End of March 2019 – I was admitted into hospital via A&E with a second episode of pelvic pain (the first episode a couple of days before, I had waited 5 hours in A&E and left before I was seen as the pain had calmed down).
While in hospital this second time – In my discussions with the consultants & nurses, it became apparent to me that I had waited too long before seeking help with fertility, at this point we had been TTC for 2 years 3 months.
3rd April 2019 – Gynaecology appt – referral by my GP – which was initially to discuss the unexplained pelvic pain but became more of an investigation into our fertility.
In-between April & August – I had many blood tests done on me, ‘Day 3’ blood test to check my hormones, full blood count, HIV test, all of it
6 August 2019 – Transvaginal scan to rule out PCOS which I do not have, however, they found a mass of some sort but the test was done just before my period was due and it turned out to be a collapsed follicle – confirmed by a second transvaginal scan at a different time in my cycle. It is worth mentioning here that I have an irregular cycle!
24 September 2019 – We got the results for hubby’s sperm analysis via our GP and discovered we have a male factor (low count & poor motility) which significantly reduces the chances of spontaneous (natural) conception. It became clearer to us after research and discussions with Hubby’s renal consultant that dialysis does affect sperm count and most people on dialysis need IVF to assist. Normal fertility is restored if a patient has a transplant.
30 September 2019 – Final appt with our gynaecologist to confirm results of sperm analysis and advise the next steps. He referred us for IVF on the same day and advised that our chances for success were high because I just haven’t been exposed to healthy sperm and there is nothing that has come up in my investigations that might hinder implantation.
3 October 2019 – We received forms and a questionnaire to fill out from our local NHS Clinical Commissioning group which would be used to confirm our eligibility for NHS funding – we also had to enclose copies of our ID/residency (we are both British citizens).
15 October 2019 – We received confirmation that we met the criteria for NHS funded treatment and that our Clinical Commissioning Group will fund up to 3 cycles which we must have received before we reach the age of 40.
22 October 2019 – We received a letter from the Fertility Centre welcoming us as new patients and directing us to their website to watch the information videos. This letter also contained an appointment for me to attend for some blood tests (which I had already done previously but they need to do their own tests.
31 October 2019 – Blood test appointment to test my AMH – which came out quite high.
18 November 2019 – We received a letter from the Fertility centre informing us to ring them to book an appointment to start our NHS IVF treatment, accompanied by LOTS of information sheets/leaflets and LOTS fo consent form to fill out.
Consent forms (we had one each of the following);
- Acceptance of NHS funding and consent to pay fees not covered by NHS
- HFEA Patient information form
- Accounting for interests of the child
- Consent to Chaperone
- Checklist confirming you have received all the information sheets and understand the nature, purpose and implications of treatment
- HFEA Consent to disclosing identity information
- HFEA Men’s consent to treatment and storage (IVF and ICSI)
- HFEA Women’s consent to treatment and storage (IVF and ICSI)
- Embryo freezing and thawing consent
- Consent to treatment, process and risks of IVF & ICSI
December 2019 onwards – to be shared at a later date.