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    Hi im with Liverpool Sydney Ivf, Just finished our first fresh cycle with a negative result last week, we have one frostie left which we too are waiting for the clinic to open in the new year. Has anyone had a good experience with a FET? We are seeing Dr Lok, so far we are happy, but don't have anything to compare it to as this new to us.

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    Quartz, thanks anyway. Have fired an email off to FS re: oroxine, see what he says! Leave no stone unturned I say!

    EternalOptimist, love your name! AF comes to the party for you and get to be PUPO over the holidays!

    PinkB, sent you a message on the 35+ thread, but again sorry there is no 'insurance policy' for this cycle. However, all going the way it should you won't need it! I had a great weekend in the sunshine , lovely walk, a swim this morning and brunch out both days! Mmmm

    Lifeonhold, I hear you doll, it is so hard at times to keep the faith We have also had 6 transfers over a period of 15 months, (although 2 were FETs), and while there are still new things on the table to try I am still slugging away for that sticky BFP. But yep definately cannot do it forever and will probably hang up our boots if we aren't UTD in the next 6 months. with PinkButterfly, it is really important for those of us on this journey longer than we anticipated to have a proactive FS willing to try new things.

    As for the 'life on hold' I have also felt this for a long time, but have been trying really hard to find the joy in the every day, in my relationship with DH and doing our best to plan getways and special time and really 'live' our lives, but I admit thoughts of a much wanted bubba are never far away. I have had a couple of breaks while we have been doing IVF and it has done me a world a good emotionally and psychologically. Sending you much strength and healing while you are on your break

    Awesome to see the Sydney yummy mummy's here, Amum & JFB. You are both poster girls for perseverance!
    Amum, heartening to hear how highly you regard Prof Illingsworth. He is doing my EPU and tx next cycle as we are taking part in his sperm magnification program so will be making the trip out to Westmead.

    Hi Lindylou, catfroggy, Charliechops, nat84U, 25andhopeful. Hope you ladies got out to enjoy the sunshine. About time hey!?
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    Hi ladies,

    what a beautiful day today!!!!

    Starf1sh- my FS is @ the city but all procedures are done @ Maroubra; its closer to home (we live in Randwick)

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    Me 39 (both tubes removed) Him 41 DD 18
    1st IVF-ICSI Nov 2010 -no frosties
    2nd IVF-ICSI Jan 2011

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    Hello all you lovely ladies,

    Means a lot to me to share my story with all of you. I am generally a private person and I don't normally get to talk about IVF with a whole lot of people so am really thankful that you ladies listened and replied.

    amum21 - thank you so much for replying and giving me a sense of hope about this process and continuing on. I have met Proff Peter Illingworth at IVFA but am with another fs. He is good too, very caring.

    pinkbutterfly - thank you for you wonderful message. Yes, I too want to try dhea. A lot of women have been sucessful on it. I hope my fs is agreeable to dhea. I will find out soon with my next appointment. Yes, I have upped my coenzyme as well and also take 10 000 other vitamins (it is such a chore!!!!!!)

    I am so sorry that you didnt get any frosties - it is very frustrating, isnt it? when is your transfer?

    jfblady72 - congratulations on your success. I take my hat off to you for sticking with 8 cycles but it was all worth it in the end. Thank you so much for sharing your story and giving me strength to go on.

    starf1sh - so sorry to hear that its taking you so long as well to get a BFP. Like you, I also try and get away a lot but now even on holidays DH and I feel that something is missing. One of the things DH and I would like to do is to tour Europe but with all the IVF financial burden and the uncertainity of not knowing if and when I would be preggers, we have stopped thinking about it.

    To all you other ladies, good luck with your journey and enjoy the sunshine in sydney.

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    Hi Ladies,

    I am so stoked that you all thought this thread was a good idea, yay! Thanks for helping me kick off a Sydney girls club, I look forward to getting to know all of you.

    Catfroggy- I remember your name from the Nov thread, sorry your first cycle didn’t have a happy ending. Lets hope Jan 2011 will be your month!

    Charliechops- oooh, first cycle is coming up soon! Bet you never thought you could be so terrified yet so excited at the same time!

    Starfish- wow, I am very similar to you, high thyroid antibodies (Tg 33, TPO >1000), but all other thyroid tests normal (TSH, free T3 & T4). I was actually requested by my naturopath to have the antibodies tested, my GP and FS weren’t interested in looking further once TSH came back normal. As Quartz has said, there is a link between Thyroid Ab’s and miscarriage, I have downloaded some journal articles to show my FS. In the same articles they say treatment with Levothyroxine (the active ingredient in Oroxine) is beneficial. Prednisolone is mentioned too. From what I know, the thyroid ab’s are ‘attacking’ our thyroid gland. By taking synthetic levothyroxine, it switches our natural thyroid function ‘off’, and therefore gives the ab’s nothing to attack. Would love to hear your FS’ response to your email about oroxine!

