6 eggs. 6.
15 follicles to 6 eggs.
How did I get less than last time? How did I respond so much better and get less eggs retrieved?
How is this such an unfair game?
Why is recovery on the maternity ward?
Why is that baby crying?
Why did the “wheel me to theatre” man” say - oh congratulations, you will have your baby in the same year as Meghan! Mate. I’m not even pregnant. Im fat from stimming.
Will my 6 all fertilise? All grow? Make it to day 3? To Blasto? Will I have SOMETHING to transfer this time?
We both cried at this one, sometimes this is how families are made, who cares how you get there, it's all about creating families regardless of who, how and however they come to be.
It was nice for my partner to watch this, one to get an idea of my work, and second to get an idea of why i get obsessed and literally cry harder than I ever have when you get your bfn.
It's made us more determined to try.
So this is worth a watch on Netflix
Fuck Yes!! 2❄❄ embryos to freeze possibly a 3rd tomorrow 🤞. When my fertility nurse called yesterday all she said was there keeping them in culture for 1 more day I didn't know numbers or anything. Today when she said we have good news there is 2 frozen i cried and cried😭. Last round i got 0 to freeze. I know there is still a long way. But today i am happy and so greatful. Thank you to everyone that prayed to who ever they beleive in. My inner circle you know who you are thank you for holding me up when i couldnt stand on my own. #ivfjourney#ivfsupport#solomumbychoice#dontgiveup#donorsperm#todayiamhappy#thankyou
‘Twas the night before Thursday, and all through the house, the cats were being crazy, and I was freaking out. The needles were ready, all laid out with care, in hopes that a baby soon would be there. At 7:15, the alarm it did chime, girl get your shit together, it’s here, TRIGGER TIME!
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NPR interviewing @donor_siblings on this morning's Weekend Edition. She has 46+ half siblings and is on a journey to meet them all! @npr discusses the lack of regulation and how Kianni's mother was told by the facility that the donor would only be available for up to 10-12 families, but now they're at 28 families...and counting!
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Big thanks to @heartandsoulprinting for letting me know this was out there!
Stims day 5 results.
Dr Google tells me Lots of confusing things but hopefully that I’m doing ok which is on par with the clinics very lengthy and comforting and explanatory and super informative TWO words dropped at the bottom of the email... “Responding well”.
Keep on keeping on with the same dose. Lost my own bet against myself 😂
Ultrasound and more bloods on Monday. Huzzah, bring on Wanda and another pair of eyes looking at my hoo hoo!
Need advice! So I’ve been temping since the beginning of this journey and this cycle my temp has been low and stayed about the same. I was hoping for a temp spike today as my IUI was yesterday and the trigger shot was administered on Tuesday night. If you swipe you’ll see what a normal cycle looks like for me. So maybe my thermometer is losing battery? I don’t see a battery icon. Something is definitely wrong with my thermometer right? My temps have never been so level.
9 eggs collected. I cried and.cried my qfg nurse came to see me twice in hospital as i was so upset. i wanted and needed more. But they were happy with the number. was more than last round. I have been very sick this time and in alot of pain. Went into.hospital at 7.45 and didnt come out till 3ish, doctor had to be called to see me. Its been awful. I am taking next few days to rest and recover privately with family and close friends. Thank you to each one of you for your messages today. Means alot to me. I am grateful i got the number i did though some arent so lucky #9eggs#eggretrieval#EPU#solomumbychoice#solomummajourney#ivfjourney#ivfsupport#donorsperm
What a wild ride. But now we are getting close, our house is filled with so many baby things and we are so close to meeting our baby. We went into this process so optimistic that the first round would be the round. I felt so defeated for so long when it wasn’t working for me. I felt like I was ‘wasting’ so much money. I got really mad at our first donor. I fully expected all of our pregnancy tests to be negative until the end of time. Then one was positive. I was such a skeptic the entire 13 weeks. I became a person that needed a Doppler so I could make sure we could still hear a heart beat. And now we are here. At 34 weeks 3 days and 1 year from our first attempt to make a baby. Looking back I wish I could have told myself it would happen, eventually. I couldn’t be more happy that we finally were successful and that we are both soon to be moms! #twomomsarebetterthanone#lesbian#lesbianttc#iuisuccess#iuijourney#iui#californiacryobank#donorsperm#ttc#ttcjourney#pregnant
🥚🙏EGG retrieval day🙏
( In ivf world EPU )
Not going to lie i am soo nervious, i hate going under anaesthetic, i get sooo scared. Alot of deep breathing will be happening. Whoever you all pray too please keep me in your prays today 🙏🙏 keep everything crossed 🤞🤞 Try to keep POSITIVE .. there is nothing i can do now. Thank you all for my beautiful messages the last 2 weeks. You have know idea how much it all means 💖💖💖 #EPU#eggpickup#eggretrieval#dontgiveup#donorsperm#ivfjourney#ivfsupport#solomumbychoice#solomummajourney
Stims day 4... all swell... no side effects... feeling fantastic.
