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    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here and this is my first post! Im 24, single, have been for the past 6 years (I have dated - I hope you all don't think I'm strange!) and long to be a mother. I am not closed to the idea of meeting someone special one day but at the same time I find it very difficult to meet men that are right for me. I've just started researching about using donor sperm and so far have only spoken to my very best friend about it. She has known for years about my longing to be a mother and is encouraging me to go for it. She is a mother herself to 3 grown children (she is 52) and keeps telling me I would make an amazing mother and constantly tells me 'All you need is love - nothing else'. I started reading through this thread but at 142 pages I thought I would just jump right in! I'm here to find out more information, see how other ladies are going with their decisions/journeys and basically just to chat and get advice. One question I do have to ask.....Do you think there is a right or a wrong age to start this journey alone?? I lived life very young and settled down early into a career etc but would like other opinions on this. Also has anybody here heard of FSDW or know anybody that has had a good experience with that route???

    Also: Congratulations to all the women out there that have successfully conceived or currently have their BFP's!! And to all those that are currently trying I wish you all the best!

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    Morning ladies

    Just finished feeding miss Emelia so we thought we would pop in and say HELLO!!! We have been out of hospital (again) for almost two weeks and things are going well. weighin day is today and my fingers are crossed they she has gained a nice amount. We have gone from 4 hourly feeds to feeding on demand which can be anything from 2hours to 5hours. I'm loving life at the moment.

    Mumstheword - welcome to our singles thread!!! You will find lots of info and heaps of support amount this fabulous group of ladies!!! There is no ideal time to start this journey but you will know when you are ready. My only regret is I waited so long to have my first I was 33 and 36. I'm planning on no 3 and will probably start trying next year. You asked about FSDW.....it's a fabulous site run by Emma who is a great person and very knowledgeable in the area. It's also where I found my fabulous donor. It can be a long process with many bumps in the road to finding your ideal donor. My advice is take your time, read the profiles and get to know your possible donors cause he will be in your life forever. I chose someone whom I felt would have been a great friend if we had met under different circumstances. Ideally also choose someone who is opened to continued contact with your and your child as having not contact other than photos like my donor does is very hard on him (long story). If you have any questions feel free to send me a private message.

    To all the ladies - HELLO but goodbye for now I'm ready to go back to sleep and listen to Emelia's noises as she lulls me to sleep lol

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    HOPE - congratulations on the birth of Molly, a beautiful name for a beautiful little girl I'm sure. Enjoy your first weeks as they are pure magic even if your a a bit stressed and sleep deprived. Best advice I was ever given with my first is sleep when baby does and it was certainly what got me through lol

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    Goldie I am so very sorry to hear your news. Take care and be kind to yourself over the next few weeks until you meet with your FS and I hope you get the answers you need. Wishing you all the very best.

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    Nelle, so pleased to hear Emelia is doing well, fingers crossed for the weight gain but as she is feeding well I am sure it will be a positive result.

    Mumstheword, welcome to our thread. In my opinion there is no "right age" to do this, just go with your heart and I believe that Mr right will come around with or without a beautiful child in your life. It is great to hear you have a supportive friend that you can share your feelings with, I have been blesssed with the same and it has made everything so much easier. My FS advised me when I first went to the office that in your early 20's is the best age to freeze eggs for the future as well so if you decide to wait a little longer this is also an option, I certainly wish I had known this earlier in my life.

    Question: Ladies I am having a little dilema at the moment which is keeping me up at night. When I met with my FS last week he was super positive about my low risk result (1 in 3500 ish) for Downs however highlighted the risk that their is still a 1 in 160 chance of Downs for my age (37) and advised I should think more on whether I should have the amniocentesis test done in the next few days. I am hesitant to get the test down with such low risk results from the blood test and scan due to the 1 in 100/200 risk of m/c with the test and worried if it happened I would find it dificult to fall pregnant again. Can anyone give me any advice as all I got was "it's up to you if you have the philosophy of having a cup half full or half empty and he is more the half empty type"- not much help here! thanks

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    lily.. you have to do what you feel is good for you... would you worry through the pregnancy not knowing. If the amnio came back positive..what would you do?? these are all the questions you neeed to ask yourself.
    I had an amnio and it is not a big thing at all... the risk of miscarrage is very dependant on the operator and most risk is less than the natural miscarriage risk... so if you do decide to do one I would try and do it with a fetal medicine specialist at your hospital... where they do them all the time.. I had mine done with the FM people in a public hospital and they were just fantastic. I was very relieved with the results. My risk was 1:39 prior nuchal scan to 1:79 post nuchal scan... so for me it was a no brainer decision, and I will do it again if I fall pregnant
    I hope this helps.... feel free to ask me any questions.

    goldie...sorry to hear that you had a chemical pregnancy...it does really suck to be so close and then so far... but on the bright side it was a very good result for your first ivf... so now you are primed for your bfp on the next go !!!

    nelle...so glad that you are happy and everything is going so well. good for you wanting a 3rd child. The joys of starting young

    mumstheword... welcome to this thread.. you wil find lots of answers and what the others say is pretty spot on. I was not ready at your age...due to university and career committments... and really did not think about this route until my 40s..way toooooo late..


    chugging along.... start lucrin next week...eek... 3 weeks and the show will be on the road..wow.

