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    Congratulations Jodi!!! Fantastic news! It must have been very emotional to hear that beautiful heartbeat? I am reading lots of wonderful stories of many recipients getting pregnant on their 1st cycle with SA donated eggs, it is very encouraging. Can I ask how old was your ED?

    We are starting our ED cycle towards the end of October. I am on the OCP at the moment to synchronise my cycle with my sister (she is 34 and has 1 gorgeous DS already). So it's very exciting and while we are hopeful, there are no guarantees and we have all agreed she will only cycle once. Hence DH and I are keeping SA in the back of our minds as an option.

    We really feel that we have given everything to TTC with my eggs and 6 MC's later I have to see that the universe really is trying to tell us something! Over time I have been able to let go of the idea of using my own eggs but I just cannot let go of the dream of having a baby.

    I hope you are feeling well and that your pregnancy progresses uneventfully!

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    Hi Ladies,

    Jodi that is absolutely awesome news congratulations on seeing your little babies heartbeat, it starts to make it all real, Enjoy xxxx

    Just thought i'd do an update, We are going to SA in January for a donor cycle. Decided after much tooing and froing to leap off and go with faith. The things that I thought were going to be must haves in my donor ended up not being so important when weighing things up, I chose 1 donor who was the perfect one for me but unfortunately she had a medical history that the clinic didnt want to risk being passed on.

    So then it came down to 2 very similar girls neither who looked like me as children but as adults apparently have a similar resemblance. Personality and smiling eyes ended up doing it for me rather than being steadfast on all physical traits.

    Hair eyes etc same but petite and nose, eye shape and chest size all quite different

    Still it seemed right.

    So January it is as she is doing another Donation for another couple in Nov. She is a proven donor with 14 eggs 9 fert and twins resulted so what else could I ask for .

    So Starfish if your sister doesnt work out, jump off the precipice and go for it.

    But one draw back is DH has said one and only 1 chance, so I need to make it count.

    Jodi who was your FS at CFC?

    xx

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    Hi PeralHobbes

    So sorry its taken me a while to get back to you, work has been frantic and I couldn't send a reply from my phone grrr.

    Paul Le Roux was my consultant, lovely bloke, and his assistant Karin has the patience of an angel.

    Sounds like you have chosen a great donor. For me it was medical history and looks i.e same height, eye colour, and "cheek bones" according to my hubby LOL but you do have to keep in mind that the bub might just take after your DH anyway, some people have stronger genes.

    I wish you all the best, how exciting for you.

    When they send you the list of medications, you can get the oestradiol tablets here and triptoreline (its around $500 for the shot) I got a little confused and panicky because I was given an triptorelen embonate but its the same thing you just mix the liquid into the powder suck it back into the syringe, change the needle to the finer one and inject.

    Sorry for the spelling of the drugs they are no doubt wrong but you should hopefully understand when you get the list for the drugs through.

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    Hi Folks,
    We will be heading to SA this year if all goes to plan. We have picked a donor through baby2mom and will be going through Cape Fertility Clinic. Our donor had her first appointment last Thursday. It all feels a bit crazy (yet hopeful!) - my parents are highly alarmed as if I will be doing a transfer in some back alley. Can anyone tell me how it works on the recipient end? Jodi, did you start your drugs in Australia before going over and if so, how did you get them? My Australian specialist won't work with overseas doctors because of Australian law requiring known donors.
    Any advice is appreciated!

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    Hi another update, DH has pulled out all together absolutely does not want another child now, just been lulling me to keep me happy but he has devastated me, I really dont know If I want my marriage after this x

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    7.30pm same day as above DH just presented me with a contract of things I have to do for him to agree to go to SA for me, basically said I would do anything within reason & not prepared to sell my soul to the devil so we are off to SA gain.

    Have said will go without him if he changes his mind again xx

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    Now another thing does anyone know of any good Fert Clinics in Johannesburg and could they recommend a FS?

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    Hi PearlHobbes
    I don't know any in JoBerg but just wanted to say I am glad you are back on the donor wagon!

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    PearlHobbes, good to hear you are back on track. I was recommended Medifem when I was looking at using a J'burg donor. I couldn't find any recommendations anywhere and decided to choose another donor who could go to Cape Town

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    Chascabear

    The clinic will send you an email with a list of drugs to take and when to start taking them.

    Before the transfer:
    Oestradiol tablets are easy to obtain here and not very expensive, the Triptoreline or however its spelt the initial injection you need to take if you don't want to take synarel or lucrin daily can also be obtained here. I think I paid around $500 for the injection I got a generic brand and it said it was an embonate which set me into a panic but this is fine. You just need to mix the liquid with the powder and suck it back into the syringe again, change the needle to the finer needle then inject into your muscle, usually bum. If you have had pregnyl then you would know what I mean about mixing the stuff together.


    After the transfer:
    They will give you some progesterone injections and some crinone if you are with CFC. If you need more Gestone Progesterone injections these can be obtained from a chemist in Bondi Junction if you are in Sydney, if not speak to your local compounding chemist, its cheaper than importing the gestone from the UK (International Pharmacy). Crinone, I didn't need to buy but I did speak to my local cheapie chemist and I believe you can buy here no prob.

    What i would suggest if at all possible is for you to speak to your FS when you are in Cape Town. Ask about whether you can buy your drugs for the whole cycle (up to 10 weeks) in SA, its is way cheaper than sourcing in Australia and UK. They may do it, they may not.

    Once you donor has been seen the clinic will send you an email with the drugs and dates and how and when to take these drugs. You need to let them know when you will be in SA for your first appointment. This is usually a couple of days before the egg collection. They like to check to make sure you lining is a good depth. You can leave the swimmers at that appointment or go back on the day of the egg collection and leave the swimmers then which is what we did. The day of the egg collection is the day you start progestrone you continue taking the oestradiol. Then you have 3 - 5 days to wait for your transfer, the clinic will let you know how the eggs are doing each day. At the initial appointment the FS will have an idea of how many eggs there will be, and its usually 5 days before they transfer, if there are only a couple of eggs they transfer on day 3.

    Once you have your egg transfer you are free to leave the country the next day.

    Its such an exciting journey and I wish you all the best.

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