Official test day!

So I’m not going to beat around the bush, I did an early test around 9 days after transfer. I couldn’t take the torture of waiting anymore, and I’d read online that after 9 days there would be enough HCG in your system for a home pregnancy test to pick up. What ultimately made meContinue reading “Official test day!”

The 2 week wait…

It wasn’t actually 2 weeks, it was 11 days. But oh my god, this was by far THE hardest part of the whole process! Throughout the whole 11 days, every spare second I had, I would be researching. Signs and symptoms of pregnancy, what to expect after embryo transfer, what is the success rate ofContinue reading “The 2 week wait…”

Embryo transfer!!!

February 22nd, we arrived at Oxford Fertility Clinic at around 9am. For embryo transfer you need to have a full bladder, which I found SO difficult. Mainly because I was still very sore from egg collection (egg collection was only 4 days prior to embryo transfer!) and having a full bladder just added to theContinue reading “Embryo transfer!!!”

Fertilising my eggs using the ICSI method

For those who don’t know what ICSI is, it stands for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection. It’s a different method of fertilisation used when the quality of sperm is poor and would be unlikely to fertilise the egg alone due to the sperms not swimming properly. So instead of the standard IVF method, which is where theyContinue reading “Fertilising my eggs using the ICSI method”

DNA fragmentation testing

I was supposed to mention this in my previous post but completely forgot! On the day of egg collection, we were asked if we would like to have Will’s sperm sent off to test for DNA fragmentation. They were offering this to us for free due to Will’s low sperm count and poor motility, soContinue reading “DNA fragmentation testing”

Egg collection!

So, I cannot even begin to tell you just how nervous I was for egg collection! (I worry about anything and everything and nothing) For the procedure, they use sedative drugs to ensure you don’t feel any pain and don’t remember anything. I have luckily never had an operation or been sedated ever before, soContinue reading “Egg collection!”

The dreaded injections!

So after 3 weeks of nasal sprays, on February 5th, I had an internal scan (you’ll have MANY of these if you are/will ever go through IVF) to check that my ovaries were, how they would describe “nice and quiet” meaning they were not producing any eggs. The fertility specialist was happy that my ovariesContinue reading “The dreaded injections!”

Treatment begins with nasal sprays…

On January 16th 2019, we started treatment! So I started on a nasal spray called Buserelin, which was to switch off my ovaries and stop them from producing any eggs. I had to have 2 sniffs 4 times a day for 3 weeks, which was actually quite hard to keep up with at first. 4Continue reading “Treatment begins with nasal sprays…”

From referral to starting treatment

In July 2018, we had our first consultation with a fertility specialist to discuss our fertility issues and a treatment plan. However, we had both quit smoking and were using an e-cig to help kick the habit (I would have really struggled without that e-cig!). We were honest about using an e-cig with our fertilityContinue reading “From referral to starting treatment”

A bit about me and why I am going through IVF

So, first off I will start by saying this is my first attempt at creating a blog! So i’m a bit all over the place at the moment because i don’t really know what i’m doing, and definitely winging it! So apologies if it all looks a bit messy! My name is Steph, i’m 23Continue reading “A bit about me and why I am going through IVF”