Monday, September 27, 2010

Here We Go Again - IVF Attempt Number 2

I was 36 years old for IVF attempt number 1. I am now 37 years old for IVF attempt number 2 (big sigh). Anyhow, no use moaning, started IVF treatment today with a simple injection of Decapeptyl. The nurse came by to give me my shot, as I still don't care to stab myself. Like last time, I'll have the daily injections for 2 weeks. Then I will have my blood test and consultation on the 13 October and start with the Gonal F injections.

I'm still taking my vitamins, eating normally, and getting daily back massages from a shiatsu massage seat with remote control I got for my b-day. Getting older is not so fun, but getting a cool gift sure helps. I love deep tissue massages and this massage seat is no sissy, it really gets into my back with 2 rolling balls that goes up and down along my back. It's heavenly!

I'll be crossing my fingers and toes, hoping and praying and focusing on positive and zen thoughts. With all of this, perhaps I will have a bun in the oven by November. Gotta stay positive!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

IVF Round 2 - Starting 27 September 2010

Had my consultation with the doctor yesterday and I will start IVF treatment on 27 September 2010. For this 2nd attempt, they will use a technique called ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), in which they will inject the sperm into the egg. Since we didn't form any embryos from our 1st attempt, this is the new game plan.

In France, the government covers the cost of 4 IVF cycles. Since we couldn't do the transfer from the 1st attempt, it is not considered a full cycle, therefore we still have our 4 tries intact, which is good news for us. I've been singing the praises of the healthcare system in France and it is very good and generous, however we do pay very very high taxes in this country. Although we don't directly pay for our IVF treatment, we do indirectly pay for this through our taxes. Unfortunately, nothing is free in life.

I asked the doctor if my hubby should be taking anything, like vitamins, to help the quality of his sperm. She said that a new product has come out this week called "Conceptio Homme". Apparently it's a mix of different types of vitamins and minerals. Hopefully, this will help his boys get active and interested in my eggs.

Well, I'm ready for round 2. I'm no longer a newbie, so I'm ready for the daily injections, bloating, sore breasts, etc. Bring it on!