IVF over 40 success story

 

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You have come to the right place.  Im a success story and this blog details my journey.

I am 43 and the mother of a healthy beautiful sweet little 10 month old son. I was 41 when I started IVF and became pregnant and 42 when I gave birth.

I created this blog to offer  positive information about the IVF process to women over 35 after scouring the internet  myself desparately looking for success stories of women my age undergoing IVF treatments. I was nervous and afraid and really wanted some inspiration yet  I couldnt  find what i needed. So mysticmiss was created and here I am, 20 odd months down the track giving you living proof that IVF over 35 works and being a mum over 40 is most definately achievable.

If  you havent read any of my previous posts, please do.  They are filed under IVF process and were written in ‘real time’, as I was going through each step in the IVF process.  They offer a detailed run down of  my IVF journey and the things I did, for my physical  mental and emotional  wellbeing to help the process along.  They are written utterly from the heart, aimed to give an honest perspective of the journey.

 To share my story with women going through the same process or women thinking about starting  IVF who are searching for inspiration, who want to connect with a success story to help them find the courage to begin has been a truly uplifting experience. I thank all the readers who supported my journey, who offered kind loving words and encouraged me to continue to share my story.  To those of you who are still in the process, i send you my love. Try to keep positive and  keep visualising the outcome you want.   It can happen for you, dont give up, keep the good energies flowing.

I am living proof that becoming a mum on IVF over 40 is possible. I am proof that the  process can be smooth and straightforward and am proof  also that the  journey no matter how emotional and challenging, can be a beautiful one with a happy ending. 

I know that this is not always the case, I know there are women who experience a great many challenges, but when I began my journey and actually all the way through it,  I needed to hear about successes as well as the challenges. I NEEDED to read about womens positive experiences.  I wanted to read positive uplifting information.

So to all of you who have found  their way to this blog I send you my love and my best wishes for the adventure ahead. Keep your thoughts positive, acknowledge your fears but dont let them take over you and keep your heart open.

These I believe are keys to success in this journey.  To believe that you can and will be a mum, to have faith your process will work and to consistantly visualise the outcome you want, to see it in your minds eye clearly. This is the attitude to aspire to.  Sincere blessings to you all.

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IVF after 40 Step By Step Information

The step by step process of IVF

The miracle of ivf

The miracle of ivf

The tests, the ivf drugs, the reactions to the ivf drugs, the Doctors suggestions, the alternate therapies, the positive affirmations and meditations used, what happens on what days of the cycle, its all here. 

And its positive!  For those of you who have been feeling absolutely petrified to read information on the net for fear of it ‘bringing you down’  I hope my posts will give you the positive feeling you deserve and that is so essential for the IVF process to bring results. 

While I am not going to go in to too much detail here (I have written about it in depth in my posts) I want to assure you that the IVF process is NOT anywhere near as bad as you think it is.  Its true that each person experiences things differently, but from my personal IVF adventure, I found the process to be very straight forward  and not at all painful. It is really OK.  Really.  Relax! 

Yes it is challenging emotionally and it has absolutely no guarantees, but hey tell me one thing in life that has been this important to you that hasnt been emotionally challenging..  And on the guarantee side.. apart from toasters, refridgerators and cars what else in life has a guarantee?  

This is a journey we are taking because we want to be mothers.. and we are blessed to be living in a modern age where science has developed this amazing technique to allow us this extra try.. so its worth every bit of anxiousness, fear and any other emotion that may run through our veins in this process.

Our job in this process is to be as healthy as happy as relaxed and as positive as we possible can be throughout the treatment . To participate in the process with our full hearts and to keep our minds positive.  The rest is up to life. 

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Its essential to be as healthy, as relaxed and as positive as you possibly can..

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IVF at 41 – Relaxed Positive Determined

fruit of life - samanthacallahan.com

fruit of life - samanthacallahan.com

A quick update as I proceed to the second stage of my IVF treatment.  As you know my first IVF treatment was not successful.  Well it was successful in the sense that my body reacted wonderfully to the treatment, producing 13 eggs of which 9 were good enough for fetilization.  When injected with my husbands sperm all 9 were fertilized.  This meant we were blessed with the opportunity to have at least 2 tries for pregnancy with these eggs. 

