I disappeared for a while after my last post (in March) because a) I’ve been doing a lot of waiting, and b) things are not going great. I’m going to do this update in 2 posts because otherwise it’ll be too long!
So… when I saw the Consultant at ACU back in January he gave me a list of things that I need to do before we could go ahead:
1) Get the all clear from my GP and the perinatal mental health team – [tick]
2) Have the mandatory sessions for implications counselling (because I’m using donor sperm) and the Welfare of the Child Assessment – [tick]
3) Get my BMI under 30 – [in SLOW progress]
4) Have a hysteroscopy to check for polyps and investigate the health of my womb since my lining is thin – [NIGHTMARE!!!]
The first 2 went without a hitch, but the last two…
I had a great appointment with my GP last Friday morning.
The fertility clinic at the NHS ACU had said they’d need a letter of support from my GP/mental health team as part of the “welfare of the child assessment” so I went to speak to my GP about it. Continue reading
At the end of last week I had not one but two fertility clinic visits, at two different clinics. On the one hand things went “well” – I was happy with the doctors I saw and their explanations of their findings – but on the other hand the outcome of the visits put my plans not on pause, but in slow mo’. Continue reading
Happy happy happy!!! I had a HyCoSy and Aquascan today and I have a mature follicle! A nice juicy 19.5mm on CD12. This means that despite my periods still only lasting part of a day, it looks like ovulation has returned! And my tubes are clear! Yay!!!! ☺😊☺😊
On another, not so great, note… They found an endometiral polyp/adhesion though so that needs checking out and removing… so I doubt I’ll be doing my first IUI in Feb as I’d hoped… but that’s OK. If need be it gives me more time to save up and lose a bit more weight before officially TTC.
And when the time comes I may actually be able to try unmedicated cycles (if my endometrium thickness improves… I have a mature follicle but my uterine lining is thinner than “normal” and I think I have a short Luteal phase). I’ve had another set of positive readings on the OPKs this week and the scan confirmed that the test seems to be accurate so fingers crossed my cycle gets regular again.
Anyhoo…. I’d better not get ahead of myself… Let’s see how the consultation at ACU goes tomorrow…
I really like the atmosphere at the private Harley Street clinic (a.k.a “The Baby Making Place” or TBMP) I’ve been to so far however, it’s pricey and it’s not really conveniently located from my office. Since I’m going for stimulated cycles I’m going to need monitoring via ultrasound scans and inevitably some of these will fall on work days. Because of this I think it is more practical to chose a clinic that’s nearer to work.
There’s a big NHS hospital very close to my office (which also happens to be the hospital where I was born!!) and they have an Assisted Conception Unit (ACU). Their prices are lower than TBMP – on the procedural side it’s not a massive difference per treatment, but after a few cycles the significance of that “small” amount increases dramatically.
First of all let me wish all my readers a happy. healthy, and prosperous 2016! This is going to be a big year for me and I’m so excited (and a little bit scared!)
Anyhoo – I’ve taken quite a long break from the blog over the pre-Christmas, Christmas and New Year period. I went on my much anticipated trip to México and Florida and it was AWESOME 🙂 This was (hopefully) my “last hurrah” as a childless person so I made the most of the sun, clubs and tequila in Playa del Carmen and Canún.