Me: 28, DH: 32. Tried on our own just four cycles, then DH was impatient and got tested... Discovered low sperm count, poor morphology and very poor motility. Retested a couple of times with similar results. Decided to proceed with IVF with ICSI. Discovered during routine tests that I have a unicornuate uterus, so multiples would be impossible for me to carry... We will have to put back one embryo at a time. I overstimmed bigtime - after retrieval I was hospitalized overnight two seperate times due to dehydration, nausea/vomiting, and pain. Ladies, know that severe OHSS puts you at very high risk for blood clots, so please don't suffer through it at home... Seek care! I had three paracentesis procedures to remove liters of fluid from my abdomen. It was easily the most uncomfortable I've ever been in my life, but let me tell you, IV dilaudid is a wonder drug. Seven days after retrieval I finally started to feel 'normal'. I had been too sick to do a transfer, so it was a freeze-all cycle. As for the results: retrieved 48 eggs, 36 mature, 28 fertilized, 16 still growing at day 3, 6 high-grade blasts frozen on day 5, and three more frozen day 6, so 9 total frosties, five of which are graded 5AA! What a relief after all the awfulness.
Waited three months due to moving and scheduling. Did our first FET of a single 5 day, 5AA blast on 9/22. The emby thawed beautifully - the embryologist said it had 100% cell survival (anything over 50% is viable). I resisted POAS until this morning, 8dp5dt... I peed on a FRER with FMU and then quickly hid it in a drawer. I waited for DH to wake up, told him what I had done, debated whether to look or to wait for beta tomorrow... And decided to go for it. I steeled myself for that stark white negative. I grabbed the stick with my hand covering the results. We stood together, took a breath, and I opened my hand to see... Two lovely lines. We couldn't believe it! Based on the strength of the line I think I would've been able to test + at least a couple days earlier, but didn't want to drag it out, so waited almost to beta day.
What I did in TWW: nothing special except eating pretty well, hydrating, and obviously not drinking. I didn't do any bed rest at all - my RE believes normal activity and blood flow are important. In fact, immediately after the transfer I did a bit of shopping, went to lunch, and once the valium wore off I drove myself home (6.5 hour drive)! I made sure to stop every couple hours to walk and move around, and stretch a little.
Okay, so symptoms: first I have to say that they're barely there, and all easily could be attributed to the progesterone or wishful thinking.
- starting 1dp5dt: heaviness/pressure in uterine area that is usually but not always there. I attributed this to progesterone. A couple sharper twinges, but those weren't until 7dp5dt. Zero implantation spotting.
-starting 5dp5dt: a bit of fatigue, feeling a TINY bit queasy if I let myself get hungry, a whiff of indigestion, a hint of dizzy/lightheadedness, maybe a tad more sensitive to smells... All very minor things that I swore I felt in other tww's. Basically I would not have been surprised to get a BFN. So don't lose hope if your symptoms are mild or even nonexistent. Good luck to everyone reading this!