The first attempt where 3 eggs were inserted was not successful.  It was initially quite devastating, however I have moved through that and found my positivity again. I realised its essential to be positive and to try to visualise a successful outcome.  Determination is also essential as is being calm and relaxed.

Easier said than done sometimes, but its a must.  Im using postive affirmations which I say daily when I wake up and any time throughout the day when I feel fear/worry/insecurity rising. Im also listening to a guided meditation cd 3 times a week and bought a beginners yoga dvd which I do 3 times a week. This combination is really doing the trick.  Since being determined, positive, calm and relaxed are qualitites we need to learn anyway if we are to be great parents, I figure NOW is a great time to start mastering these skills!!  Where our energy flows reality goes!!

I have now begun the process for the second attempt.  As I said I was blessed that my body created enough eggs to allow me at least one more egg transfer, before i need to go through the complete hormone treatment again. So at this stage although i am on hormones its not the whole needle story again.

On the first day of my period, I began taking progynova (2mg)  3 times a day after food. This is a female hormone used in IVF treatments to build up the lining of the uterus in preparation for my egg (embyro) transfer. In laymans terms, it helps develop ‘the wall’ where the egg attaches itself hence creating a pregnancy. 

I have an appointment in 12 days time where an ultrasound will be done to check the thickness of ‘the wall’.  Once its the right thickness, they will insert the eggs and then its a 12-15 day wait to see if I am pregnant.

Its a very straight forward process.  Ive set my cell phone to give me an alarm 3 times a day to remind me to take the pills and apart from that its life as usual.  The hormones dont seem to be having any adverse effects and the accupuncture is,  as usual helping me keep the emotions in balance.  Ill write again after the appointment with the doctor.  Fingers crossed for me.

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What a relief..no transforming into the wicked witch on IVF hormones.

No wicked witch appeared...what a relief

No wicked witch appeared...what a relief

With all the horror stories Id both heard and read about of how women react to the hormone treatment in IVF, I was absolutely terrified. My husband was too.

Im at the best of times, a sensitive, sometimes over emotional soul, so I assumed that on the IVF hormone treatment, Id instantly transform into the wicked witch from the west.   

How surprised we have been. There’s been no change in my mood at all. Its such a relief!!

Sure Im a little more tired than usual, though that could easily be caused by the early morning appointments for blood tests and ultrasounds that are apart of the process in this stage.

On the whole though, theres been no adverse reaction at all. I feel pretty normal. Its really fantastic!!

Tomorrow we have yet another blood test and ultrasound and after the doctor recieves these results, he believes he’ll probably be able to set the schedule for next step of the process, the procedure where they remove my eggs for fertilisation. 

Its amazing how smooth the process has been so far. Both my husband and I feel pretty relaxed and are enjoying the sweet connection created by the morning ritual of him giving me the hormone needles. He was very nervous about doing this, but now sees its really quite easy. We didnt think it would be such a soft and gentle experience. 

My chinese doctor, whom I have visited weekly for accupuncture treatments during this whole adventure has told me she’d like me to have a treatment on the day they take the eggs out and on the day they put them back in, she wants me to have a treatment both before and after the process.

She is such a gem. I call her my emotional wellbeing angel and I couldnt imagine going through the IVF treatment without her. She has offered me a space to share any fears and has treated me according to these. With much of my fear now melted away, she simply continues to ensure my chi(energy) is flowing freely hence helping my body to best deal with the increase of hormones and prepare for pregnancy.

Blessings to her, to my doctor and to the universe for the support I really feel I am recieving.  

Until next time,

much love

mysticmiss

IVF – Nasal sprays, daily needles & a fabulous sense of excitement

Ok we are doing it !!  No more procrastinating, no more questions..

Ive  been a witch from the darkest village this past weeks as I come to terms with the deep intense, never leaving me for a moment fear that has taken up residence in my heart. 

I cant put my finger on what it is I am so afraid of.. fear of failure, fear of motherhood, or just plain and simple fear of the unknown! 

My ’emotional wellbeing angel’ (my delightful accupuncturist) suggests its probably all of the above AND says its completely natural. ‘Be gentle with yourself and accept this is how you feel… dont keep trying to fight it or dig too much to pin point why’   were her wise and loving words of wisdom. 

