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Manchester Fertility Clinic

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

Debbie Falconer talked about this on Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga Festival Brighton

I am going to the Brighton Yoga Festival being held at St George’s Church in Kemp Town.

Really think this is an amazing idea and the fact that it’s free is even better!

I’ve booked myself onto two classes and I am seriously excited to be going!

I am once again giving Yoga a go! As you will know, I really do struggle with it and I hope that by going to a class held by a “proper professional” i.e. not someone in my gym who teaches multiple classes, that I will “get it” and fall in love.

And obviously I hope it goes some way to fixing my broken baby maker!

http://www.brightonyogafestival.org/

7 days of mindfulness

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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?

Daily Mindfulness

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?

BFN ritual

This is so well written and so insightful. The desperate pain is awful

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I wake up at about 5am with an awful sicky knot in the pit of my stomach. I try to keep calm, do some deep breathing and let DH sleep as long as possible – I know it’s going to be a long day and want him to be in oblivion for as long as possible. By about 6am I can’t wait anymore and wake him up and then we cling to each other for a while and tell each other we’re scared – he tells me he’ll always love me no matter what. By about 6.30am I work up the courage to pee into my specially appointed test day plastic cup, which was all washed out and left to dry the night before.

I dip two different brands of pregnancy test into the pot – making sure I face them away from me having learnt after test day number…

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This is great! Really interesting x

How bad is a laparoscopy?

So just how bad is a laparoscopy?

Well, emotionally harder and physically more painful then I expected.

I had my lap in March after my 6 week ectopic was discovered. Sadly for me, it was developmentally normal and it had a heartbeat. But given I am a hardened infertile of over 6 years now, I never expected to walk away from this with a live baby. To a certain extent that has help protect me from a lot of heartache.

The whole situation happened very fast and the docs wouldn’t let me leave the hospital, I sat in the hospital corridor blubing for 3 hours before my surgery.

Coming round from surgery was pretty hardcore, I felt very sick and vomited quite a lot. The sounds of the other gynae patients around me is pretty horrible. One woman, out of her head on morphine, told me she had written a number of episodes of Coronation Street…..in her head. Bizarre!!

Spent that night not feeling very well, as the nurses woke me every few hours to check I was ok. The pain started the next day. Trapped wind is awful and more painful then you think. Peppermint oil in water is great though and moving around was better then lying down, even if I did have to wheel my drip around with me! Peppermint tea is good too.

I went home the next day and mainly just felt very tired and delicate. Recovery is fairly quick even though they sign you off work for 2 weeks! I have minimal scaring and emotionally I’m ok. Although I’ve only stopped crying daily recently.

What can you do when your alternative is death? Got to count myself lucky, I soppose?

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This is good.

I’ve got REALLY deep frown lines. This is pretty good! I’ve noticed a real difference

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ICSI Babies

Hello!

This is a guest post written by my lovely friend Karen, who I met when I was in my early 20’s whilst at work. I thought she was “well cool” because she can speak, like, 10 languages and she’s a lawyer!!! She wrote this lovely story of hope all about her ICSI miracle babies.

This Easter weekend has been a bit of a special one for us. Easter Sunday was my gorgeous boy’s 6th birthday. He was born after our first round of ICSI back in 2007. And then Easter Monday was the two-year anniversary of our frozen embryos (from that same ICSI cycle) being transferred! And then today, the 22nd, my beautiful daughter is 15 months old!

When I hear other people’s stories, I know how very very lucky we were to have success first time after both ICSI and a frozen embryo cycle. In no small part it was definitely down to the very wonderful people at the Esperance Hospital’s Assisted Conception Unit. For us they couldn’t have been better and I would rate their embryologists as second to none.

But I think just being relaxed and positive was a huge contributor too. How I achieved that is anybody’s guess because I am one of the biggest stress monkeys you could ever wish to meet! But I always approached the process as just that – a process. It was something I didn’t have any specific control over until those little babies implanted themselves in my expectant womb. Everything else was down to other people, medicine, fate… And so I couldn’t control/change/blame myself for doing anything wrong if it didn’t happen. And I never entered the process thinking that it may not happen, either. Again, so strange for me because I always worry about what could have/would have/should have been.

If I could only tell all of you going through IVF how to achieve that calm, positive approach, I would bottle it and give it to you all for free. But it definitely seemed to work for us. I did dabble with a little acupuncture (more on that separately). In fact less than a year before we went for IVF I was a physical and emotional mess. The lovely people at Dragon acupuncture clinic in Brighton put me back together and maybe the soothing calming effect of acupuncture stood me in good stead.

Not even Hospitilisation for OHSS when I got pregnant with my son could break my positive spirit.

So keep the faith ladies! I’m no spring chicken at 42 now and definitely won’t be going through any more fertility treatment. But whatever your age or your history, I wish you all the very very best in your quest for a family.