Post # 1
semi-regular bee here going anonymous. I am doing donor egg IVF. The donor and I have started our meds and retrieval is scheduled for between June 30 and July 2 with transfer between July 5 and July 7. I have a genetic condition that means using my own eggs was never a possibility, so I am not in the same position as most people using a donor who has been trying for months or years…this is my first attempt. And for financial reasons, it’s the only egg retrieval we’ll be able to do, although our donor has a history of providing lots of eggs so I’m hopeful to get more than one embryo. I’m so nervous! Is there anything I can do to make sure my lining is nice and thick and to up the chances of this baby sticking?!
Post # 2
anonbee3584 : Good luck on your upcoming transfer! I would just take your medicne as directed by your doctor. I think that’s really all you can do but I was told acupuncture can help make your lining thick. Not sure how much truth there is to it but I did and we now have a daughter. Like I said not sure of the acupuncture had anything to do with it but it did help keep me calmer and less anxious about the whole process. Good luck!
Post # 3
Easier said than done – but start now by eating healthy and do whatever works for you to keep stress & anxiety levels down (whether it’s regular exercise, bubble baths, massage, journaling, etc).
My successful transfer was the cycle when I was in the best shape of my life and was eating super clean, anti-inflammatory diet. I had already quit drinking coffee and was pretty much no sugar/ dairy/ wheat when we transferred. I believe it made a big difference.
Post # 4
I’ve done 5 cycles – 4 retrievals with fresh transfers and one FET. For your lining, try drinking cranberry juice. IVF can be scary and overwhelming and I can’t imagine feeling even less control of the process than usual by using a donor. I really admire that! The best advice I can give you though is hope for the best and expect the worse. I wish i had set more realistic expectations of how many rounds it would take. Assuming you can freeze some embryos from your donor, you should have more than 1 chance with one round (unfortunately, I was not that lucky since i have DOR so we never had any to freeze). Also, in my opinion, sooooo much of this is out of our hands. I did nothing different for any of our rounds and sometimes we had decent good and sometimes it was terrible but none of it worked so it didn’t really matter. I’m finally pregnant from FET. No rhyme or reason why. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make it work because it’s entirely out of your hands.
Wishing you lots of sticky baby dust.
Post # 5
Thanks! The whole thing is so nerve wracking I’m just looking for any little thing.
Post # 6
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anonbee3584 : I am taking vitamins and supplements for my transfer now! I am taking CBD oil, vitamin C, vitamin E, baby aspirin as well as Lupron injections, oral estrogen and progesterone suppositiries (my poor body). It’s a lot!!!