Hi kazza, we were referred to Guys about 6 months ago from The Princess Royal hospital. The first step seems to an information night which we went to. It was a lecture to 100 or so other couples where the consultants explained IVF, ICSI & IUI, and how the processes work. It was all quite interesting, but the treatment involves drugs you sniff & injections you give yourself & an operation under general anaesthetic, so doesn't sound much fun!
We have our first appt with a consultant tomorrow, where they do an internal ultrasound for the woman, a semen analysis for the man & blood tests for both. Then we have a 45 min chat with them where they give us more info & we decide the treatment we're going to try.
That's all the information I have right now, but can keep you posted on how it goes if that would help?
Good luck with your treatment, hope it works for you,
OMG - im so glad to have found someone to talk too!!
I have also been reffered from Princess royal! Im from chislehurst where are you from?
Thank you so much for the heads up i really appreciate it, we have the presentation on the 30th november and first consultation on the 8 December. Im excited but scared!! Sounds like alot of trauma but it will be worth it in the end! I looked at the guys figures too they look great!!
We are probably going for ICSI as i have PCOS and OH has poor sa!! xxx
Hi kazza, we got on so well. Our doctor was lovely & really positive which was reassuring even though obviously there are no guarantees. We were really nervous going there but all the staff were great & it wasn't too stressful. Make sure you look at the sperm/egg art!
I haven't seen any of the figures for Guys but in their presentation they said they were a lot above the national average.
I'm from Bromley- would Chislehurst come under the same borough? If so it's great news as apparently it's one of the best around for funding. We're getting funded for 2 rounds of ICSI, which the doctor explained was the equivalent of 6 attempts (you do 1 round of ICSI & then if it fails next month they insert a frozen embryo, if that fails same again for the next month...then ICSI again etc). For us Bromley is also paying for frozen storage of any embryos for 2 years, so if all 6 attempts fail then we can pay £850 for each further attempt (rather than £4000 for more ICSI). Does this make sense? The doctor explained it a whole lot better!
What else can I tell you? They took a sperm sample from my husband (which he wasn't expecting for some reason & was pretty mortified) a 3d internal scan for me & blood tests for both of us. We would have been able to start treatment on the first day of my next period (any day now) but we have to wait until next month as they are doing a deep clean of the labs. So will probably start around the end of December. You might end up doing it round the same time as me which would be great as we could compare big bloated hormonal horror stories!
I've got PCOS too & they will have to keep a closer eye on me incase the hormones make me overhyper stimulated or something like that. So more trips up to London Bridge! But the doctor doesn't think it'll have a negative impact on the success chances. My husband has low motility so that's another factor. But when we asked our chances the doctor said "great, best there is". You can imagine how crazy excited we were & he started talking about options for our 2nd child. but have since tried to not get too carried away as don't want to have an even bigger disappointment down the line.
But generally we're excited, hopeful & of course a bit nervous but I feel a million times better having been there.
I can't think of anything else to tell you! There was prob more but my mind is mush on a Friday! Hope this had helped a bit!
Omg that sounds amazing!! Yes we are under Bromley so that is amazing news! Thank you so much! How soon after the blood test, sa and scan do you get the results? I no it sounds silly but I'm worried about the bloods! I have no reason to be though!!
Would be so good to buddy up as we have so much in common!!
I wish you all the best with it and please keep me posted!!
They tell you the results of the scan while you're having it. The bloods & sa results come back the same day & the doctors add it to your file & use it to determine the drugs they will give you. I think they only contact you about them if there's a prob. They test for HIV, hep b&c & rubella immune. I think they repeat the hormone tests too that you've prob had at princess royal.
Another good thing about bromley is they arrange the funding immediately so you can start treatment as soon as you've had your appt, whereas in the lecture they told us lots of London boroughs take a few months to send over the funding. So should be nice & quick after Dec 8th!
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