Last night we went to the ‘Professor of Sperm’ to sign all the IVF documents and get a run down of how the process is all going to go. To our surprise, as it was the first day of my period, he said ‘ok lets rock and roll!!!’  

He gave me the nasal spray Syneral with instructions to start shooting it up each of my nostrils from now on twice a day morning and night, 12 hours apart and left his office with prescriptions for Bravelle and Gonel F and instructions to return on Friday to learn how to inject these. 

We were stunned. Wow gosh.. we are doing it !!! Thats it,  we are on the horse, no more procrastinating. It felt good. We were filled with a sense of excitement and ironically, a lightness of emotions that we have both not felt for months. So much of the fear just seemed to melt away. 

We are officially in the IVF process, we are trying a new way to have a baby.. and it feels… well.. great!!

The ‘Professor of Sperm’ says.. Try this Before IVF

 

So where were we… oh yes..

‘The Womb X-Ray’  (HSG)   

The ‘professor of sperm’  has reccomended that BEFORE  we start with IVF that I get a womb x-ray to make sure my womb, tubes and god knows what other reproductive pathways are clean and clear. 

If there is a blockage of any sorts, it could well be one of the things preventing us conceiving naturally as sperm may not be able to get  where it needs to be.

It’s apparently not uncommon for women to have minor blockages and  this test can detect them. Interestingly, the Dr carrying out the test told me that the very process of procedure can often be helpful in clearing the pathways as well.   

The procedure needs to  be done in the time frame between when you have stopped bleeding and your ovulation day….. AND  you are not permitted to have sex in this time

A quick re cap of that  – the first day of your period is day 1 of your cycle, so the test ideally wants to be done any day between day 5 – 10 of your cycle.  I think its a good idea to book the x-ray appointment in advance so you are booked in for 2 -3 days after you have stopped bleeding.

By being organised, its all out of the way and you are then free to have copious amounts of sex to try and get those little swimmers up where they are meant to be and waiting patiently to meet their match, come ovulation time!!

And hows this for a bit of positive feedback.. the Dr who performed my x-ray said that in the cases where ovulation and sperm counts/movements etc are healthy and normal in a couple  but conceiving has not been successful..  40% of those women fall pregnant after this procedure.  Ok I am not in that catagory, we  are part of the ‘problem sperm gang’,  but still it was nice to hear.

Onto the procedure.. I had mine done in the x-ray dept and It took about 10 minutes. The appointment was at 7.30am and I was told to have a light breakfast. It was a little invasive. Legs spread, the Dr put a plastic device inside me to open things up.  It reminded me of the device used when having a pap smear to open things up – the cold metal thing. Ok so this was a little uncomfortable. Next, the tube, like a drip, is put inside you. This is how the dye will be filtered in.  Inserting this was also a little uncomfortable, but not too bad though.  

When the dye/substance was filtered in I felt a  very strong pain. Like an incredibly strong period cramp suddenly coming. It was a bit of a shock, to be honest, I didnt think it would hurt that much.  It only lasted perhaps 40 – 60 seconds though and was then all over.  I did feel quite tender throughout the rest of the day.

I  got my results within the hour. All is clean and clear. The Dr said there was a minor blockage, hence the strong pain, but that the procedure cleared it and all is now fine… And that was that.  

He suggested we have sex as many times as we can in the next days running up to my ovulation to give ourselves a chance of conceiving now I am blockage free. So we will see.. I have an appointment with Prof. Sperm in the next few days as he wants to see the results and we will go from there.

Link to article on HSG X-Ray:http://www.ivf-infertility.com/infertility/investigations/female/hsg.php 

Please remember I am not a Doctor, nor even an authority on this subject. My language/explanations are relatively informal and my explanations may not be completely accurate. It is important that you do your own research and to always consult with your Doctor for clarification.

The purpose of this and all my posts on IVF and my road to pregnancy is simply to share my experiences  with others who may be in a same or similar situation. 

I hope this has been some help. Your feedback, thoughts, feelings, ideas are all so welcome. I look froward to hearing from you.

Until next time

mysticmiss