Yesterday, I saw a really interesting story on Sky News. Did you?
Debbie Falconer from Manchester Fertility talked about the new multi-cycle offering on Sky News.
Manchester Fertility Clinic is offering refunds for unsuccessful cycles for women under the age of 37, and for women over the age of 37, they are offering a multi-cycle option, thats IVF at a significantly cost.
Manchester Fertility clinic has teamed up with Access Fertility in order to facilitate this.
More info about Access Fertility here: www.accessfertility.co.uk
Here is the Manchester Fertility Story on their website http://www.manchesterfertility.com/ivf-refund–pre-pay-plans/
So how do I feel about this? I think its a pretty blooming good idea! Infertility is massively draining, both emotionally and financially, a scheme like this one has the potential to really ease the pressure on those having to go through IVF.
I do hope that more of the UK IVF clinics take up this type of scheme. If I had unlimited money, I’d keep having IVF over and over again.
So far I have spent near to £85K on fertility treatment and would love to keep going, sadly I dont have this sort of money to spare again and I’m still paying this off.
Anyone currently cycling with Manchester Fertility? Get in touch! I’d love to hear what you think.
Debbie Falconer talked about this on Sky News
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I have completed 7 days of mindfulness practice according to my Daily Mindfulness app.
Does anyone else practice mindfulness? What is your experience of it? What are the best bits?
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So here I am on a holiday I am not particularly enjoying, but that has given me a tonne of extra time to spend on various things, one of them is a daily mindfulness practice.
I’ve downloaded an app called “Mindfulness Daily”. Great app, sets reminders to practice through the day and also talks you through different practices e.g. Focusing on breath or an object.
I originally wanted to try out mindfulness as a way of coping with stress and slowing down, as my life is so incredibly hectic and I have a constant “babble” in my head.
I’ve been doing the mindfulness app 3 times a day as prompted. I really like the way it gets you to pause and does go quite some way to quieting a busy mind.
But I don’t feel it’s made any effect on my stress levels. The more I do the app the more I wonder to myself, am I missing the point?!
Mindfulness and meditation – I wish I “got” it but I do struggle to see the point, although I try really, really hard!
I will persevere. I’m hoping it will suddenly “click”. I need more stress busting tips! How do other people deal with stress?
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I am currently on the holiday I promised I would take once my ivf journey finished. My hubby and I haven’t had a holiday since our honeymoon which was the same year I was told that my only option for having a child would be adoption or donor eggs.
Well things didn’t quite turn out like that and I’ve had 4 rounds of ivf, 1 of which produced my miracle son and I’ve also had 2 miscarriages.
I promised myself that life could no longer be in limbo and it was time to move on.
So here I am, in Spain, on my holibobs. Bitter sweet really as I’d rather have a baby then a holiday. And I’m not enjoying this holiday all that much either if I’m honest.
But I am a little in love and obsessed with this! Coffee and a shot of baileys!! Beautiful.
Every cloud, eh?!
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This is me doing a castor oil pack!!
I’ve heard it good for scar tissue. I had an ectopic in February and although they didn’t remove my tube, I’m pretty certain it’s damaged and scarred. Also, I have a large cyst on my ovary, which I ruptured last month and wound up back in hospital! Doh!!!!
Hoping that this castor oil pack is helping my gynae issues!
I also find it really the feeling really comforting.
I have also been putting the castor oil on my eyelashes, as I’ve heard it makes them grow thicker, longer and fuller.
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My favourite thing to do every Saturday morning is the body attack class at my gym. It’s the most hardcore, energetic and fun class I have ever done and a sure fire way to lose weight.
I look like a red faced, sweaty beast when I do it but I have a huge smile on my face throughout the whole class.
I love it!
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Whilst in Paris, I stopped in at Galleries Lafeyette. THE most amazingly beautiful department store I’ve ever seen!!
Whilst there I picked up a loose leaf “tea wand”. It’s beautiful!
Simply fill with your loose leaf tea of choice and pop in cup of hot water. Twirl it around a bit = lovely cuppa herbal !
Here’s me drinking my Ayurevedic “harmony” tea!
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This week I have been very excited to start seeing a Zita West Accredited Acupunturist called Ian, who is based in Hove. Who knew there was one based in Hove!?
Whilst going through my case history and hearing myself talk about my diet and lifestyle, it sounded like I really shouldn’t have any trouble getting preggo. I don’t smoke or drink, I don’t eat crap food, I don’t drink caffeine as much as I would like to, I don’t do drugs and I take all the right supplements. I’m not stressed and I’m essentially happy.
So in reality, why isn’t it happening?
Maybe I should start blaming my hubby ?
Is there really anything more I can do? Or anything more I can restrict?
Whilst all around me my friends and colleagues announce their first babies, and then their second babies.
Infertility is like a silent scream, all day, everyday.
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Blustery, sunny, Sunday mornings. In the park, with Nancy and her amazing home made meringues!!!
Cobwebs blown away and feeling inspired!
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The second part of my ectopic story is that I needed to have a Methotrexate injection about 10 days after my laparoscopy.
The reason for that was because my hcg levels began to rise again.
That’s really hard. This hurt a lot and brought up some emotions. Obviously, all sad. Obviously, all desperate.
Methotrexate is a drug they give to chemo patients to stop cells multiplying, but it has applications for ectopics too. Some info here
They administer it via intramuscular injection into the top of your bum. The nurses that gave me my injection both wore black aprons when they gave it to me, as it’s some seriously harsh stuff!! This totally freaked me out.
All I wanted to do was draw a line under this whole sorry situation and things just kept getting worse!
After I had the injection I had a considerably amount of bleeding in my mouth and nasal passage, as it affects that tissue, but the worst was the crushing tiredness for weeks after.
I was also told to not ttc for 3 months due to the increased chance of birth defects.
Could this whole situation be any shitter?
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