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15/01/2014 at 13:40
Welcome to DTC (determined to conceive). This is the forum for those being referred or starting fertility treatment. There's no pressure for personals, weekly threads or counting days. It's a place to pop in and out of as much or as little as you need, to talk to others who understand how tough it can get travelling along a longer/less straight forward than hoped fertility journey. Hopefully the powers that be will keep this as a sticky at the top of the forum.
2013 ended with a rush of DTC BFPs so fingers crossed the lucky run continues.
15/01/2014 at 13:51
AFM after a weird cycle with no obvious signs of ovulation (and I gave up on using OPKs as it was Christmas and had people staying over) it looks like AF is due either this afternoon or tomorrow making it a shorter cycle. You'd think after 2.5 years of TTC I'd be immune to feeling kicked in the guts with this but no. Not helped that we have one more cycle before our next IVF appointment and I'm away without H for most of our fertile time. Only positive is I am meeting NavyGirl in person for the first time when I'm away so with that and my holiday to Mauritius to look forward to I'm trying to stay positive.
Congrats to Browny for yesterday's scan-I love seeing people move from here to the tri boards so may stalk you and Ducky over there to hear how things keep progressing
LC-hello lovely. How are you doing? I have everything crossed for you this cycle. Is it another fresh cycle?
Mac Girl-feel free to pop In and out of here and MTTC. There is no right or wrong time of when to move over and it's wherever you feel comfortable. Are you starting the drugs again this cycle or do you have to have a month off?
ST-you can't leave us hanging about yesterday's appointment. Fill us in!!!
Hello to any lurkers xx
15/01/2014 at 14:07
Hey KK! How lovely that you're meeting NG, I do miss seeing her around. Sorry you've had a weird cycle - they never stop feeling like a huge kick, even though after all this time it feels like we should be used to it by now. It sucks!
I hope that in the next few months lots more of us move on from here on to the tri boards. Ducky and Browny are paving the way!
So after the whole fiasco last week which felt like a total waste of time, and the consultant wasn't great and didn't make me feel relaxed or reassured at all, I was back there yesterday for bloods and an internal ultrasound. Not sure how many people will remember my first ultrasound that I had at my local hospital about 18 months ago - in fact I can't remember whether I posted much about it at all, that was back on Hitched which seems so long ago now! Anyway, that time I was in and out in about 5 minutes, and I was told nothing other than that the sonographer would send my results to the consultant. This time was SO different! The lady who did the scan was so friendly and chatty, really put me at ease immediately, and while she was performing the scan she had the screen pointing towards me and she talked through everything she was looking for and pointed out everything on the screen. I'll be honest, it all looked like grey fuzz to me, but she said she could see that I had a good thickness to my lining, no blockages, nothing there that shouldn't be, loads of follicles etc, so she said everything looked perfectly as it should. So that's all very reassuring! It does make me wonder why it still isn't happening for us, if there's nothing they can find wrong with either of us - but it is what it is. Just wish I had a nice holiday like Mauritius to look forward to in the meantime!!
15/01/2014 at 14:24
KK, we do indeed have real life meeting planned! Yay for internet weirdy friendships. I feel that kick in the guts each month, regardless of how remote the idea is!
St, things really are moving on for you. Glad the scan lady was more helpful and positive to you. When do you start proper??
AFM, I'm 2 weeks into super ovulation with iui. Basically a cheaply icsi! The injections have been ok although have to wake up really early on my days off as they need to be the same time each day. Got another scan tmw but on Monday I had 3 large follicles and my lining was 10.2. Looks like triggering tmw night with iui Saturday. However navy boy is deploying in 10 days so I'm going to be doing all the early stuff on my own again if we're successful.
Hugs to all xx
15/01/2014 at 14:28
Really pleased the US was bett this time St. All of the scans I had for the IUI were much more like you described whereas the one my gp arranged was exactly like your first one. Hopefully this is the start of fertility treating you nicely x
15/01/2014 at 14:34
NG-that is a fantastic result for IUI and I have everything crossed for you. Are they worried yet about multiples? Timing wise it isn't great with NB going away but at least he is around this week. How long is he away for? I will help distract you for an evening :)
15/01/2014 at 14:42
Hello ladies and may I start with saying how pleased I am for Browny, if you're seeing this I had no idea until I spotted your signature on a post yesterday, amazing news and I wish you all the very best, and that goes to all my fellow DTCers, please let 2014 be our year!
