Counselling was not something I was looking forward to. I understand its something that is compulsory for anyone receiving donor sperm or eggs, but can’t help feeling a little bit miffed that we have to go. I’m pretty sure counselling isn’t offered to women who get pregnant through a one night stand, so why should we be forced to sit through a session to check that we fully understand the consequences of our actions? Thankfully, it was nothing like that! It was more like having a chat with someone you’re sitting next to in a waiting room. It wasn’t the interrogation I was expecting. All in all we spent about an hour talking about all sorts of things, she gave us some information about the fertility friends website and pointed us in the direction of some books that may be useful if we were interested. The counselling was completely free and gave us the opportunity to do the last of our Christmas shopping in town, not a wasted journey at all!
Whilst I was there, the nurse gave my a private prescription so I can source my own drugs. The LWC charges £1350 and after checking a few websites and calling a few supermarket pharmacies, I decided to opt for the pharmacy I deal with at work (I work in a Doctor Surgery) they kindly offered my the drugs at cost price, which altogether came to £966. almost £400 cheaper then the LWC!
For those who are reading this and perhaps going through the same as me, this is what I have ordered:
Suprecur (buserelin) 5.5ml x 2 vials
Gonal F 900iu pre filled pens x 3
Ovitrelle 250mcg x 1
Cycolgest Pessaries x 3 boxes of 15
The nurse also explained to me that I will be on ‘long protocol’ so they would wait for my next cycle to start, then 21 days after that I would start the injections. I’m still a bit fuzzy with all the dates, as soon as they mention injecting myself, I tend to get a bit light headed! The start of my cycle was actually a day earlier on 24th December, so i guess I will be ‘Down regulating’ from about the 13th January. I’ll be getting a letter through the post soon, so that will give me all the info I need to know.
The final and probably most important thing to do, is order our sperm! with the excitement and extreme illness of Charlotte and I over Christmas, we seem to have totally forgotten about our swimmers! We have decided to stay with the Danish Sperm bank, but switch to a different donor. We need to select the donor with the highest amount of swimmers. If the sperm and the egg don’t meet in a petrie dish the doctors will perform ICSI, meaning they will select one single solitary sperm and inject it directly into the egg. Either way, as long as a few embryos are created we will be happy!