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    Smik How annoying with mix up, as for Synarel with a cold… not much fun. They should be able to at least put it back to later in the day.

    MGC I’m so sorry. Are donated embryos an option? Take a month or two to look after you and see what you decide.

    AFM I’ve been quiet lately. We ended up having the EPU last Wednesday with 10 follicles from which we got 9 eggs, 7 fertilised and all progress well. This morning I had a day 5 transfer, by which time we had 2 blastocysts. They transferred 1 and the other they froze. The other 5 embies weren’t suitable for freezing. It feels weird to be on a 2 week wait, I haven’t been at this stage for a year. We did have a bit of a scare during the EPU, I had an anaphylactic reaction to the antibiotics and stopped breathing. They revived me with adrenalin and I’m now fine, I took some extra time off work and rested up. I’m not sure if it was just the general or the reaction but it took me a while to recover. It was actually lucky I had the reaction when I did as it is a common antibiotic which I could have been given by my GP, so looking at the silver lining.

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    Smik.... thanks, that's a lovely quote - I'm good at dreaming :-)) Yes, I'll have a little break, and am not booked in to see the FS until the end of May, and will start a new cycle in June or July.

    Sweet... oh no, that's dreadful what happened during your EPU, but as you say, lucky being in hospital and having all the care around. Bit surprising since your had IVF before, but I'm gathering that they gave you something different this time.

    Yes, I've been considering everything for long while now, but since donor sperm didn't work miracles, I'm fast tracking future ideas. I think we'll try two more cycles using the donor sperm first. Will be discussing with the FS about using my sister's eggs (that she's offered) - even though she's only 2 years younger than me, she's always been much fitter and healthier than me, while I've been the bookworm and always tried to evade any exercise!! Then, yes donor eggs / embryos are on the cards, though I've heard that waiting lists in Australia are 2 years or more, so I've got a bit of investigating to do on that. I know there's other threads on here about that, but I've stayed away from them, but will probably go subscribe to them shortly.

    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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    MGC - sooo sorry that this cycle didn't work out for you Very disappointing as I think we all assume that after the trials of trying to get a baby using our DH's sperm that the donor sperm will just have to look at an egg to make it happen! Really feel for you so take some time off and look after each other, you'll get there!

    Sweet - how scary about the reaction to those antibiotics! But yeah I guess if it's going to happen best it did while you were surrounded by drs and in hospital! Best of luck for your 2ww, hope you're not going too crazy with the symptom spotting

    Smik - hope you're over the cold and your cycle is going well. What a nightmare about the mix up of dates, are things sorted now?

    AFM - we're doing OK and I'm now throwing myself into researching our donor sperm options. I've spoken with IVFA, Fertility First and QFG and Monash in QLD and have a much better idea now of what's involved. IVFA is the only one with a waiting list, we're seeing Dr Persson on Friday as a follow up from our cycle and will discuss getting on the donor list there as they have my eggs on ice already.

    Also have an appointment at Fertility First in Hurstville on 27th May. This one should be pretty straightforward and as long as they accept the counsellor's report from IVFA we should be able to get the list pretty quickly. I think the plan will be that if a donor jumps out at us from FF we'll cycle there (maybe starting off with IUI), but if not we'll sit out the waiting period at IVFA and be on both lists. There is also the option to cycle at QFG in QLD, which is owned by the same company as IVFA so they are able to accommodate interstate patients quite easily. They also have more choice and no waiting periods as QLD law lets each donor have a max of 10 families, whereas in NSW it's 5.

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    MGC Thanks for the heads up on the accounts. I'll be sure to take a close look when they send me a receipt. Although I know they have just deducted $9k from my credit card which was more than I was expecting. And last cycle we cancelled when the TESE didn't find sperm so this was my first EPU. Best of luck with whatever you decide.

    Ginios Your much better organised than I was with the sperm donor. IVFA don't have many donors for IUI, they are all pretty much ICSI. FF might be different. I didn't realise the laws in QLD were different I though it was a federal law. You learn something new every day.

    AFM The waiting begins. I had some spotting last night (implantation maybe). I had dreams of taking it easy. But after 2 days off work is just crazy and my next big deadline is in 2 weeks. (Day after my BT) I need to keep reminding myself not to get worked up and just breath.