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    Hi girls warning this is a me post!!! well I had my app and Nick said he's throwing the book at me with filigrastim and saizen and melatonin + the Colorado protocol!!! So I'm up for one hell of an expensive round this time as the filigrastim is $1400 and he said saizen is $200 each and I will need 10!!! It's so god dam expensive plus the $2000 I have just spent on the stem cell!! Well the mortgage just goes up and up!! We also said we may freeze them depending on how they are going to allow my body to recover!! Oh and he's going to do pet on the day which is where they inject something(I have forgotten) into my uterus on the day of transfer to stimulate it!!!

    Micca do u use the saizen or melatonin?? If yes do you know what they do?

    Hello everyone I hope your all doing ok??? Xxx

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    leanne..woohoo... go the FS,,
    Yes Im on melatonin, dhea and insositol...
    I take the saizen as well and yes its expensive... Ive got 8 vials...
    ok
    melatonin... powerful antioxidant.. levels are found in the fluid around the eggs and it is thought that low levels of melatonin can lead to poor quality eggs... so hence the supplement...dose is usually 3mg although in aus can only get 2mg tabs.
    Saizen.. human growth factor... improves the egg and embryo quality at a cellular level and keeps working after embryo transfer..

    I have the lipoidal flush in the cycle prior to the cycle to stimulate the uterus.and an endometrial biopsy which stimulates implantation...if you have time maybe ask if you can have it done.... usually done day 21ish prior to the cycle...

    my flush and biopsy is being done end august... 6 days prior to my stimming...
    so I just have to stay well for that... thank goodness I had a flushot this year as there is so much flu around. DD is sick at the moment so I hope this will be our last one for a while.

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    Mumstheword - welcome to our single ladies thread. I wish I had started much earlier and had the courage to go it alone sooner. All the very best for your journey. Ask whatever questions you like. You'll know when the time is right. You'll probably get sick of everyone telling you, you have time on your side. But thankfully you do If you're just setting out and in the exploration phase of going it alone, maybe give yourself some time to digest the information that's out there and think of the benefits of going it alone (and there are some!) but also the benefits of going through this with someone special. All the very best.

    Nelle - so glad you're home with Emelia. I hope her weigh in was successful. About the only time in a girl's life where you hope to put on weight! lol

    Hope - I'm sure you're over the moon still about your new Mummy status. I hope Molly is going well

    Lily - Difficult choice with the amnio. It terrifies me too, but as Micca pointed out you need to decide what you'd do either way. If there's no plan to terminate, then getting the amnio may not be a priority - though it can help you prepare and seek information on extra services you may need. I've heard that the current rates of pregnancy loss after amnio is about 1 in 1500. Previous stats hadn't taken into account natural pregnancy loss in the equation It also depends as Micca said on how many amnios the clinician has done. Search around and see what you think. The other thing is that if the soft markers of Downs aren't there - ie there's a nasal bone present etc. this may also provide some reassurance that things may be okay. Good luck!

    Leanne - OMG. Time to sell a kidney!! That is super expensive add ons to an already expensive cycle, but at least you can look back and say you tried absolutely everything! My FS would have conniptions if I even mentioned one of those extras!!! I hope it works for you hun - you've thrown absolutely everything at it.

    Goldie - so sorry to hear about your chem pregnancy. Take time to pamper yourself and relax before dusting yourself off to get back on the IVF rollercoaster.

    Micca - tick tock!

    AFM: Not so great news. Another blood test today and only slight increase in estrogen to 460 (Day 7 of stimming). Prog 1 and LH 10. Hoping if I can stim for quite a bit longer I may get one egg! My FS was upset for me and said she'd leave it to me to decide if I wanted to continue or not - which of course I am (kinda like a pitbull - not ready to let go yet!). Bearing in mind the buggered up start of my cycle with extraneous follicles hanging around, I suspect they have now gone and my body is just out of whack with timing for the actual cycle. In the meantime, still on the supersize me doses of Gonal

    Have a great weekend everyone!
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    Hi everyone
    Can anyone give me feedback on the FSDW site?? I was on another donation site but found some of the guys just wanted sex or their attitude to donating sperm was suspicious (in my opinion!).
    I am looking at doing IVF in a few months with a sperm donor through a Brisbane fertility centre but the costs are frightening and considering I am alreadya single Mum I have very limited savings. I am torn between whether to use the little money I have on IVF and another chance of having a much wanted baby, or putting it towards my 9 year old daughters security, who I already have and am thankful for! Am I being selfish for gamblling with my money when I already have a child??
    So any insight into this site would be great thanks for I am reluctant to join up!!
    Thanks


 

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