So the situation with me is we started IVF 13/12/13, and today I had my final scan after the stimulation drugs, I have 18 mature follicles, hopefully I might get a few more before egg collection on Friday, suddenly it all seems very real but we are delighted with the response I've had, and just hope that we get one that takes and I can follow in Duckys footsteps.
15/01/2014 at 14:48
Hi CL-that is a brilliant result for your first lot of drugs. When will they harvest them? Do you have a timescale after that for when you'll get them back? (forgive me if my terminology is wrong my brain is struggling to work today!)
15/01/2014 at 14:52
Very jealous of your meeting KK and NG! Hope you have fun!
ST glad your scan was better than last time. So happy things are starting for you!
NG - sounds like you're responding well. I have everything crossed for you!
CL - thank you so much lovely! Sounds like you are responding well also! I really hope this is it for you xxx
15/01/2014 at 14:53
No that's fine KK I'm the same. So once they're collected on Friday they will be mixed with H's sperm and hopefully they'll fertilise, I will get a daily call from the Embryologist telling me how the they are doing, ideally I'd like them to get to blastocyst stage (day 5) and I'll have them transferred back Wednesday next week. I'll then wait 2 weeks and do a pregnancy test around the 4th February.
15/01/2014 at 15:05
KK, he's going to be away about 10/12 weeks. Crap but at least he's here to donate his side of the bargain. I'm looking forward to our night!!
Cl, 18 is a good number. Have everything crossed you get a good number to blastocyst. The 2ww is going to deem like forever
Browny, have you relaxed after your scan? Does it seem more real now?
15/01/2014 at 15:25
NG - sort of. I'm calmer but still won't let myself think too far into the future yet. Loads of symptoms this time which is reassuring. Telling my mum and sister this weekend all being well which I'm nervous about! They don't know anything about our struggles or the MMC.
15/01/2014 at 15:51
Hello from a lurker (and very very occasional poster), hoping I can join in now and again. I have been lurking on the MD forum on and off for a while and really hope 2014 is the year for us all. Congratulations to all the ladies who have been blessed with a BFP.
KK - I have been TTC for 2 years and still feel like its a kick in the teeth every single month too. I cope the same way by having things to look forward to
ST - glad the scan was positive
NG - glad things are going well with the IUI
CL - what a great response to the treatment so far
Browny - congratulations, saw the post about your scan yesterday, such a worrying time but such good news! Hope you enjoy telling your mum and sister.
It sounds like everyone has a treatment plan going forward so fingers crossed for you all over the next few weeks and months.
AFM - I have been TTC for 2 years and have successfully fallen pregnant once only to miscarry at 12+2. I was heartbroken and found the loss incredibly difficult to deal with. I have endometriosis and have a laparascopy booked in next month to treat any endometriosis that has recurred over last few years and also to look into any other reasons why TTC has been so difficult. My consultant said he will place me on the IVF waiting list on day of laparascopy and predicts a 9 months wait. So although I am not going through IVF yet, I feel I belong more in DTC and hope you don't mind me joining you. I may post in MTTC too depending on how things go.
15/01/2014 at 16:06
Welcome Daisy Dot. You are very welcome here and post wherever you feel comfortable. Nobody wants to be here and we all wish for the smooth easy conception we are threatened with age 16 but find the reality is a bit different. Im sorry to hear about your MMC-I have no personal experience but know others have on here who will completely understand the pain you felt and possibly still feel. Good luck with the laparotomy-I hope it gives you a clean bill of health or an answer that is treatable (I know from my own experience that finding out nothing is wrong doesn't make it easier as I was just left asking "well if nothung's wrong why isn't it working?" for which there is no answer. Although I have an ivf appointments next month it is only with the nurse and I don't actually start anything until later in the year as there is a 6 month waiting list. Like you though, posting here feels 'right' and I can learn what is to come from those a little further ahead of me (I don't normally post as much but I'm not at work today and sat on the sofa feeling sorry fr myself!)