LOLZ. Who am I kidding?
Headaches, mass fatigue, bruises and bloating. Yawn. Nothing I haven’t seen before but still annoying. First round bloods tomorrow.
💉 Rekovelle (12 units)
💉 Ovidrel (1 click)
💉 Orgalutran (250 somethings)
Rekovelle is a newby to me and apparently in the fertility world. Any other “users” out there?
As the day goes on I’m getting my hopes up that this IUI will be the one that works. I read my tarot and this card came up. This card is a good omen for couples hoping to have children. Now my hopes are thru the roof! I need to not get so excited so I’m not disappointed. Tomorrow morning is my IUI appt. I bought a whole pineapple to eat the day after in hopes of improving the stick. I’ve symptom checked every day of the entire TWW for the last four cycles so I need to tell myself there won’t be anything new in my google searches. It’s different for everyone! I need to carry on with my life and if it happens it happens. You feel me? #wewillbemoms
The trigger obviously worked. There’s my smiley face. Now to trust that the dewar will get here on time today and that the IUI scheduled for tomorrow morning goes smoothly. And THEN that the magic that is pregnancy happens!
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#asrm#asrm2018 breakdown!! Here‘s what I’ve gotten to share this year... _____________
🔺#stress and #ovarianreserve - it’s such an interesting and complicated story, I could discuss all day long BUT it boils down to - our #research suggests that #coping skills can mitigate the impacts of stress - so find your real #selfcare rituals!
🔺One of my patients sparked our research at @rmaofny on directed #donorsperm - here we found wide variation in practice patterns and attitudes across the country, and particularly that younger or #lgbt#doctors prioritize patient autonomy in choosing their donor and treatment plan
🔺It was so fun to mentor an #obgyn resident who wanted to use our FIT-KS fertility knowledge tool to investigate what internal medicine trainees know about fertility, and how we can fill in their knowledge gaps 🔺And this morning, we of the @asrmcongress Women’s Council were thrilled to host Dr. Nanette Santoro for a great lecture on #metoo in reproductive medicine
It’s impossible to summarize the research, networking and inspiration that can transpire in just a few days here! What have you enjoyed most, or still feel confused or curious about??
IUI scheduled for Thursday. Hopefully that 16mm egg grows some more. Or hopefully that 20mm egg is the only one I need. This will be the 5th IUI. Fingers crossed that it works. Check out my socks. Chickens and clocks. Am I the chicken running out of time? 🐓 ⏰🤷🏼♀️
My absolute FAV👏🏻OR👏🏻ITE thing is stupid advice. I used to hate it but now it just makes me laugh 😂 I also really enjoying taking the time to explain infertility, treatments and the adoption process to people so that we’re all a little more informed. Here’s some of our latest and greatest:
-Just have more sex
-Have you tried standing on your head?
-Microwaves make you infertile
-You have to make sure that your feet are always warm
-Have you tried not eating gluten?
