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Tuesday, August 11th 2015, 10:43am

Author: Grace


Ashastar, It sounds like your LO may have reflux (it's very common) basically the entrance to his tummy isn't quite strong enough to hold the contents of his stomach in so when he lies down it keeps bubbling up into the back of his throat (and out his mouth) it has a small amount of stomach acid in it when it does so and therefore irritates the back of his throat. My son had this quite badly and also silent acid reflux (when stomach acid on its own jumps out and it really hurts). If keeping him ...

Tuesday, August 11th 2015, 10:22am

Author: Grace


I was a big wuss and got some EMLA cream from the chemist, you have to apply it an hour before hand but it numbs the skin, I only used it for the first week or so but it gave me confidence to do it without afterwards.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015, 8:30am

Author: Grace

New to the site and starting ivf first time.

Hi Rosy and welcome. The waiting times depend greatly from area to area (like everything else) so there is no definitive answers, you could check out the Clinic Feedback and Chat pages to see if your clinic listed and ask the members there who might have a better idea. The clinic will probably want to do some more tests if you haven't had any for 2 years, I would imagine they will do full bloods for you to check you're ovulating normally still and will, almost certainly, want to do a repeat sper...

Monday, July 27th 2015, 8:50am

Author: Grace

How to improve sperm

My embryologist was called Vlad, I was most disappointed when I finally met him to find he didn't look like Dracula! Sadly it is expensive and so horribly frustrating, hard as it is try to stay positive, so many things can change. When was your last sperm test? they shouldn't be closer than about 3 months apart because apparently it takes 3 months to make a sperm! (they swim about a lot before making their way out). Even if there are no sperm in his ejaculate it is still possible that there are ...

Sunday, July 26th 2015, 8:35pm

Author: Grace

How to improve sperm

I think how many are in each vial differs depending on how many they get and what quality they are. If you don't get much viable sperm then there will be less vials in total as well as less in each vial, they have to make a payoff between having enough in each vial to give a sporting chance of fertilization but not to put all your eggs in one basket. Get yourself a notepad and write down any questions you think of between now and your consultation or you risk coming away and thinking "oh god why...

Saturday, July 25th 2015, 10:09pm

Author: Grace


Hello and welcome Stac1, and congratulations on starting your tx. There are a lot of people who are going, or have been through, the tx that you are undertaking so you should get lots of help and support. Usually I would post a list of lots of useful links that will help you navigate the site to the areas you will find most helpful, unfortunately my laptop is taking the liberty of removing all the links every time I post it so I'm going to have to ask another mod to have a go, sorry for the dela...

Thursday, July 23rd 2015, 4:07pm

Author: Grace

How to improve sperm

My DH had borderline count and below normal morphology and motility. For 3 months I made him wear boxers, not put his laptop on his lap, no exercise like cycling (which he hates anyway) and getting up regularly at work so that air could circulate (I hate to think what he said to his work colleagues about why he had to take a walk every hour). In addition to that he drank more water and took a general vit supplement as well as extra vitamin C and selenium. I also sent him to work with foods that ...

Friday, November 7th 2014, 10:54pm

Author: Grace

1st ivf anxieties

I only had a few follicles and from them only 8 eggs were found. 4 fertilised and one of those became my beautiful son, it is not quantity but quality that counts.

Saturday, November 30th 2013, 8:09pm

Author: Grace

Clomid for men????any experiences?

Hi Pushmug, sorry you've not had a reply yet, it's not that common for Clomid to be given to men. I have posted your post in the staff room so see if anyone there knows anything more.

Saturday, November 30th 2013, 8:07pm

Author: Grace

High Viscosity?

He could try taking a cough medicine containing Guaifensesin (and only this active ingredient if it has decongestants in it as well it doesn't work). Many women take it to improve the quality of their CM and theoretically it could reduce all muscous viscosity - including seminal fluid. Check with your fertility consultant first though. Good luck

Thursday, August 29th 2013, 9:53pm

Author: Grace

Anyone NHS funding in Oxford?