    Quartz- Great to see you here and congrats on your BFP!! I am not on oroxine as my FS believes I don’t need any treatment. Thanks for sharing that though, its very helpful to know.

    EO- I was hoping you’d join this thread! Yes, DH got stuck into the lawns at long last. Now I can pull into my driveway without embarrassment! Hope AF shows up soon for you hun, and you can have your FET stress-free in the holidays.

    Nat84u- Best of luck for your Jan cycle! Isn’t it great finding other ladies close by and even going to the same clinics? A meet & greet would be great sometime.

    Lifeonhold- hi and welcome, I do remember you from Nov thread. I really wish that you didn’t have to go through the IVF wringer the way you have… I think an indefinite break will do you a world of good. Have you considered trying a naturopath or acupuncturist that specialises in infertility?

    Amum21- You don’t have to apologise, this thread is for all Sydney ladies including the graduates. Prof Peter Illingworth is the FS I had my eye on to get a 2nd opinion from… thanks for the plug, I’ll definitely ask for referral to him now!

    PinkButterfly- how frustrating it must be to know that you CAN conceive with IVF, yet its not happening a 2nd time. Sorry to hear your potential frostie didn’t make the grade, with any luck you’ll be UTD this cycle. Keeping everything crossed for you!

    Jbflady- gosh, 8 cycles to get a BFP. I hope I have the strength to go that far if need be. Christmas is going to be exciting in your house with your DS’ first Xmas! Although at his age he can't do much more than scrunch and suck on the wrapping paper!

    25andhopeful- wow, another Liverpool girl! Who’d have thought there were so many of us?? Sorry your first cycle was a BFN . There are loads of FET success stories on this forum, I hope you’ll be among them soon!

    It was wonderful to finally have some glorious weekend weather, hope there’s more of that to come! We had Xmas lunch yesterday with my family because this Sat we are going to QLD to spend 9 days with my in-laws for chrissy. This is my last week in the office so I’m frantically trying to tie up loose ends… so that’s my cue to log out of BH and get back to work!!


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    Thanks ladies, will keep u posted in the new year, good luck to eveyone hopefully 2011 will bring us all some good news!

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    Lindylou, Yep FS is also an RE. He emailed me back over the weekend and response was 'I don't believe thyroxine (oroxine) has anything to do with thyroid antibodies. Some naturopaths believe many women should take additional thyroxine. I believe you should take thyroxine when your thyroid hormone profile shows you are deficient. This has not been the case so far, but you are very welcome to test it again'. So his position hasn't really changed but I might as well get thyroid bt done while I am waiting to cycle again. Will be interested to hear what your 2nd opinion says, when are you going?

    Catfroggy, I am also in the 2031 postcode, neighbours! Wow how amazing to have an 18 year DD!

    How is everyone going with their Christmas shopping/prep for the holiday season? Can't believe it it is less than 2 weeks away now!

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    Starfish- hmmm, interesting that your FS is an RE and doesn't believe the thyroid ab's require treatment with oroxine, or any other medicine. When we come home from QLD after Xmas, I will go to my GP for referral to another FS for the 2nd opinion. I imagine it will take at least 4 weeks to get an appointment, so it will be awhile before I know anything more .

    As for Xmas shopping, we don't have to do any (phew)! The only kids in our extended family are 2 nieces on DH's side and we give them money. All the adults agreed years ago not to exchange gifts anymore, just too stressful and too expensive, and people rarely got something they actually wanted or needed. Instead we get together for food, drinks and good times , which works well for everyone!

    Good luck to those of you battling it out in shopping centre car parks, and trawling the shops in search of gifts I hope you can finish it all with time to spare and avoid the horrid xmas eve rush!

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    Hi ladies, am having a very stressful morning... Woke up with some bleeding so am very worried something is wrong. I have been in to the clinic for a blood test and now have to wait until around 12ish for the results. Very stressful!!!

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    Quartz - Thinking of you.

    Starfish - I have braved the shops a couple of times, but came away with nothing. Well actually I tell a lie - I got a few things for myself, does that count?

    Lindylou - I think that's a great idea about not exchanging gifts between adults. It's so stressful and expensive... we will be exchanging gifts with family/friends, but only small ones this year.

    Hi to all the other lovely ladies out there.

    Seems like a lot of you are with SIVF at Liverpool or in the city. Anyone going to the Norwest clinic?


 

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