What the IVF?!

My sisters ... and friends ... and me.... are all a bit confused by what exactly is happening when, and why, for this IVF.

So I figured the best way to keep the interested individuals involved, and to record what happens for future reference this page is going to detail the whole process. (By the way, this does get VERY detailed as I use it to record what drugs I have taken, unless you are really interested you might as well stick to the normal posts, which are linked to in green text).

Got it? Good.
FET Dec 2012 (2nd FET sort of 5th IVF, I'm not really sure how you count this)
9th November: Womb scrape - lining completely clear/ almost non-existent with no nasties lurking.

12 November: Started a bunch of drugs -
Everol Patches - one on each thigh, change every two days
Progynova - Orally three times a day and 2 up there
Aspirin- one pill a day
Clexane injection once a day

19 November: Scan showed womb lining at 7mm. Started steroids (20mg a day)

20 November: Intralipids

23 November: Scan showed no growth

3 December: Transfer of one embryo grade 3BB

15 December: Positive test

18 December: Beta 3762

7 February: 12 week scan




IVF/ FET number 4 (certainties in black text, pink text equals approximate dates based on the last rounds):
Tuesday 24 Jan: Started Period

Thursday 26 Jan: Baseline scan - all clear

Friday 27 Jan: Start injections - 75 Menopur, 75 Gonal, Zomacton (Growth hormone), Dexamethason (Steriods).

Saturday 28 Jan: 75 Menopur, 75 Gonal, Dexamethason (Steriods).

Sunday 29 Jan: 75 Menopur, 75 Gonal, Zomacton (Growth hormone), Dexamethason

Monday 30 Jan: 75 Menopur, 75 Gonal, Dexamethason

Tuesday 31 Jan: 75 Menopur, 75 Gonal, Zomacton (Growth hormone), Dexamethason

Wed 1 Feb: Cetrotide, Dexamethason

Thursday 2 Feb: Cetrotide, 37.5 Gonal F, Dexamethason

Friday 3 Feb: Cetrotide, Pregnal (trigger shot), Dexamethason

Saturday 4 Feb: Cetrotide, Dexamethason

Sunday 5 Feb: Egg Collection

Friday 10 Feb: 2 Blastocysts frozen

Saturday 11 Feb: 3 Blastocysts frozen (5 in total)

Kept taking Norprolac, Cetrotide and Clexane until next period.

Thursday 16 Feb: Started period - stopped the drugs. (Phew)

Wednesday 29 Feb: Cycle day 14. Start taking Primulot.

Wednesday 7 March: Cycle day 21. Start sniffing Busereline.

Sunday 11 March: Cycle day 25. Stop taking Primulot.

Next period 14 March


Hysteroscopy on 16 March


Embryo Transfer 4 April


Test for Pregnancy: 18 April.

POSITIVE!!

No heartbeat at 8 weeks.

IVF number 3:

PROTOCOL: NOT A CLUE - I THINK ANTAGONIST BUT IT DOESN'T SAY THAT ON ANY LITERATURE I'VE GOT

Wednesday 19 Oct: Take last pill

Friday 21 Oct: Last day at work for 6 weeks

Saturday 22 Oct: Start period

Tuesday 25 Oct: First scan & blood test and start injections (Gonal F - 75iu, Menopur - 75, Letrozole - 5mg)


Wednesday 26 Oct: Gonal F - 75iu, Menopur - 75, Letrozole - 5mg, Zomacton


Thursday 27 Oct: Gonal F - 75iu, Menopur - 75, Letrozole - 5mg

Friday 28 Oct:  Scan & bloods, Gonal F - 75iu, Menopur - 75, Letrozole - 5mg, Zomacton

Saturday 29 Oct: Gonal F - 112.5iu, Menopur - 75, Letrozole - 5mg

Sunday 30 Oct: Scan & bloods, Gonal F - 112.5iu, Menopur - 75, Zomacton

Monday 31 Oct - Gonal F - 112.5iu, Menopur - 75

Tuesday 1 Nov - Scan & bloods, Gonal F - 150iu, Menopur - 75, Cetrotide - 0.25mg, Zomacton