15/01/2014 at 16:22
Welcome DD, feel free to post where ever you feel most comfortable. Over the years I have found the ladies to be great support and really do come together when needed. I hope your laparotomy helps with your endo. I had a mc at 7 weeks following treatment last Easter and was completely devastated.
Nice meeting you.
KK, sending a big hug cos know wine is off the menu x
16/01/2014 at 04:47
KK - Always fab to look forward to a holiday, and Mauritius as well :) I think regardless of time you can things can still take you by surprise x
ST - Hurrah for a good scan! Here, they have a TV connected to the scan so we get to see whats going on each time and amazing how much you learn. The fuzz soon becomes recognisable lol. It is reaslly amazing when you see it on screen, it is wierd when sometime you want them to find something so you can at least 'fix' it though.
CL - I am just behind you with egg collection on Saturday! Not sure is we do things slightly differently here but I only started this round at the start of January? Not sure how many follicles I have at the mo, shall ask when I go today but the Dr did say I am responding well. How it all goes well on Friday and you get plenty to choose from to put back in!
DD - Welcome but sorry you have to be here! I too have endo and had a lap and dye test along with various other things, hopefully they will be able to have a good 'clear out' (sorry bad expression!) and will help you on your way. Hope it all goes well. We are here to support so please do post where ever you feel most comfortable.
NG - Keeping everything crossed for you!
AFM - Egg collection on IVF round 2 on Saturday! For some reason I feel more positive this time around but if it feels I know I will be heading for a bigger fall so trying to be calm about it all.
Instinct made me think round 1 was never going to work, so although completely gutted when it didnt work I was able to tell myself that I 'knew' this would happen. This time around I am feeling more positive, It is just a big mess of emotions lol
16/01/2014 at 10:24
So glad you're feeling positive LC. I have not allowed myself too many negative thoughts, I really believe in PMA being a big help. All the best for Saturday I hope you get loads!!! I'll post on here tomorrow and let you know how I get on. x
16/01/2014 at 10:26
I just wanted to say I'm still stalking you all and hope this thread is a positive one and 2014 is THE year for you all Xxx
16/01/2014 at 12:54
NG - Not sure when we actually start, we weren't given any sort of indication. Glad toi hear you're doing so well with yours though!
KK - Thanks lovely. Hope you enjoyed your day on the sofa yesterday!
CL - Sounds like you're doing great! Fantastic news! FX for tomorrow
Browny - It's so lovely to see your name on the first tri thread. Obviously I'll miss you around here, but I'm so pleased for you that you can move forward.
Hi DD and welcome aboard! This isn't the nicest of places to find yourself in and none of us want to be here, but I have to say without the support of fellow DTCers (and MTTCers before that) I would have totally lost the plot a long time ago. We've had to wait until reaching 3 years of TTC before the NHS would treat us because our investigations put us in the "unexplained" category. I'm only just starting in the getting the ball rolling process but I've been hanging around in DTC for a year or so now, so don't be put off if you're not having treatment yet. Just post wherever you feel comfortable. I'm so sorry about your MC, I've no experience there but can offer plenty of understanding about the frustrations of waiting around for appointments if that helps?!
LC - Ooh, heaps and heaps of good luck for Saturday and the days afterwards! Let's hope the positivity you've got going on will work some magic. It would be so lovely to see you get your BFP.
Ducky - You don't live here any more! Nice of you to pop in, I'm sure none of us would mind if you continue to do so now and again. I'll be stalking you and our other graduates a little bit I'm sure! I am loving your ticker by the way.
17/01/2014 at 19:11
Evening ladies. Hope the appointment went ok yesterday CL and good luck tomorrow LC. I'm off to a hen do in Brighton-should be on the train but they're all up the creek thanks to yet more rain so I'm grabbing dinner at home then going. Have good weekends all x
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