Laura’s story: Third time lucky with the three cycle package
Posted on 16.1.15
Treatment failure is devastating for anyone going through IVF, but as LWC patient Laura Davies explains, disappointment in a first cycle may not mean disappointment in the next. Read her story here.
"After a year and a half of trying to conceive naturally, with fertility test for both me and my husband, and through taking Clomid to help ovulation, I decided to call LWC Wales following a recommendation from a family friend.
Until then we had had a frustrating and worrying time, but I instantly relaxed when the consultant told us we had a good chance of a successful pregnancy. We chose to proceed with the three cycle IVF package and I had my first egg collection in July 2011, when 10 eggs were collected.
Sadly, none of them fertilised and, even though we had discussed the likelihood of success at a first attempt, I was still devastated.
In September I had my second egg collection and, following fertilisation with ICSI, 11 of my 13 eggs fertilised - and all of high grade. A single blastocyst was later transferred. But again, it was bad news. It's only now that my husband has told how my personality changed during this time.
My spirits rose with the knowledge that I had six good quality blastocysts frozen.
So we decided to take a break and enjoy that Christmas wth friends and family. But as soon as New Year 2012 came my spirits rose with the knowledge that I had six good quality blastocysts frozen, and that each transfer would be easier on my body.
In March one of the embryos was thawed and transferred, but I felt sure that this attempt had not worked. My family were going out to celebrate my dad's birthday, so I decided to join the fun. I even took the pregnancy test a day early, and to my surprise it was positive. It took my husband 20 minutes of staring at the test, the test box, and re-reading the instructions to make sure it was right. It was the best birthday present we could have given my dad.
The first time I saw my baby during the initial scan at the clinic I could not believe my eyes; even though it only looked like a peanut, I was totally smitten. I had a good pregnancy and really enjoyed it, although my husband was a nervous wreck the entire time.
We were convinced we were having a boy and in December we had another big shock when our beautiful baby girl came into the world, Nyah Darcey.
I would like to thank all the staff at the LWC Wales for giving us such a special little girl - and we hope to see them again soon for a little brother or sister!"
The three cycle package puts less pressure on getting pregnant the first time round. If you'd like to find out more information on this package, contact us on 020 7563 4309. A member of our team will be more than happy to help by offering expert advice and support.
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