Happy 40th, IVF

Happy 40th, IVF and Louise Brown. Louise: Your mum was one hell of a woman, and I'm glad you got to grow up knowing how much she did to have you become a part of her life. Because of her determination, we have the strength to continue to believe in our dreams. And to those … Continue reading Happy 40th, IVF

Frozen (the non-Disney version)

I'm psyching myself up for my next FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) in August and, of course, have been frantically consulting my doc (and Dr Google) on the odds are and how to better them). Of course, the stock answer from the former is consistently "zilch", but I thought I would share what I've found online … Continue reading Frozen (the non-Disney version)

Read: IVF Failure Is Devastating And More Common Than You Think

This piece by clinical psychologist Elizabeth Merill got my attention today. I feel her pain acutely. You go into IVF brimming with hope. You do all the research and most times, you tightly grip on to the positive odds. Even if - at the back of your mind - you realise that this may not work, that … Continue reading Read: IVF Failure Is Devastating And More Common Than You Think

Check out: Infertility Illustrated

"Infertility is mostly sad. There are moments that you sort of have to laugh or appreciate the ridiculousness of a situation, but at the end of the day, infertility is awful." - Christine McDonough, Infertility Illustrated. Monday. T-10 (probably) to shots and a bit of a mixed-up mess, which has made it a little hard … Continue reading Check out: Infertility Illustrated

Groovy, baby

Ok, so I've decided to embrace positivity and rainbow-farting unicorns etc and, for your (my) entertainment, put together a list of five fun (and science-backed) IVF facts: Move it, baby: Fertilisation rates are apparently higher for eggs subjected to music. According to a 2013 study done at the Institut Marques fertility Clinique in Barcelona, fertilisation rates of embryos subjected … Continue reading Groovy, baby

Hard habits to break

Back in the home zone, and T-15 to the start of the cycle. But I'm struggling with a couple of things - cutting down on coffee, for one, and sugar, for another, plus a long list of other things I had a much easier time leaving go of in previous cycles. I'm not sure why … Continue reading Hard habits to break

News: Hope on ice

How amazing for them, and what a hopeful story. Can't figure out how to elegantly share articles using WordPress (all guidance/tips welcomed), but here's the link and the text. Woman Gives Birth Using Donated Embryo Frozen for 13 Years By ALLISON SCHONTER - April 9, 2018 A woman in Georgia gave birth to a “teenage” baby after … Continue reading News: Hope on ice