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Follow up after 3rd failed cycle

Just had our follow up apt after another failed icsi cycle. I’m not sure how to feel after it though.

It turns out that egg quality was very good (just not many of them this time). AMH good and even my husband’s sperm count and quality was ‘normal’ which surprised us both, seeing as that was the reason we were referred for IVF in the first place! The icsi process was normal with no difficulties with injecting the sperm.

We had to have a 2 day transfer because we only had 2 (out of 3) fertilised eggs & they didn’t see the point in waiting.

It all sounds like good news but just left me wondering what it was that was going so wrong. Surely after 3 attempts with all that going for us, we should now be pregnant. I’ve always had a trilaminar, nicely thick lining too but the only thing left is to think that implantation must be the issue.

I guess I’m just wishing for that crystal ball before we commit to yet more money and stress in this long journey 😕

Preparing ourselves for a 4th round in September and have decided (along with the consultant) to wait for 5days following egg collection no matter how many eggs are collected to see if that can give them any more information. To be honest, I think I could cope better if there was nothing to transfer than I could having to go through another failed 2week wait of hoping.

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I’m so sorry you have had 3 failed rounds. It’s good news that the eggs are good quality though! Good luck with your next round. Look after yourself xx

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Hi sorry to hear this. I don’t have much advice but our situation is similar. We’ve had two failed ivf cycles now. Only 2 embies, good quality and OH sperm is good. I also think it can only be implantation issue 🤷‍♀️ it’s a very frustrating process. I also think the failure before the 2ww would be no less upsetting up less stressful! Are you looking at any other tests? Are they able to change anything for cycle 4? We’re waiting for our follow up before cycle 3! I will be asking about taking ours to day 5 as well. Even with the risk of failure? X

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They’re upping the menopur and are giving me injectable progesterone as well as the pessaries. Fingers crossed for both of us! 🤞 x

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I had the highest dose Menopur my clinic will give. I wonder if other clinics offer different drug regimes. Good luck, I hope it works for you x

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I’d feel the same - I think it would be good to see how far the little embies progress before transfer. It’s tough coping with BFNs and losses, it’s a hard journey for sure. Sending you big hugs & wishing you all the best of luck for a successful next round 🤞🤞

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If hubbie’s sperm count/quality has gone to normal, are you going to actively try naturally as well? I’m keeping fingers crossed for one of those miracle natural pregnancies for you xx

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We will try but I keep quiet as to when it’s my ‘fertile’ time as it almost gives him safe fright with the stress 😂

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My hubbie was the same. The pressure was not good for him!

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