Hello everyone....I wrote on here 3 months ago when we were just at the start of exploring IVF, our situation is infertility/v low sperm count in my partner, he has stored frozen samples from a previous attempt at IVF with a previous partner (although they split before starting any treatment) so we've always known the situation.
We had our first appointment 4 months ago at St Mary's in Paddington, and since then had various follow up appointments (all so far apart, if only we could do private!) both underwent the various tests, bloods, semen analysis (even though we know the outcome, so what has been the point in making us do this?!) ultrasounds, HSG's, I came back 100% clear in terms of reproductive health which was wonderful, however diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, which I've been on medication (Levothyroxine, 25mg) for about 6 weeks now. Our Clinic also told us my BMI is too high (which I knew) so I have been working on getting that down along with my TH levels as we have been told we can't be referred to the next stage until this is all sorted.
Despite the fact I am only 34 we are only entitled to one round fresh and one round frozen free treatment, and this would have to be using ICSI, disappointed as I researched and most people get up to 3 IVF rounds
: ( guess it's a postcode lottery thing?!
At our last appointment despite knowing our situation for the past few months my husband has been asked to go back to produce yet another semen sample, and on top of this has been asked to get a report done on the quality of his frozen sperm as now this may apparently not be good enough quality to be referred?! I was so upset when I heard this, he also suggested we considered using a Sperm donor, very upsetting for my husband, it was all handled very badly.
We have our next appointment on Sept 18th when I will be weighed, have my thyroid levels checked and we will have the report the Consultant wants on the semen analysis....so we are just hoping we will be able to move forward, I wondered if anyone has any advice or experience similar? Has anyone been referred using frozen samples? Does anyone know anything about success rates??
Feel like it's such a fight to even get referred, let alone start treatments etc?!