The Journey So Far

My IVF Journey

Me-29 years old, Troy- 30 years old.

  • Started taking the Pill (Logynon ED) in 2002, as a teenager- at 17 years old. Always had painful periods.
  • 2010- After many failed relationships, I fell in love with the boy who lived across the road from me. We moved in together 3 months later.
  • 2012- We decided we were both ready to start a family. I stopped taking the pill in June. In September, the frustration of not falling pregnant already caused me to try using OPK’s and also start charting and taking BBT’s.
  • Began Naturopathy in January, 2013.
  • After 8 months of trying, conceived naturally and received a positive HPT in February, 2013. EDD- November, 2013.
  • Miscarried in April 2013. Missed Miscarriage. No heartbeat on 9 week scan. Baby stopped developing at 6 weeks.
  • D&C performed on 12th o f April. 2013, just 2 weeks from my 28th birthday.
  • Results of miscarriage indicated no known causes.
  • Got engaged to my best friend on April 28th, 2013, my 28th birthday.
  •  Began Acupunture treatments in June, 2013.
  • August 2013- referred to fertility specialist- Dr David Molloy at Queensland Fertility Group
  • Diagnosed Stage 3+ Endometriosis via Laparoscopy Number 1
  • Discovered low egg count (AMH) of 4.2
  • Troy’s sperm analysis- good
  • Suggested by doctor to get moving, as low egg count suggests will approach menopause within 5 years
  • September 2013- Endometriosis removed via Laparoscopy Number 2- Resection of Endometriosis and Hysteroscopy
  • October 2013- Laparoscopy Number 3 to remove adhesions- post Endo removal
  • 1month of trying naturally after endometriosis removal before starting IVF
  • IVF Cycle 1- (December, 2013)

– Synarel Nasal Spray- CD 22- cycle before- started on 20/11/13 (1 spray in alternate nostrils- 12 hrs apart)

–  CD 4- 2/12/13- Started Gonal-F (FSH) injections- 300iu (morning)

– CD 11- 9/12/13- U/S to check follicles- 2 follicles on L ovary- developed well, none on R

– CD 12- 10/12/13- Trigger shot (Ovidrel) at 12:00pm

–  CD 12- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 13- 11/12/13- EPU- 1:00pm- 1 egg retrieved

– CD 14- 12/12/13- cycle cancelled- egg deformed & immature, unable to be fertilised

– Period commenced on 22/12/13- CD 24- 6 days early- spotting 2 days prior, intermittent bleeding- on and off- period finished on 29/12/13- total of 8 days.

  • IVF Cycle 2 (February, 2014)

– Period commenced pm- 25/1/14

– CD 1- 26/1/14- Started Gonal-F (FSH) injections-300iu (morning)

– CD 6-31/1/14- U/S to check follicles- 4/5 follicles on L ovary, 4/5 on right ovary- developing well. To commence Orgalultran injections-250ug- every night

– CD 6- 31/1/14- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 9- 3/2/14- U/S to check follicles- follicles ready for harvesting

– CD 9- 3/2/14- Trigger shot (Ovidrel) at 10pm

– CD 10- 4/2/14- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 11- 5/2/14- EPU- 12pm- 10 eggs retrieved

– CD 12- 6/2/14- EPU results- 5 eggs mature and fertilised using ICSI, 3 eggs (GBV)- 1 later matured and fertilised- total of 6 fertilised eggs

– Sperm problems identified- needed to use ICSI

– CD 12- 6/2/14- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 13- 7/2/14- 1 day 2, grade c, 2 cell embryo transferred- 9:30am

– CD 13- 7/2/14- Acupuncture Treatment prior to transfer

– CD 17- 12/2/14- Freezing results- none of leftover embryos made it to Blastocyst stage- discarded remaining embryos.  1 day 2, 2 cell, grade c embie frozen same time as first transfer.

– CD 27- 21/2/14- Beta HCG- Weak Positive- 24- Told to be cautiously optimistic

– CD 31- 25/2/14- Beta HCG- 128- Still low levels-Possible Ectopic\Miscarriage

– CD 38- 4/3/14- Beta HCG- 294- ultrasound unable to detect pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.

– CD 41- 7/3/14- Natural Miscarriage @ 6 wks

  • FET#1- June 2014

– Natural FET on CD 19- 20/6/14. Embryo thawed ok, but did not divide upon thawing.

– Progesterone suppositories, low dose aspirin & Pregnyl injections (2dpt, 5dpt)

– Beta HCG- 4/7/14- bfn

  • IVF cycle 3-  September, 2014

– Period commenced- 28/8/14

– CD 1- 28/8/14- Started Gonal-F (FSH) injections-300iu (morning)

– CD 6-2/9/14- U/S to check follicles- possibly 7/8 follicles altogether

– CD 6- 2/9/14- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 9- 5/9/14- U/S to check follicles- follicles need further growth, a little slower growing this time

– CD 12- 8/9/14- Trigger shot (Ovidrel) at 10pm

– CD 14-9/9/14- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 14- 10/9/14- EPU- 12pm- 7 eggs retrieved

– CD 15- 11/9/14- EPU results- only 4 eggs mature, 3 fertilised.

– Used ICSI again

– CD 16- 12/9/14- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 16- 12/9/14- 2 day 2, grade d, 4 cell embryos transferred- 9:30am

– CD 16- 12/9/14- Acupuncture Treatment prior to transfer

Freezing results- none of leftover embryos made it to Blastocyst stage- discarded embryos.

– CD 30- 26/9/14- Beta HCG- BFN

IVF cycle 4-  December, 2014

– Period commenced- 28/11/14

– CD 1- 28/11/14- Started Gonal-F (FSH) injections-300iu (morning)

– CD 6-3/12/14- U/S to check follicles- possibly 8-10 follicles altogether

– CD 6- 3/12/14- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 8- 5/12/14- U/S to check follicles- follicles looking good, another scan on 8/12 to confirm EPU

– CD 11- 8/12/14- Trigger shot (Ovidrel) at 10pm

– CD 12-09/12/14- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 13- 10/12/14- EPU- 12pm- only 5 eggs retrieved

– CD 14- 11/12/14- EPU results- only 3 eggs mature, 2 eggs later matured in lab, only 3/5 fertilised.

– Used ICSI again

– CD 14- 11/12/14- Acupuncture Treatment

– CD 15- 12/12/14- 2 day 2, 1 grade c and 1 grade d, 4 cell embryos transferred- 10:30am

– CD 15- 12/12/14- Acupuncture Treatment prior to transfer

Freezing results- none of leftover embryos made it to Blatocyst stage- discarded embryos.

– CD 30- 27/12/14- Beta HCG #1- positive- 532

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