Posted by Mammoth
Sorry for the long post, but it has been a long journey. I have tried to cut it short, but it is hard.
I am 37. My husband and I were trying for 5.5 years. We tried on our own for two years, then sought help. It turned out I had endo and adeno.
IVF #1 cancelled – no follicles
IVF #2 – 5 follicles, 2 embryos transferred on day 3 = BFN
IVF #3 – 3 follicles, 2 embryos transferred on day 3 = BFP but it was a chemical :-(
The doc said that the embryos were slow developers – not a good sign. So it seems I had poor quality and poor quantity embryos. Our choices now were donor egg IVF, adoption or giving up.
We went down the donor egg route. I thought: one more try. Then, that's enough.
We chose Spain because donors are anonymous in Spain. We decided that anonymity could mean that more donors come forward and younger donors, too. The donor is matched to my blood type and physical looks.
The nature of IVF is that you can't be exactly sure ahead of time when the eggs will be ready, so we couldn't book any flights or accommodation, which meant the last couple of days were fairly frantic.
Thankfully, once we got to Spain, it was smooth sailing. The clinic met us at the airport and arranged a private car to where we were staying. The next morning, we were at the clinic. Despite being busy attending to the anonymous donor, we were greeted with sunny smiles and looked after very well.
We were told that they had collected 11 eggs from our donor - who was only 21 years old. The next day, we learnt that 7 eggs had fertilised into embryos.
We went off to explore Alicante, enjoying the sights - swimming in the sea, climbing up to the castle, snorkelling, enjoying the Spanish food.
5 days after egg collection, we had six embryos, all looking very good apparently. They selected one for transfer and we arranged for the other five to be frozen. The transfer was straightforward and easy. They wheeled me into a private room to rest for twenty minutes. Afterwards, I had a massage to help me relax. The clinic encouraged me to rest on the first day and then live normally.
I had felt none of my normal endo pains thanks to prostap the month before and month of the treatment cycle. It was a relief. I was also on estrogen patches, progesterone pessaries and prednisolone tablets, which I will take up until 12 weeks.
*Odd little ping in my lower back, like a fairy was pinging me with a tiny elastic band.
*waking up very hungry
*tiring more easily - going to sleep early or needing a siesta
*waking up in the night desperate for a pee and thirsty
*lucid dream about a baby boy we had adopted who was just like my husband
Clearview Digital. Pregnant 2-3 weeks!
Right now, I feel very positive and calm. I cried a little, but now I just feel grateful and like the world is finally how it was meant to be.
Added: Sept. 16, 2016