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    Hi girls, sorry been following along at times...but having a bit of a break between all the stress. Bertie I hope the little dude makes it all the way for you guys. x

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    Hi all.... scientist rang this morning - embryo is still battling, but is only at 4 cells, when on day 3 it should really be 6-8 cells. They're not going to take it out of the incubator to look at it tomorrow, so will next look at it and ring on Saturday morning before we leave for the transfer. I'm not too worried, as I've read things about "slow" embryos catching up or turning into beautiful babies, so I'm just rather pleased that it has continued growing. If I don't get to transfer, then I'm fairly at peace knowing that it would have been unlikely to have kept growing in my body. At the moment, just glad it's got this far :-)

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    Willing little Bertie on for you. C'mon embie xx

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    SelM22... thanks for your wishes, but unfortunately, our little embryo stopped growing, and this morning (day 5) it was still only 4 cells, so it's all over for us. It's very sad, because even with donor sperm we didn't get lucky, and now the possibility of it never happening seems rather real. Waiting for the FS's phonecall, then will probably take a couple of months break and try again in June or July.

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    Bertie I am so sorry. I've replied to you about saizen on the june July thread. So has sariele.
    Hope Fs rang and gave you a plan. We've been where you are with our first cycle with our current clinic. Everything arrested day 4. It was horrible. That's when we got the poor egg quality label. Despite that though we make good embies but they just don't do much. Its all a learning process hun.
    Here anytime you want to chat.
    Azoo is tough especially when you make the decision to move to donor sperm.
    Ps one of my questions for your Fs would be how much success they have had with the donor you have used.

    Big hugs xx

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    SelM22.... thanks for all the info on Saizen. That was why I insisted that the lone embie wait until Day 5 - I really wanted to know if it is the actually embryo or if it's an implant problem. There's no point worrying about seeing Dr M and getting tested for NK cells, when I can't even get to that point. Seems obvious that it's my age and old eggs :-((

    DH wants to ask the FS that same question too, so it's on my list :-) When we chose that donor, we were the first to chose him, as it said that 4 people could chose him, and since 1 of the 5 families is reserved for the actual donor, then we'll have nothing to compare. If other people have chosen him in the last couple of months and have had IVF done since then, that would be the only way to know, but I'm not really sure that they will have that information or even are allowed to give it.

    AFM.... good old IVFA accounts department!! Rang them today to pay for my cycle - but no, they already took it last week, as apparently they had my credit card details on file from last time!! Not pleased. Then get home, to already find the receipt in the mail, and yes, a number of items are incorrect, so will be ringing them again tomorrow. Joy :-))

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    SelM22.... we had our consult with our FS last week, and discussed a whole page of questions I'd had written down for him!! In the end we've planned our next cycle, and surprisingly are not going with the long, down-reg cycle, but going with a shorter cycle, as I had the most eggs on a short cycle, so the FS is keen to try that. We're going to stick with Menopur, as FS adamant that it really is the best for egg quality. We discussed using DHEA, but FS said he prefers testosterone gel that you rub in the back of your hand, so I'm giving that a go for four weeks before starting the next cycle at the beginning of July. I am happy to be doing some different things this time, in order to hopefully get a BFP next time. Interestingly, I asked about successes others have had with the same donor sperm as us - apparently three others have used it once each, but all BFN. FS said too early to discount it after just 4 tries (once for each of us), but I think it will be a question I'll raise again if the next cycle is a BFN too.

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    [QUOTE=MGC Bertie;7286171]We discussed using DHEA, but FS said he prefers testosterone gel [/QUOTE]
    I've been using both for the last 3 and a half months! Glad to hear another FS say that testogel is good. I've been wondering about Menopur too, I've seen lots of people lately saying it's good for egg quality, but I don't even know if they have it at all at my clinic, as it's not one of the stim drugs listed on the cycle plan sheet.. As for the donor sperm, is it "locally sourced" or does it come from somewhere like Xytex? Ours is from Xytex, and so I was able to look up the donor on their website to see if he'd had any reported pregnancies since we started using him (because back then he hadn't, but now he does). Just gave me a bit of peace of mind that his sperm can make someone with normal eggs pregnant.

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    Sariele.... just wondering how must Testogel you use? My FS said to use a blob about the size of a 10 cent piece. I squirtthis out, rub it in a bit and leave it to dry. Once it's dry (and I'm presuming, absorbed as much as it will), then I rinse off the chalky residue. I do that once a day. Do you do anything different?

    Yes, our donor sperm comes from an American sperm bank. He was a new donor, so when I chose him, I was the first, so no, there were no reported pregnancies. I am due to start my 5th cycle next week, and will use him again then for the second time. Like I did last time, I'll be asking after that if he's had any success in the past couple of months. On paper he's a fit, young non-smoking, non-drinking male, so I'm sure it's my 40 year old eggies that's the issue!! But we'll see how we go this time. Sort of getting excited again as the time gets closer :-))

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    Ooh good luck with your next one!! FYI, I've been getting BFPs from my recent cycle since 5dp5dt, and I'm 10dp5dt now. Had a beta via the GP on Thursday (8dpt) and hcg was 77... my clinic beta is on Monday and I am terrified about levels doubling, etc., as my lines aren't really darkening. But of course a part of me is so grateful and relieved to finally get this far at least. As for the testogel, FS told me to use one quarter of a sachet every day, and keep the remainder in the fridge to use the following days. He told me to just "guesstimate" how much one quarter was. I was told to apply it to clean, dry, hair-free skin, so I would apply it straight after my shower in the evening to the skin on the side of my belly/above my hip (alternating sides each night). I'd remain topless until it dried out, then put my PJ top on (so the chalky residue probably just rubbed off onto that).

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