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    Hey Ladies just a quickie!! I will be back soon for personals...

    Scan went great, two healthy bubbas kicking away, measuring right on track... 172 & 173bpm... Now let the stress begin until the next scan!!!

    Be back soon!!!!

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    TTHC: that's fantastic news hun u must be so happy. Was everything else ok they were checking? Wow it's still sinking in for me that ur one frosty split :-)


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    To all the lovely Sydney ladies...

    The time has come...great news that the twins are going strong!

    Lindylou...glad to hear counselling it helping. I went for one session on my own, and found just talking to a "stranger" that didn't know me personally, was great. I think they can offer you an opinion, where as some friends won't because a) they don't understand b) are reluctant to get involved as they know me and DH together.

    Eternal Optimist...I get occasional ovulation pimples, but my Mum always said when the pimples stop, the wrinkles start, so I guess I won't complain! I missed cycling with you in July, but I'm off and running now!

    Traveler...hoping there is a natural miracle for you

    Quartz...best wishes for your biopsy next week

    Crofty...I have a fertility buddha lent to me by a friend, and the buddha has given all ladies a bub so far she has been lent out to - I would be no.5. I just hope she has another one for me! I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be rubbing her tummy, or what? She justs sits on the bedside table.

    Nat84u...enjoy planning your wedding day. I wouldn't change a thing from mine, and even enjoyed planning it all with hubby.

    AFM...after long delays and numerous tests, it was discovered I have sarcoidosis, which sounds nasty, but is relatively dormant in me at the moment, which is why it took so long to discover. It is inflammatory tissues that have formed nodules in my spleen and a few in my lungs - no cancer was found . The only treatment is a high dose of prednisone (not keen) or do nothing and it will probably go on it's own. Spoke to FS about taking a smaller dose, as used in Colorado protocol for NK cells - but he still doesn't believe there is enough evidence such a nasty drug makes any difference. There is apparently evidence of higher risk of miscarriage if on it. So, to cut it short...I have started the Lucrin yesterday with a blood test next week to start stimming, and will not take any prednisone. If it doesn't work this time, hopefully I will have some to freeze, and during the month off could do the high prednisone dose then. As this is probably my last go, I feel I need to go with FS opinion.

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    BFN why was I stupid enough to believe it could happen to me. Maybe just wishful thinking. IVF in November after all.

    Sorry to be so glum so early in the day...

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    Traveller: oh hon sorry to hear it was a BFN, i was so excited that you had a natural miracle . Don’t apologise, we are all in this together – to share the ups and the downs. Hopefully there are more ups than downs though. Bring on November .

    Kelbelle: Sounds like you have a great plan now that all your tests have been done . It must be a great weight lifted off your shoulders that everything has now been checked out before your next cycle. Yay for starting to jab, hope the nasty side affects of lucrin stay away. Looks like we will get to cycle together after all. We are due for AF about the same time.

    Lindylou: That’s such great news about the counselling hon.They can be a real eye opener sometimes. Now you can start to move forward and get back to being the great team you guys are together ready for your next cycle. I used to get the pimples just before my period before i started IVF but this month has by far been the worst i have ever had. I asked my natuopath and she said it could be the high hormones in my body going crazy after the OHSS making me ovulate and chances are there may have been more than one egg as left over from the stim cycle. Hopefully its not this bad ever again.

    TTHC: Such great news honey. Is it starting to be a little more real now?

    So Kelbelle makes the fifth lady in our Sydney thread that will be cycling around the same time. Things are picking up in the next two weeks ladies. Bring on all the good news .

    Have a great weekend ladies – hope the weather clears

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    Oh traveler that's unfair :-( Everytime I haven't had AF for ages I end up thinking I'm utd, but I never am. It's always upsetting to remember that I'm not normal. I hate it. I end up convincing myself that I actually am pregnant and usually hold off POAS for as long as I can cause i know what the result would be. Huge hugs honey xxoo

    Well ladies I'm going to try something different. This arvo I have my first appt with an acupuncture and TCM lady. I've heard alot of positive stories about them. I think I might hold off on the ivf for now. I got a phonecall from the scientist at WFC, and they can't accept frozen embryos from other clinics cause they use different stuff to freeze them. Pretty annoyed at the FS who said I could... Anyway. Whatever right?! So I'll leave my 8 at sivf... Sorry "genea" for now and try naturally for a few months and see if I can get my cycle happening properly. And then maybe do a fresh cycle next year? I don't know yet. I'll see what the lady says today, and what Dr M says at my appt in 3 weeks.
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    Quartz- phew! For a minute there I was thinking WTF is your FS doing??

    Traveler- Oh I'm sorry it wasn't 2 lines, but naughty you for testing early! AF isn't due til Sun right? Could still be a chance for you...

    TTHC- awesome news on your scan!

    Kelbelle- So pleased that you got the go-ahead to start after all this time! I hope this cycle is smooth sailing all the way to a BFP

    EO- I was amazed how helpful the counselling was, and so glad we went. I was tempted to call it off once we'd made up, but thought bugger it, we have nothing to lose by going!

    Nat- oh no , it sucks that WFC can't take your frosties and you're back to the drawing board. Why don't people check their facts before opening their mouths?? Grrr! TCM and acupuncture plus Dr M's remedies may be just the thing to get you a natural BFP... I think its well worth trying !

    Hi to the other Sydney gals . Hope you all have a great weekend!