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    MGC sorry to hear that.

    Again, thanks to all the ladies who replied my previous post.

    Almost nearly a month. DH is finally willing to move forward to see the GP when he gets back from his business trip. Well, I am also on business trip as well. Thus, having the SA done before both of us going on business trip was probably a good idea -- a cool down period for us all for the bad news. He is actually worried that something is seriously wrong. TMI: he just told me that he didn't have a good feeling for the SA. He noticed that the semen didn't have the same texture as before. We didn't know when this started since we have been trying. Also, he felt a lump on one side.

    Since we just moved to Perth from oversea, we have been seeing various GPs. We are not very happy with any of the GP so far. They didn't seem to care about the patients -- either 5 mins in and out, telling us what we already knew or asking us what we wanted to do. Grr....we are not doctor so no idea if we need this or that tests. Honestly, I don't know if it is always the case in Australia or just unluckily with the GPs. We did some searches and he will try a new GP. Hopefully, we can find somebody who actually know what he/she is doing so we could move forward smoothly from now on.

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    bbhope It does get easier to process with a bit of time. There is a huge difference in care between GP's. I travel 45min to see my GP as I know my chances are slim I will ever find such a good one closer, if my GP is not available and I have to go to the local clinic I find I end up telling them what I want them to do. Can you have someone at work recommend you a good GP? That is what I did when I moved interstate and got sick. If there is a lump the GP will probably send him for a biopsy pretty quick. It took us 6 month from getting a diagnosis to getting the first treatment. In which time we saw 4 Dr who would order a range of tests and then refer us to another specialist.

    AFM Just waiting and second guessing myself. IVFA decusted $9k from my account but I received $5.4k back from medicare. I just don't have a good feeling about this cycle.

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    bbhope I found that when I need to talk to a GP (rather than when I have the flu, for example) it works much better if I book a long appointment. It does cost more but it's worth it when you find a doctor you like and you need a lot of information. No one feels rushed if you have booked 30mins of their time.

    I'm feeling a bit confused atm as I told our clinic in Feb that we'd want more vials of our donor over the next few months, and they said they'd order it no problems. But when I said this week that we were on the verge of needing it they told me then that they hadn't been able to get it last order due to limited availability (and I hadn't known). This is for a US donor that we pay (a lot) for. Do your clinics just give you more vials when you ask, or is there sometimes a wait like this? I have no idea what's normal. :s We have a vial for this IVF and hopefully that's all we'll need for awhile but we wanted to reserve the same donor for a second child; and finding out that might not be as easy as we were led to believe makes me kind of nervous. As if coming to terms with azoospermia wasn't enough!

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    Littlesunflowers... I so understand your frustration with this donor sperm business. I don't know any of the answers to your present predicament, but it does make me think about when we will need ours next time.

    I rang IVFA up the other day when I got my invoice, as it had the payment itemised, and one of the things was the donor sperm (which I knew we used) however it said "per insemination". I must have read the information wrong when it was first sent to me, then I must have also misunderstood what Kirsty said to me on the phone, as now they've explained that you pay each time you use the donor sperm. I thought you paid once, and could use that donor three times before you go back to the bottom of the list. No, you pay each of the three times, and then you still go to the bottom of the list. Wow, just multiplied my US donor by 3 !!! Not that there were any decent Australian donors when I got the list, so it had to be a US one.

    But yes, I kind of thought IVFA had already imported all the vials for three goes, and that they'd just be sitting in their freezer waiting for me to use them.

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    While I'm not with IVFA, with my clinic you paid per vial. They did their best to make a vial go as far as it could (hence the use of ICSI), but when it runs out you had to pay for another vial. Also unless you have a pregnancy with the one donor there is no guarantee that they will be able to get more vials from the same donor (in fact even if you do have a child if you haven't ordered enough vials at the beginning there is no guarantee that you will get the same donor again).

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    OK it must differ between clinics - we had no waiting list and I don't expect to be put on one, and we know we pay per vial. I also knew there was a limit on how many we could reserve. I just didn't realise that it might be hard to get them to reserve.

    Trying to remind myself that we might only need one or two more and I don't need to worry about getting them at this stage - but it'll be in the back of my mind this cycle.

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