Guest blog by Jessica Mason, an artist and a chef from Sydney, Australia.
My partner and I have been trying to conceive for almost 5 years. We decided to go the next step and talk to a fertility specialist. After many intrusive tests and countless blood works we had no answers. I was 34 with no underlying issues, and my partner was 42 with a heap of good quality sperm, and so the next step was IVF.
Our fertility specialist suggested we do a ‘Lite Cycle’. The lite cycle is not suitable for everyone and some eligibility criteria apply. This includes the age and weight of the woman and whether or not she has any complex fertility issues. This treatment is done without anesthetic and removes the need for day hospital admission, lowering the number of eggs able to be harvested and making it super affordable.
Our 1st round was filled with so much anxiety and stress and it was unfortunately canceled due to not enough eggs. Our 2nd round was canceled due to too many eggs as we were doing a ‘Lite Cycle’. In our 3rd and final round, we finally reached the magical number and got to an egg collection. This also coincides with starting the Circle + Bloom IVF Mind-Body Program. After the first meditation, I knew this was our time. The structured approach tailored to IVF helped me to visualize my eggs growing and also prepare my body for pregnancy. I also felt less stressed which I personally think helped with the quality of my eggs.
The morning of my egg collection I listened to Circle+Blooms IVF retrieval meditation session and I was instantly calm. I’d heard a lot about how painful it could be and leading up to it I was quite nervous. The meditation helped me to focus on the outcome and not the process. Lying on the bed, with my legs in stirrups, with doctors and nurses poking and prodding and all I could think of were my beautiful eggs. Before I knew it, it was over and I was so proud of myself.
We had 10 Eggs retrieved, which is a fantastic number, especially for a first retrieval. Out of those 10, 6 fertilized and finally, 3 made it to day 5 embryos. We had our first fresh transfer and put 2 on the freeze for later. Yay!!
Leading up to my transfer, I continued with Circle+Bloom meditations and I honestly felt like I was already pregnant. I programmed my brain and body to feel like it was already pregnant and IT WORKED!
We had our first ever positive pregnancy. All of our hard work had finally paid off.
I personally think this would not have been possible without Circle+Blooms IVF/IUI Mind-Body Program. Every day it helped me to focus on my beautiful eggs growing inside. Instead of being filled with doubt and fear, I was feeling overjoyed with the process. I believe my positive mindset made all the difference in conceiving. We are currently 32 weeks and feeling amazing. THANK YOU Circle+Bloom for such a wonderful program. It has certainly changed our lives forever.
Jessica Mason is an artist and a chef, currently working from home in Sydney, Australia. Her partner and her have been struggling with infertility for many years.