Hello All -
A little bit about myself : - we've been TTC for just over 5 years and started our investigations 2.5 years ago.
After being given incorrect blood results (my GP's receptionist told me everything was normal, and no further investigations were needed), it was only 7 months later during routine smear test that the practise nurse advised me that my bloods weren't normal, and I should've been referred to the hospital.
Unfortunately by this point I was 36 and my local health trust only offers IVF for those 35years and under. Following a subsequest move to a different county, to have funding rules change during our move, and then another move again, we finally found ourselves in an area that would treat women under 40 one cycle of IVF.
Following further investigations (neither of the previous x2 healthcare authorities investigated my health other than blood tests) I've since undergone a small operation and been diagnosed with fibroids, blocked tubes, low ovarian reserve and had a hard cyst (thank goodness it was benign) removed from ovary.
We started x1 cycle of IVF in Sept 2014, but I was a poor responder (only x1 follicle) - I was devasted!!! I've been doing all the advice you could possibly imagine for years - DHEA (not overused as it can be dangerous) / daily avocadoes / Bcomplex / D1 / folic acid / bee propalis / royal jelly / maca root / omega 3/6/9 / castor oil packs / exercise 30mins a day / acupuncture ..... the list continues to only discover my cycle, which we'd waited years for had to be cancelled and I may not be a candidate for IVF..... After a few weeks break, and learning it's quite common to have a dominant follicle, I started again last week. This time on a long protocol, with different drugs. I remain positive, but realistic.
I hope to offer support and find inspiration to and from others as we continue our journey. And am so pleased I found this site as I've only recently found the strength to share my journey and open up.
I turned 39 Sept 2014 so I feel this is a last chance saloon for my husband and I. (I only found Mr Perfect 6years ago)
The hospital I am with do not offer egg donor programmes, we feel this will be our next step if IVF doesnt work for us - but we'll wait and see.......
I must add, my hospital is brilliant as are all the staff.
As I said, despite the journey, I remain positive and hopeful. Sending love and luck to all XXXXXXX