdown.

Anyway, God grant me the serenity to accept the things… etc etc etc.

I just want to get back to London so I can obsessively knicker watch in the privacy of my own home. 2 more sleeps until this 2ww hell is over… wish I felt a bit more optimistic.

6dp5dt – today is not a good day

I woke up this morning (6dp5dt) feeling completely normal. My boobs, which have been slightly bigger than their usual selves over the last week or so, have returned to normal size. The bloating has gone. The insomnia has gone. Even the weird dreams have gone. I’m actually giving myself sore boobs from trying to find soreness (yes, I’m a mad woman).

I’ve convinced myself that this cycle is a bust. I stupidly did the maths last night and the statistical likelihood of this cycle working is slim to none. I scared myself even though this isn’t ‘new news’ – I’ve always known this. My entire year-long IVF journey has been a constant mental battle of statistical reality vs hopefulness. Today is a day where the stats are winning and I am feeling a complete lack of hope.

I’m not going to test early. If I test early I won’t trust the result, and I’ll feel worse. So I’m just going to keep on losing my mind and my mojo until Saturday.

5dp5dt – losing my mind

I’m now at 5dp5dt and time is moving glacially slow. I’ve decided there are two types of time – real time, and IVF time. IVF time moves at half the speed of real time. This is a true, scientific fact – I may publish a paper on it.

I am really not sleeping very well at all. I am having some extremely trippy dreams, interspersed (every hour or so) with sweaty awakenings and frequent trips to the bathroom. I feel a bit like Hunter S Thompson. Last night’s dream was pretty good as it involved a BFP and being pregnant. The night before involved a cruise liner and Joan Rivers. I have no idea what is going on but I think it may be progesterone-related.

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3dp5dt and my love affair with CoQ10

So it’s 3dp5dt  and I’ve decided that the worst thing a person can do at 3dp5dt is Google ‘3dp5dt’. I’ve done that a couple of times today. I’ve discovered women who have POAS and got miraculous BFPs, women who have POAS and got nothing, women with implantation bleeding, women with cramps, women with headaches, etc etc. It is bad for one’s mental health yet completely addictive. I’m not tempted to do a pregnancy test – I’d rather live in blissful ignorance for as long as possible thanks.

My symptoms today (or lack thereof) include very slight twinges in the ovary area and, erm, very slight grumpiness.

As previously mentioned, this cycle has been my best so far in terms of stimulation, # eggs produced and # eggs fertilised. I really don’t want to tempt fate by typing this (we’ve still got such a long way to go) but I ascribe some of this early success to the co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplements I’ve been taking. I’ve been taking 600mg of CoQ10 every day for the last 3-4 months and I’ve felt fantastic – full of energy. My skin has been clear, I’ve been less tired and my hair is shiny and thick.  CoQ10 is an antioxidant and as we age, our internal CoQ10 levels drop. It’s a supplement so there isn’t really any medical evidence to support its IVF benefits (most of what I’ve found online has been  ‘woo’) but as a human guinea pig I give it my seal of approval. If you’re TTC, give it a shot.

2dp5dt

So I’m currently 2 days past my 5 day transfer. This cycle has been my best ever so far – 7 eggs collected, all 7 fertilised, 2 x 5 day blastos transferred on Wednesday and one amazing little embryo made it to the freezer. If you check out the ‘about me’ section you’ll see that this is a huge improvement on my previous 3 (yikes) cycles. Now I’m just waiting, waiting, waiting to see if the 2 embryos inside me decide to stick around.

Fact fans – given my previous issues we’re throwing everything at this cycle. I’m injecting myself with Clexane every evening. I’m taking baby aspirin every morning. I’m taking prednisolone (steroids) twice a day. I’m bunging Cyclogest progesterone pessaries where the sun don’t shine every other day….and on the other day I’m injecting myself with Lubion, a new type of subcutaneous progesterone injection. I’m scoffing 5mg folic acid, 1000mg Omega 3, 500mg L-Arginine and a prenatal multivitamin every day. What else? I’m also still taking 600mg of CoQ10 every day. I’ve decided to write a whole separate post on the wonders CoQ10 – I love that stuff.

I love reading about other people’s symptoms during the 2ww so I’m going to keep track of mine (or lack of mine). Yesterday I had a few ovary twinges  but today nothing. I’m a bit bloated and have sore boobs but I’m pretty sure that’s the progesterone. Oh and I am having mad, vivid dreams about all sorts of crazy stuff. I’m pretty sure that’s stress.

Baby Steps

Hello world – first blog post….here we go.

I’m 37, my husband is 39 and we’ve been trying to conceive for almost three years. We recently completed three cycles of IVF and I was diagnosed with a chemical pregnancy each time. Yep, each time. We’re hoping for fourth time lucky and I’m currently 3 days past a 5 day transfer (more on that next).

IVF blogs have been a fantastic source of useful info for me over the last few months, so I thought I’d start this blog to share my experience – good, bad and ugly. Here’s hoping for a happy ending!