Started trying in September 2007.
As we had no reason to think there was a problem we used the au naturelle method. Hadn’t even heard of temping or charting or anything remotely un-fun at this point. Really thought that shagging would do it. Ha!
After 6 months of no luck saw the GP who suggested clomid (on the basis of no ovulatory related problem diagnosis whatsoever). So we tried 2 rounds of clomid assisted natural conception sometime in 2008. Stopped due to very painful response to clomid resulting in a trip to A&E.
Referred to gynaecologist for more in depth tests. As this was on NHS it took forever to get an appointment. Eventually had a laparoscopy in 2009 and found some endometriosis. Gynae recommended our first IVF clinic.
July 2010 to June 2011 3 rounds of medicated IUI (75iu gonal f as clomid was a no-no). This took ages as I kept getting ovarian cysts which delayed treatment.
March 2012 to June 2015 we did a total of 5 IVF cycles (2 fresh cycles & 3 frozen cycles). Also during this time I had another laparoscopy, moved to the other side of the country & changed IVF clinic as a result of the house move, not issues with the clinic. The outcomes of all these IVF cycles were negative but here is a summary of what we did:
- IVF first fresh cycle: 5 Follicles, 4 Eggs, 3 Embryos. 2 transferred straight away, 1 frozen. None made it past day 3.
- IVF second fresh cycle: (OHSS) 25 Follicles, 24 Eggs, 22 Embryos. All frozen. None made it past day 3.
- 3 x frozen cycles (all done at clinic #2).
August 2015 found a new clinic (number 3!) Signed up for a 3 cycle mild IVF package.
October 2015 – cycle 1 – 16 eggs retrieved, 9 fertilised normally, four were frozen at day 3 (2x 8 cell grade 1 & 2x 7 cell grade 2). The rest didn’t make it.
December 2015 – cycle 2 – 13 eggs retrieved, 8 fertilised normally, four were frozen at day 3 (1x 8 cell grade 1, 1x 7 cell grade 1 & 2x 7 cell grade 2). The rest didn’t make it.
January 2016 – cycle 3 started & then cancelled after 5 scans due to poor response.
March 2016 – cycle 3 re-started – 8 eggs retrieved, 7 fertilised normally, 2 ‘expanding’ blastocysts grade 3BB were frozen on day 6.
June 2016 – hysteroscopy & commence FET