I have limited experience with fertility tx in Oxford so I'm afraid I can't answer all your questions, but I can help with some. I had initial investigations and Clomid at the John Radcliffe in Oxford and the staff were very nice but there were long waiting lists, I was told that the follow up appointment after clomid was at least 6 months so you had to book the follow up when you started taking the treatment if you wanted to be seen when you finished (assuming you didn't get pg). They didn't as...

Monday, August 19th 2013, 9:00pm

Author: Grace

Tuboplasty advice needed

Hi, I think this is a relatively rare procedure in this country so you might find it hard to talk to anyone who has had it done. From what I can gather, success relies greatly on the expertise of both the surgeon who performed the original operation as well as the one that reverses it. The only person who would really be able to tell you if this is an option for you is your consultant. have you had the follow up with your consultant regarding why the previous cycles failed? what did they suggest...

Monday, July 22nd 2013, 12:39pm

Author: Grace

Bicornuate Uterus

I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope that your Dr has given you the answers you need now following your HSG. My mother had a partial bicornuate uterus and it didn't cause her any problems, I have also heard stories of women with fully bicornuate uteruses not realising they have one until years after they've had children and they have medical procedures for other reasons and it's discovered so having ones does not necessarily mean problems carrying babies.

Monday, May 13th 2013, 9:09pm

Author: Grace

Started weaning after some advice and help

My only advice is to eat the same things you give LO at the same time. Nothing motivates them more than seeing you eating something. some days my boy don't eat anything off their own plates but they'll eat everything of mine - well youngest throws a lot of it but that's a stage he's going through. Oh and don't stress too much (I know that's easier said than done), the first months of weaning are really about playing with food, learning its texture and flavour rather than actually sustaining them...

Monday, May 13th 2013, 9:02pm

Author: Grace

Stopping Breastfeeding

First time round J dropped all feeds like he didn't care (and I felt all neglected) L however was very attached to the boob so what I had to do with the last one was moving it to the start of bedtime. I don't know where your last feed features in your routine but mine was always last thing, after bath and story. I moved it to before bath and story so that he wasn't relying on it to get him sleepy, once he accepted this I offered him milk in a cup instead. Can your dh do this for you over a weeke...

Monday, May 13th 2013, 8:58pm

Author: Grace

EBF bowel movements

No worries, it's good to see a paediatrician as it will set your mind at east (and silence the HVs). They don't take into consideration the size of the baby in these weight charts, friend of mines baby was on the 90th centile and she was constantly badgered for feeding him too much, he's the same age as my eldest (3 and a half) and wears trousers for a 4-5 year olds, they fall down because his tummy doesn't fit them but his leg length does!! As long as she seems well in herself then there can't ...

Wednesday, May 8th 2013, 8:54pm

Author: Grace


Hi, I presume you've tested by now. Just to say though that the drugs you take on IVF - most notably the progesterone - increase the blood supply to things like your cervix, if this is knocked during sex it can cause a short bleed, terrifying but harmless.

Wednesday, May 8th 2013, 8:51pm

Author: Grace

Blood Tests

One thing I would add is about the day 21 blood test, you should only have this test done on day 21 if your natural cycle is 28 days long, if it's not then the test should be adjusted accordingly to be 7 days prior to your next AF. If it's done to soon or too late it could give you an falsely low progesterone reading.

Saturday, May 4th 2013, 9:56pm

Author: Grace

EBF bowel movements

My first boy was exactly the same, oh the hours I worried about his short feeds, slow weight gain and funny poo. It can all be normal, the things to watch for is that your LO is alert and active, not crying and lethargic (cold aside of course) unfortunately I was badgered constantly by my hv to formula feed but, like your LO, he wouldn't even consider the idea so I went to the GP and he told me to observe him, if he seems well just carry on as you are. From the moment I started weaning my LO roc...

Saturday, May 4th 2013, 9:34pm

Author: Grace

Another one from me is it worth shelling out for a herbalist?

Hmmm £225 just for an initial appointment seems very expensive. Have you tried phoning round other herbalists to see what their fees are? while this person specialises in infertility any decent herbalist will be able to help you in the same way. I don't know what research has been done on herbalism and infertility but I'm a believer, herbs can be very powerful things.