the medical stuff

I’m not as across the medical terms and stats and facts as a lot of IVF ladies seem to be out there. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing?

Anyhoo – here’s a summary of a lot of crap (I won’t include the red wine ‘breaks’, but there have been a lot of them, too …)

– January 2009: let the joyous shagathon begin!

– April 2009: … erm …

– June 2009: right. OK. Not ideal. Don’t be a hypochondriac, now*.

– Late 2009: OPKs, charting, thermometers, spitting on a stupid bloody Maybe Baby thing, drinking, sobriety, positive visualisation, everything else in between … Being. Really. Patient. (grit teeth)

– January-March 2010: Meet our FS. Merrily chomp away at Clomid. BABIES HERE WE COME!

– March 2010: Right then.

– March 2010: Laparoscopy. Nothing wrong. Clean as a shiny uterine whistle.

– July-August 2010: ROUND 1 / IVF round 1 (5 day blasto). No bub.

– Sept-Oct 2010: ROUND 2 / FET 1, (5 day blasto). No bub.

– The rest of 2010, until April 2011: … Rest. Buy a dog. Work my ass off. Reacquaint myself with a gym. Reacquaint myself with a normal sex life. Cry a lot. Laugh a lot more. Block a LOT of pregnant people on Facebook. Eat well, drink well, be merry.

– May 2011: And here we go again! ROUND 3 / FET 2 (5 day blasto – our final frozen embie)

– June 2011: A positive pregnancy test, and then, almost immediately, a miscarriage. Life pretty much sucks ass right now

– July 2011: ROUND 4 / IVF round 2 (3 day emby, nothing frozen) Commence our second stim cycle, this time with an epic amount of meds backing us up. No bub.

– Aug 2011: Another break. Not as lengthy as the Oct-Apr one, but long enough to enjoy my thirtieth and drink many gallons of delicious cocktails

– Sept 2011: Um. A positive beta. And another one. And another (I really needed some convincing) … And then, a little heartbeat at 6 weeks … Wondering whether this may actually be it? Freaking. Out.

– May 2012: The Little Bun pops out into our lives, and an entirely new world of crazy begins

*I am a MASSIVE hypochondriac.


4 thoughts on “the medical stuff

  1. I stumbled across your blog while searching for IVF related things as I am about to start my first cycle. Something compelled me to keep reading, and reading… Thanks so much for your words. I laughed out loud, and also cried. And I am so thrilled for your progress. I’m 30 with unexplained and DH is perfect. I SO understand so much of what you have written. And I am also a hypochondriac…big time. Which really sucks for my husband. Hehe. Anyhow, I wish you all the best going forward. Thanks for the hope…lord know we need as much of it as we can get!!!

  2. Hey Steph – thanks for such lovely words! I did a lot of blog reading before I started the blog writing bit, and following other women who were having successes, did a great job of getting me through.
    Hang on in there and make sure you stop by if you have any good news x

  3. Hey,

    Had to keep reading once I found this, sounds eerily familiar, I never did ivf, to us it was going to be a last resort if we couldn’t get pg naturally, it’s so expensive to do it private and the waiting list on the nhs is humungous. Your words have really helped me see a light at the end of a very long tunnel. So happy that you got your precious wish come true. Xx

    After 4 miscarriages, we had started to lose hope, I’m now 6 weeks pg and on progesterone (which I have never been on before) this one feels different, so I have my fingers crossed, got my first scan in a week or so.

    Wish me luck. 🙂

    • Hi Vicki! I’m glad you’ve found some help here! I’m writing this while Little Bun is snoozing away upstairs. It’s a beautiful, sunny day and I promise all the effort and time you’ve put in will be worth it one day. Sending you tonnes of happy luck, do stop by again and let me know how you go xx

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