Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Intralipids for IVF

Intralipids have been dangled over me as the cure for all our ills for a while.

They are essentially a drip of highly calorific fats (egg yolk and soya oil as far as I can find out - hence my doctor's description of it as like "getting an arm-full of mayonnaise" - I prefer it on chips but apparently that won't give the same result).

Intralipids were originally developed as a meal replacement. Somehow, someone discovered that this treatment seemed to inhibit the immune system. And this seems to be a good thing for women who have had multiple, unexplained, miscarriages or implantation-failiure.  I'm in the latter category.

I was supposed to have intralipids as part of the last round of IVF, but a last minute panic about the thickness of my womb lining and a wavering about whether to go ahead meant that I missed the chance.

This time I had my first dose on the 27th of March (cycle day 13, around about the time I should have ovulated, had I not been doing a Frozen Cycle).

I had my second dose, topping up after my positive pregnancy test, today.

I took some pictures.

First you get a needle shoved in your hand:

Then a tube feeding the liquid in is hooked up:

And this is what the magic liquid looks like (more the colour and consistency of milk than mayo):


As treatment goes it is really rather pleasant. Other than the initial sting of the needle you really don't feel a thing. Then you just sit there for two and a half hours. I was offered a cup of tea and a few biscuits by the nurse, bearing in mind that I am having a highly calorific liquid pumped intravenously into me, I did what any sane woman would do and accepted gratefully, chomping merrily on biscuits throughout the treatment.

I read my book, played a few games on my phone and left feeling absolutely no different than when I went in. I don't know whether this was the magic ingredient that made this IVF a success or not, but at a cost of around £300 it is certainly worth a punt.

As for me generally, I've still not had the slightest whiff of a pregnancy symptom.  The husband reckons I am a bit more tired than usual but frankly I'll use any excuse to allow myself an afternoon nap and being pregnant is a rather good one. Only a week to go before my first scan, and then - all going well - I might actually start to believe that I'm pregnant.



23 comments:

  1. The symptoms arrive like a house full of relatives. They can arrive all at once and make you wish they'd space out the family fun. You start out feeling like you need a nap and then around 6.5 weeks, you will start trying to arrange your desk at work so that you can lie under it with a blankie for an hour.

    Honestly, other than some busy uterus feeling, there's not much going on until your HCG starts to wreck delightful havoc. My thoughts are pinned on that scan and will wish you loads of lovely distraction until that day arrives.

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  2. Nap, nap, nap..... take advantage and "roll around" in it :) Never saw where you posted your beta #'s... I think as the #'s increase substantially, then the symptoms are more apt to start. I'm so excited for you !!

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  3. I had very little symptoms with my first pregnancy and then they just HIT...usually around 6ish weeks. I think I felt more from the progesterone injectiontions than anything else...just generally tired and sometimes a bit off in the tummy. Excited to hear about your scan in a week.
    kd

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  4. hope it does the trick! when i tried intralipids, i had no side effects either. the ivig, unfortunately, is a different story (and also sadly a much different price tag). but if it helps...

    I am SOOOO excited about your positive pregnancy test!!

    mo

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  5. "Getting an arm-full of mayonnaise" sounds funny - I am glad it worked out for you.

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  6. I had very few symptoms first round too. So exciting. I'm with you holding my breath for the scan.

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  7. I really hope that helps! That kinda gave me the chills seeing a white liquid rather than clear.

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  8. Wonderful that you get this option :)) I've heard great stories of success from using it :) Thinking of you and I’ve nominated you for a ‘One Lovely Blog’ Award via http://newyearmum.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/one-lovely-blog-award.html xoxo

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  9. Oh, my - the tiredness. I was OK for the first few weeks, and then I couldn't keep my eyes open beyond 7:30 pm. And the smells! I was never one for vomiting, but the smell of anything was awful...even soap!. That was around week 6, so don't go thinking you're going to skate here, lady!

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  10. I'm now 9 weeks and had almost no symptoms until about maybe 7 weeks except for some random cramping feelings uterus-wise. It weirded me out a bit but now I feel quite shit!
    Looking forward to the scan, good luck!

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  11. Fingers crossed for the scan.... Can't wait to see a pic of the little beanie(s)! Fingers crossed for you.

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  12. Good on you, W. Have a lie-down!

    Also, mmmm chiiiiips.

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  13. You had to mention chips, had you...
    I hope whatever made it work this time, keeps working until you take home your baby.

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  14. Stupid blogspot won't let me comment properly!
    Keep busy until the u/s - anything will do. Even sleep. :-) fingers crossed all is going perfectly in there.

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  15. I didn't feel pregnant at all till 7 weeks, and then started to feel very unwell from 8 weeks....so plenty of time for that yet.

    Good call on the biscuits - it would have been rude not to eat them

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  16. Sandy in Florida26 April 2012 at 18:29

    Enjoy these "symptom free" days, because once they start.... I had none, then I had carpal tunnel so bad I had to sleep with braces on my hands at night. Then horrible insomnia, so what to do, get on the computer right? Not when you have terrible carpal tunnel. Type II diabetes so I couldn't even pig out (which truly was a blessing), and something weird with my ligaments - I would hurt just kneeling. On the flip side, I was never nauseous, I took naps whenever I left like (just me, the fetus & the cat). The funny part is, afterward you forget all the bad and even think about another. So enjoy the days while they're good and hope the bad are mild. It's all an experience, so enjoy :)

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  17. Isn't science just amazing?! I, for one, am forever and eternally grateful for the advances that have allowed us to have babies. It's pretty awesome. I'm so glad that you are feeling well thus far!

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  18. I believe Tesco has the good Mayo on offer. Not good for the arteries though eh? Counting down til scan day.

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  19. It is so truly bizarre how they figure these things out, isn't it? Who knew. Go, mayo, go!!

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  20. It's most definitely worth a punt.

    I also agree with Misfit Mrs. Symptoms are a veeeery funny thing. They creep up so slowly that you don't think they're doing any creeping any at all. And then: wham! By which I do not mean the musical duo with questionable taste in hairstyles.

    (Though, I'll hope that you're one of those lucky women who spends no time at all in Greenville).

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  21. I'm having my intralipids next Friday, I hope it is my miracle as well! Hope this week goes quick. Good luck for scan. X

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