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Advice on FET

Hello

After our first BFN using a fresh embryo we are in the fortunate position to have 6 embies in the freezer. Can anyone advise on what is involved with a FET? I'm assuming it's not as taxing on the body as a fresh cycle. I think the hospital are looking at starting in April/May once I have my blood test on Monday to confirm my HCG is below 5.

Still feeling quite raw from Monday's result but hoping to feel better in the coming days/weeks.

Thank you :) xxx

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Basically, you would start the medication protocol on the 2nd day of you period. And then about 6-10 days after they will have you come to do a vaginal scan to check your lining and if you have any follicle growth. Based on that they may or may not modify your medication. Then just before your transfer they will do another scan to ensure lining thickness. About five days before they will add in the progesterone medication. The day of transfer they check your progesterone levels and after that the transfer is done.

I think some have also done unmedicated fet, so that could be an option assuming your levels are ok without medication.

Best of luck on your transfer xx

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Thank you very much, that is a massive help. I'm trying to get myself clued up and back in control lol xxx

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I just did my frozen transfer last week, so it’s all pretty fresh in my mind. Lol

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Good luck for test day xxx

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Thank you xx

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Hi 👋 It depends on whether you’re doing a medicated or natural fet? I found the medicated really tough going because of side effects from the meds. I opted for natural modified fets on the next two. I still had to inject Lubion, and Heparin this time too, and use cyclogest but a natural cycle is much easier. Some don’t have any meds on their fet, not even the pessaries. Either way fets are generally easier on you as there’s no stimming and no EC 😊 xx

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Thank you! The hospital won't discuss anything until my beta is under 5 but have said they are really keen to move onto fet asap. Feel like I've been dropped a little by them just now but I'm probably being a little over sensitive this week too... Hope you're holding up OK xxx

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I’ve got af today and feeling quite rough with it but I’ll survive. Hopefully your beta will drop soon enough. We always feel better with a plan in place don’t we? xx

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It's a really tough week isn't it? I'm looking forward to feeling better and moving on. I hate not knowing what's happening, I'm defo a control freak lol.

It's funny when my AF came on Tuesday I was really relieved, I just wanted it out the way. My hubby was quite upset about it arriving though, think he was still hoping for a miracle!

I hope you feel better over the weekend.

xxx

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Hi, all my thoughts are with you as I have 5 frozen embryos waiting for me. We have our appointment in April to discuss our protocol. You are not alone Finger crossed 🤞. Take care 💖

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Thank you, it's so nice to get messages like this. Doesn't feel as scary!! xxx

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I failed first time with fresh embryo implanted but succeed in frozen embryo with nature cycle. I read with fresh embryo, your body hormone also changed due to IVF treatment. So it can cause possibility of fail implementation. Unfortunately, my embryo didn't continue to grow in week 8, but I think that has more to do with the embryo itself. I'd suggest talk to your doctor about pro vs. con on FET with nature cycle and during IVF. Good luck!

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Thank you :) xxx

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