-Eating goat testes will make you more fertile
-Listening to whale sounds during sex improves your chances of conceiving
-Get drunk and have sex
-Just do IVF
-Maybe you’re not meant to be parents
-Give up and get over it
(Okay so maybe the last two weren’t very funny 🤷🏼♀️)
Also, shoutout to the lady who sneeringly looked at my acne and asked me if I was buying evening primrose oil to clear up my skin. I dead pan told her that it was for improving the quality of my cervical mucus. She learned a valuable lesson about asking inappropriate questions that day (I hope). Comment your the worst advice you’ve been given so I can have a good laugh 😆
Ahhh NINE years ago!
Looking back I can’t believe that I did it. I kept the kids alive and myself semi sane. It is hard for me to even fathom that I made the choice to have children on my own at 22. Not only that but I ended up with twins. I went through so much darkness in order to find the light.
Infertility is such a horrible feeling. I went through so many medications, shots, procedures, and doctor appointments to get my babies. I did it alone, and looking back I don’t know how I did. It was so horrific. All the medications and everything else fueled my endometriosis. It was like putting gasoline on a fire. I was in so much pain. My ovaries became overstimulated from all the hormones that they became covered in cysts and made me feel like I was dying. Yet I kept going.
I don’t praise myself very often, but the 22 year old Laura was a brave badass and I am damn proud of her.
Current uterus status.
My night was like a Katy Perry song... I’m hot, now I’m cold, blankets on, and now off, I’m in bed, now I’m out, asleep and then not....
AF you wicked mysterious bitch. Welcome back. It’s CD1. Let round 2 of the IVF games begin. May the odds be ever in my favour!
Cuddles on the couch with Aunty Kate after attending ‘Time to Tell’, a seminar put on by VARTA (Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority). This was all about using donor sperm/eggs/surrogate and how/when to tell the child. Speakers included donor conceived children/adults telling their stories, donors sharing there experiences and parents of donor conceived children. The seminar reinforced my view and opinion that honesty is the best policy, waiting to tell a child they were donor conceived comes with many complications and only becomes harder as time goes by. Chloe will grow up knowing she came into this world through the help of a donor. She is 3months old and I have already told her, I will continue to tell her our story and will always be open and honest. I have nothing to hide and am proud of my decisions that lead me to this point. Chloe will grow up knowing that there are many different families and even though having a mum and a dad is the traditional combination it is just one way a family can look these days. We both will probably have to continually explain to people that there is no Dad in our family (at this point in time anyway) but there is an anonymous donor who is the biological father. And I am ok with this. I will continue to celebrate the donors kind act and be proud of our little family and our story. #VARTA#donorsperm#singlemum#life#conception#gratitude#family#story#baby#aunty#smile#happiness#love
Did you know that it has been estimated that roughly 30% of donors donate to more than one clinic? iDontity allows donors to link multiple donor IDs from various facilities so that ALL of the half-siblings can be connected through the app! 😱
Since regulation in this area is still incredibly lax, through donor participation, iDontity can help find and identify half-siblings that otherwise would have no knowledge that the other existed! 🤗
6 months after I was told by my fertility doctor that I could never conceived naturally because my Fallopian tubes were blocked, caused by severe #endometriosis my partner tells me he doesn’t want kids.
I was devastated. I mean! That whole point of surgery and IVF treatment was to get pregnant and have kids. But there he was, he changed his mind without letting me know.
I was caught between cancelling everything and using a donor sperm.
I felt like I had gone too far to give up. After 4 surgeries in less than 12 months, several HRT and other forms of treatment, weight gain, hair loss, the list! I wasn’t going to give up.
So I told my doctor my partner doesn’t want to go through #ivf anymore. I was made to see a counsellor then started to prepare for getting pregnant with a #donorsperm
Well, that one didn’t work out.
I just met the most amazing man on earth, too soon to tell but he’s very supportive.
I’m going to put #ivf on hold and get to know this man.
Being a single mom is hard, but being a single mum via #ivf is a whole different journey on its own.
#love despite #endometriosis#fight like a girl.