Wednesday 2 Nov - Gonal F - 150iu, Menopur - 75, Cetrotide - 0.25mg

Thursday 3 Nov - Scan & bloods, Gonal F - 150iu, Menopur - 75, Cetrotide - 0.25mg, Zomacton

Friday 4 Nov - Pregnal, Cetrotide

Saturday 5 Nov - Cetrotide

Sunday 6 Nov - Egg collection (18 of them), Crinoline

Monday 7 Nov - Sunday 27 Nov: A melange of Crinoline (two suppositories a day), Norprolac (150mg a day), Fragmin x 0.2ml, Prognova (one pill a day)

Saturday 12  Nov: Embryo transfer - two grade 6BC blastocyst put back

Monday 28 Nov - official test day. Negative.

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IVF number 2

PROTOCOL: MID LUTEAL PROTOCOL WITH CONTRACEPTIVE PILL

Saturday 30 April: Start Buserelin injections (0.5mg)

Tuesday 3 May: Take final Microgynon pill

Friday 6 May: Start Period reduce Buserelin to 0.2mg

Monday 9 May: Baseline scan


Tuesday 10 May: Start Menopur (2 vials)

Friday 13 May: Blood test, reduce Menopur to 1.5 vials

Monday 16 May: Scan & Blood test. Reduce Menopur to 1 vial

Tuesday 17 May: Scan & Blood test. Menopur increased to 1.5 vials. Swollen stomach.

Wednesday 18 May: Scan & Blood test. Stopped Menopur

Thursday 19 - Monday 23 May: Scans and Bloods. No menopur, coasting whilst waiting for Oestrogen levels to drop.

Wednesday 25 May: Egg collection. 18 eggs retrieved and 14 fertilised.


14 June: Official, hospital sanctioned, test day. Fail.

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IVF number 1:

PROTOCOL: MID LUTEAL PROTOCOL WITH CONTRACEPTIVE PILL

Take the Pill (Microgynon) daily.

5th Feb (four days before finishing my pill packet) start injecting 0.5 mg of Buserelin daily. Buserelin inhibits the action of the ovaries.

Tuesday 8th Feb finish the pill. Continue the daily injections.

Friday 11th Feb (evening) - start period. First official day of the cycle Saturday.

Monday 14 Feb  - Called nurse to schedule scan. Reduce Buserelin to 0.2ml.

Tuesday 15 Feb (Cycle day 4) - Go in for a scan to ensure that there are no cysts. Take 2 injections daily Buserelin and 2 vials of Menopur (same for Wed & Thurs).

Friday 18 Feb (Cycle day 7) - Blood test. Continue Buserelin, reduce Menopur to 1.5 vials.

Saturday 19 Feb (Cycle day 8) - Blood test. Buserelin 0.2, Menopur 1.5 vials.

Monday 21 Feb (Cycle day 9) Scan & Blood test. Buserelin 0.2, Menopur 1.5 vials.

Tuesday 22 Feb (Cycle day 10) Blood test. Buserelin 0.2, Menopur 2 vials.

Wednesday 23 Feb (Cycle day 11) Scan & Blood test. Buserelin 0.2. Menopur 2 vials. Zomacton. Antibiotics.

Thursday 24 Feb (Cycle day 12) Blood test...

Friday 25 Feb (Cycle day 13) Scan & bloods. No menopur, just buserelin and the growth hormone.

Saturday 26 Feb (cycle day 14) Scan & bloods everything still growing nicely...

Monday 28 Feb (cycle day 16) - Egg Collection - 21 of the suckers!

Saturday 6 March (cycle day 21, embryo 5 days old) - Transferred one embryo

Sunday 7 March (cycle day 22, embryo 6 days old) -  Transferred a blastocyst

Tuesday 15 March (Cycle Day 31, 9 & 10 days after transfer) - Brown spotting.

Wednesday 16 March (Cycle Day 32, 10 & 11 days after transfer) - Heavy bleeding

Thursday 17 March (Cycle Day 33, 11 & 12 days after transfer) - More bleeding started progesterone injections.

Monday 21 March (Cycle Day 37, 15 & 16 days after transfer) - Blood test. Negative.