I thought I'd introduce myself! I'm based in Bolton (near Manchester) in the UK aged 24. DP and I have been TTC for nearly 5 years. My concerns a little over a year into TTC were pretty much dismissed by my GP (I think because of my age at the time). It took a long time to gear myself up after BFN after BFN for the next few years to make another appointment (this time with a different doctor) and was immediately referred for infertility testing.
After the long process of testing (as a lot of you will know) I was finally diagnosed with Hydrosalpinx and blocked tubes, the left side especially large and swollen. Our only way to conceive would be through IVF. I then had to have a lap and dye in October 2015 with removal of either just the left or both fallopian tubes. The results were that I had extensive adhesions and the left tube was so swollen it had attached to the left ovary and all of the organs surrounding it, and the cherry on top was that the right side was definitely blocked too. They were unable to remove the tubes with the laproscopy and needed a laparotomy. In January 2016 I had a bilateral salpingectomy and adhesyolisis. Luckily the surgeon was able to remove them without damaging/needing to remove the left ovary or harm my bowel.
After surgery have were referred for NHS funded IVF, in Bolton you receive one funded treatment. We have been referred to Writington Wigan & Leigh's fertility clinic. So at the moment we are waiting for our first appointment. I have a friend who has been through IVF at St. Mary's in Manchester, she lives in an area where you are entitled to the full three treatments, she was successful on the 2nd cycle. Although her situation was different to mine and I know I should be tackling things one thing at a time, but it's hard not to think about every eventuality, what to do if it doesn't work first time and how to afford subsequent treatments. It all just feels so out of reach.
I would really appreciate any advice about the whole process, what to expect and any tips to cope with the emotional side of things because I am struggling. Also if anyone is in the same boat I would be so happy to share experiences with you because it's quite lonely and seeming like EVERYONE else is pregnant except me.
Anyway, enough whining!! Thank you in advance to anyone who replies, not that I'm expecting any!