Archives for posts with tag: HRT

2013-12-05

Today marks the ceremonial last insertion of an IVF pessary.

I’ve been taking IVF drugs (2 x progesterone pessaries and 4 x HRT tablets) for many months now, with HRT since 27th September and progesterone since 12th October.

Today is 49 days after embryo transfer which is finally time to stop taking all that.

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2013-10-12

Today is the first day of the two week wait.  This is the day that my eggs would be fertilised if they were not fertilised already.  My fertilised eggs were kept out of me in the test tube for six days, hence as they are already six days old they’ll not put them back in til Thursday.

As of today I’m on a new drugs regime, in preparation for the frozen embryo transfer on Thursday.  Folic acid and HRT as before, plus progesterone.  The progesterone is a pessary that I have to stick up my vajayjay twice a day.  I don’t seem to have any side effects, but it does drip out as a white waxy paste and is quite messy and gross.

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2013-10-11

It must be a busy month at the IVF clinic, because yet again I had to wait 50 minutes in the waiting room today.  I would rather have spent that time in bed…

But things got better.

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2013-10-10

Eek, tomorrow is an important day in the IVF process. I’ll be going in first thing for a scan to see how the HRT is going. If all is well I’ll be able to move on to the frozen embryo transfer and preparation for this. I could have an embryo in me this time next week. Fingers crossed.

This appointment has rather crept up on me, it has not been front of mind at all. I keep noticing it in my Outlook calendar. Then promptly forgetting. See, still forgetful! I have had to write myself a note or I’ll sleep through it.

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2013-09-27

I had an appointment for an internal scan today at 9am to see whether the first part of the IVF process had worked.

The husband was working in town at 10am and needed to drive there, and he very kindly offered to go a bit early to drive me to the clinic.  This meant that I could have an extra half hour in bed, and that he would be able to attend the appointment, and that then he could drop me in town for a swift journey home for me.  This would be the first time he came to a routine appointment so that seemed like a really good opportunity for him to see what it is all about.

So we got there at 9am and waited in the waiting room.  And waited.  And waited.  At 9.35am the husband had to bail because he needed to get to his meeting.  And I waited a bit more.  I was finally seen at 10am.  Because they were ‘busy’.

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2013-08-05

Yeah don’t even get me started on how this letter is marked ‘Strictly private and confidential to be opened by addressee only’ and was sent to me and not my husband… A couple of weeks after the event it confirmed what we knew from two negative pregnancy tests and me getting my period.

We’re in limbo again. Not much to report. On the plus side I can have a few beers, exercise, eat McDonalds, er… bleach my teeth. It’s not so bad, we don’t have to wait too long and as it is Edinburgh Festival Fringe time I can happily have some fun and get on with things for a bit. I’ve been feeling a bit sick which seems to be easing off now but I’ve not got my libido back. This is annoying. But as the sickness is going and I’m starting to show a bit of interest in attractive young comedians the husband thinks this may be related to my natural cycle resetting and my ovulation which is due around now.

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2013-07-22

So the home pregnancy test was negative, but we’re not quite done with this IVF cycle yet.

Avert your eyes squeamish people, I’m going to explain a bit more about pregnancy tests during IVF.  And this involves talking about periods.

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2013-07-12

You may recall that last time I had IVF I had (through experience) expected to be able to get a counselling appointment soon after the negative result, but I wasn’t able to get one for two weeks. And for me, having the counselling sessions with an infertility expert was a big coping mechanism and not being able to have this safety net at the most difficult time was tough for me and made me feel anxious.

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2013-07-11

Maybe this time, I’ll be lucky
Maybe this time, he’ll stay
Maybe this time
For the first time
Love won’t hurry away

All the odds are in my favour
Something’s bound to begin
It’s got to happen, happen sometime
Maybe this time I’ll win… (Maybe this time, Cabaret)

Today was the day of the frozen embryo transfer, and I can happily report that Puffling is safely within me now. All went well. It was quick – I was about 45 minutes from arriving to leaving.

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2013-07-09

This is the current medication regime. All the pills in the morning (1 x folic acid and 3 x HRT) plus one progesterone pessary, then a further pessary in the evening. I feel alright on these. I think I’m pretty much back to normal on this combo, although unfortunately this reverts me to my natural sleeping regime which is very much the extreme night owl. The menopause drugs had me sleeping early like a normal person, which was much more convenient.

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