    AFM- Some of you might remember that I was thinking of getting boudoir photos done a while back. Well, I did it! I'm picking up the prints and the CD tomorrow morning. I had a sneak peek the day I chose my favourite ones to be printed out, and I was very happy with them. Now I have to find a good hiding place until I'm ready to surprise DH with them!

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    Hi Sydney ladies,

    I have really been trying to focus on not obsessing about fertility issues for the month I had off after BFN, so I really steered clear of BH. I did check in now and then to see how everyone was doing. I am cycling again this month, doing a natural FET. I think they will transfer on 21/9. I have a BT on Monday to make sure I ovulate.

    I will attempt personals but I apologise if they're patchy as I'm really out of the loop!

    TTHC - that is such great news about the twins, I'm glad all is going well.

    LindyLou - Good on you for getting the pics done. No doubt DH will love them. Glad to hear things are getting better & counselling helped.

    Traveler - sorry about the BFN

    Kelbelle - sorry about the sarcoidosis...my cousin has that and he manages it quite well with no major impact on his day to day activities. Hopefully now they've pin pointed the issue your next cycle will be smooth sailing

    EO - Are you doing a FET next month? Good luck!

    Nat - bummer about WFC not taking your frozen embryos. You think you have your next step planned out and they throw you a curve ball

    Hi to everyone else! If there is a roll call happening somewhere (i scanned but couldn't find it recently...) pop me on for FET around 21/9 please. I'm feeling pretty calm about this cycle. I am thinking of trying acupuncture again. It feels strange to do a natural transfer after the stim cycle. My FS told me I won't even be on progesterone support!? Oh, I also turned another year older this week, but it wasn't as worrying as I thought it might be. I always said I wanted a baby before I turned 31 - oh, how naive was I??!! Hopefully another bday won't pass without a pregnancy!
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    Awesome news on the twinnies TTHC!!!

    Sounds like there is lots of action coming up for the Sydney girls! Lots and lots of and bring on those Spring conceptions!

    AFM, AF arrived of her own accord this week which I am pleased about. So I am pill popping to sync my cycle with sister's but probably won't cycle till October with a transfer early Nov

    Hope everyone has had a great weekend, even though it has been chilly!

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    Hi everyone

    The Time Has Come - great news about your healthy twinnies. Congratulations.

    kelbelle - so glad to hear you don't have lymphoma or leukaemia. I hope your sarcoidosis is one that goes away on its own (and soon).

    lindylou78 - glad you and DH are talking again.

    Good luck with your cycles, Bella978, EternalOptimist, quartz, crofty, angelanathan.

    nat84u - Oh pooh bum to WFC. Maybe your natural few months can produce a miracle while you're sorting out your next ART.

    traveler - sorry this month wasn't lucky for you. Good luck in November.

    Loulabelle - glad things are progressing nicely for you.

    PinkButterfly - sorry the m/s is/was dragging on. Hope you're feeling better.

    Starf1sh - Good luck with your egg donor cycle. I see it's edging closer to starting.

    Hi to everyone else too.

    A few weeks ago we asked our FS to present our case to the monthly meeting of all the IVFA doctors (and some OB/GYN hangers-on who are considering specialising in fertility) to get additional professional opinions. He's done that and we had our follow-up appointment last Thursday and will be cycling again in October. A number of suggestions were made, some are incorporated into our next cycle, others are ignored.
    1. DHEA. The specialists were 50/50 split on whether I should continue on DHEA. Since I've been on it since January and it didn't help the last cycle we're opting for change and I have now stopped taking it.
    2. NK cells. Gavin Sacks was there and was thrilled that my FS had already done NK cell testing (both biopsy and the blood test at the Sacks lab). His opinion on my yes-no-maybe-yes results is that I should go back on the Bondi Protocol for my next cycle. Yay for the angry pills.
    3. LH/Pregnyl. My LH tends to be fairly low. Low LH during IVF cycles is linked with poor quality, so last cycle my FS called me in for low-dose pregnyl when it started dropping. The opinion for this cycle is that I should have the pregnyl all the way through without first waiting for a low LH result to appear.
    4. Long down-reg. My recent cycles have been antagonist, so the vote here was for change and to see if I get better quality on a down-reg cycle. I start sniffing next weekend, 17/9.
    5. Assisted hatching. Normally they wouldn't bother until after they've transferred good blastocysts with BFNs, but since we've only got 2 more tries then we'll never have multiple failed blasty transfers to indicate a problem, so we'll be doing assisted hatching just-in-case.
    6. Sperm. A couple of doctors suggested changing sperm again, but the majority opinion (and also our own preference) was to stay with the current donor.
    7. PGD/CGH. One dr suggested CGH, and this was overwhelmingly voted down. Since we have already been giving the best available embies a chance the cost is not justified for our situation. If we'd ever had a choice of embies things might be different, but that's not how our journey has been.
    8. PolScope. This one is at our own request. They've just been using regular microscopy on the eggs during ICSI, so this time they'll visualise the spindle with polarised light microscopy so we can get a little bit more info on the eggs.

    Still loving my new GP. She's teamed me up with a local nothing-to-do-with-IVF counsellor so that at the end of the journey I'm not travelling back to the clinic to see a counsellor there. I'm not crying every day anymore. I'm another year older now. DH thought (or more likely didn't think at all) that a wonderful thing to do on one's birthday is to drive 150 km to visit my inlaws to watch them celebrate Father's Day, and then drive back home again. Can't say it was the best birthday ever, but the nieces and nephew were their usual amusing selves.


 

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