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Treatment plan IVF round 2

So I had my treatment plan today for round 2 ! Lots of changes to the last cycle which I didn't expect. Firstly I have to have a saline solution scan at the end of the month to check to see if my fibroid is affecting implantation !! Fingers crossed it's not ! In the past it's not been an issue. I think it's just to cover every area.

This time I'm no longer on the short protocol but will now be doing the long protocol. I have a high AMH so will be monitored carefully so I don't over stimulate.

A bit nervous because last time I ended up with 3 good embryos on the short protocol. I'm hoping it'l be the same with the long ! What is everyone's experience with long protocol ?

Does it create more eggs ? Or more healthy eggs?

Also going to book the endometrial scratch ' I'm doing everything this time round !! Cycle will begin approx mid January ❤️🙌🏼 come on 2018 be kind to us !!! Xxx

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Sorry I don't really know much about the difference between long and short protocol. I'm sure the professionals will have good reason for the change though 🙂

Just wanted to wish you luck! Hope 2018 will be your year 😘 Xxx

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Hi ICSIBaby1986. Well, I would hope that you will achieve a higher egg collection, so fingers crossed.. I’m sure you will know all about the endo. scratch, but I will go through the basics anyhow for you. The lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is gently ’scratched’ using a thin catheter (a fine, flexible, sterile, plastic tube) which is passed through the cervix.

This is often offered to women who have had two unsuccessful IVF cycles, but can be offered during any cycle, depending upon your consultant’s recommendations. New research and evidence suggests that scratching the uterine lining causes a ‘repair reaction’ which may increase embryo implantation rates. There have also been studies that show it also promotes uterine stem cells to develop. More research is underway to understand exactly how this works. It is usually done on day 21 of a treatment cycle, but if your periods are irregular, your consultant will advise on the best time for the procedure to be carried out. You must make sure that you have protected sex for one month prior to the treatment, to ensure that you are not pregnant. The procedure should not be too painful, but you may experience a little discomfort. It is much the same as having embryo transfer, and is often followed by slight bleeding afterwards. You will most probably be prescribed a course of antibiotics to take afterwards, to ensure you don’t get any infection. It is quite safe to take some paracetamol, should you feel any discomfort afterwards. I’m sure you will be fine, and I do hope it all goes OK for 2018. Diane

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Good luck with your 2nd go. I have no experience yet so can't advise, but we have the go ahead to start our first cycle in January! We're on the long protocol but I have an AMH is 15.1 which falls into the 'low' category but is apparently fine for my age (35). It's all so overwhelming isn't it?! xx

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Best of luck! Let us know how you get on xxx

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