Hi Starfish. I have been quitely following the over 35 thread & is thrilled to hear of your DHEA miracle during xmas. It was only last week that I had time to read the rest of the posts. I am so very sorry to hear about your loss.
It is good to hear you have had karotype testing done already. I had to push my FS after 3 failed IVF cycles for it. They only did it after discovering an unbalanced translocation on the miscarried fetus in March 2010 & the report had state it is likely to be inherited. Sure enough DH have the balanced translocation on the exact chromosomes.
Whilst we were waiting for our karotype results, I went to see Devora Leiberman for a second opinion. That is when she put me on DHEA.
I too was a patient at IVFA at the city clinic but after my last treatment, I will not recommend them. They did not advise us when DH results came through. I had to chase them up as I wanted a copy to give to Devora. It was only then I got a phone call asking if I could see Dr P that afternoon with DH. Needless to say that was something wrong as Dr P is booked out weeks in advance. His recommendation is for us to see a genetic counsellor who is able to give us more accurate facts & % which he will organise (he also totally bad mouthed Devora saying she is not a qualified IVF doctor!!). When I haven''t heard anything for 3 days, I rang the clinic. They rang back within the hour advising someone will give me a call shortly. 2 days later, still no phone call & I rang to chase up again. Got the same response. Such a life changing event & it looks like no one really give a toss. I rang up Devero's office & the kind Claudia (receptionist) recommended that I see SIVF genetic counsellor. 2 days later we were at Professor Morgan's office discussion my options. The worst part is no one had bothered to update my file that a miscarriage had occurred as 2 weeks before xmas, I received a voice mail msg on my mobile with something along this lines, "Hi, this is so & so from IVFA. Just ringing to see how your birth went (would have been due end of Oct 2010). Can you pls give me a call on so & so". How totally unprofessional!! Sorry for the vent but everthing that had happened with IVFA makes me so angry.
Going back to PGD, it was discussed with Prof Morgan. There is an initial cost of about $2k to set it up just for the 2 of you. Kinda like a template. PGD is also a very much numbers game & seeing that the no of eggs collected each time is not great (ended up 3 eggs with my last cycle at IVFA) the chances of selection is very poor. My accupunturist advised one of her client had about 25 eggs collected & only 1 did not have an unbalanced translocation. Therefore our best chance of conceiving is through donor sperm. Unfortunately SIVF does not provide anonymous donors so I did not go through a cycle with Devora. Therefore I have changed clinic to Fertility First where there is no waiting period for sperm donors.