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    helenmac is offline After 3 yrs of tcc I've got a BFP!
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    Laned - You can always hire a doppler to keep with you at home so you can use it whenever you want! I did that when I was pregnant with my son and I gave me such enormous relief hearing the heart beat whenever I wanted!!! xx

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    Thanks Helen, I am actually thinking of buying one off ebay. If it's no good ill look at hiring one. Cheers. X

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    My ob actually advised against me getting a doppler as it can be hard at times to find babies heartbeat as they move position etc and you can sometimes hear the sound of blood flowing through the placenta or your own vessels rather than the heartbeat. He said it can cause more anxiety if you are already on the anxious side of things. I think for me it would worry the heck out of me if I couldn't find the heartbeat so I have made the decision not to use one.

    Having said that if you think it will reassure you go for it! Just be aware that the heartbeat might be hard to find. As Helen said it gave her a lot of relief hearing the babies heartbeat.

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    Hello

    Long term stalker - first time poster on this thread I'm so thrilled to read that many of you are on your way to fulfilling your dreams.

    I've been on Bubhub for about 18 months now and after a loss in January to Trisomy 18, I decided to do multiple IVF cycles to stockpile embryos for chromosomal testing. Unfortunately, after 5 cycles I only had 11 embryos and I found out last week they were all abnormal. I currently have on board a Day 5 embryo and will find out Friday if I'm pregnant. FS believes it is likely abnormal too, though as it was collected over a year ago thought it was worth a go. Absolutely terrified. Anyway, it's likely that I'm looking at donor embryo now and as I'm sure you all realise the Clinic waiting lists are just extraordinary.

    I'm so grateful for the considerable amount of effort you've gone to in providing information about your personal experiences, good clinics, costs etc. in South Africa. So much ground work that newbies to this thread won't have to do. So thank you

    I just had a couple of questions. I'm single (Mr Right hasn't turned up yet!) and so only want to transfer one embryo at a time. I realise it may mean multiple visits back to SA, and although twins would be amazing, I have to be realistic about what I could cope with on my own. Looking at Cape Fertility, they have excellent success rates, but I'm wondering whether they prefer to always transfer two embryos? Also, what happens if you get there and the cycle doesn't work out and you have nothing to transfer? Do they allow you to make plans for any frozen embryos they may have available as a back up?

    Thanks for any advice!!

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    Wishmeluck , welcome. You can ask for one embryo transfer, you can ask for pretty much whatever you want to do, they are very accommodating. the docs generally know if you have a good one, one that under usual circumstances will work, they won't obviously guarantee it as they have no idea whether you have any little issues which could stop it from working. CFC have a big "pot" of frozen embies, if your donor cycle doesn't work you get to choose from there. Also if your frozen embies do not thaw properly you can also choose from that pot, should you wish, it saves us a wasted journey. These embies are collected from prior cycles, if a donor produces over 15 eggs, you get to keep the majority with the balance going into the pot, or if someone has completed their family I'm sure they donate the eggs to the pot for others. You don't lose out.

    Good luck with your 2ww fingers crossed.

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    JodiW, thanks so much for your reply. A relief to know they'll have something to transfer in the event the cycle doesn't work out quite as planned! Now I just have to make sure I keep up my end. I've had most of the usual tests done when I started IVF and no auto immune issues that I'm aware of. Will look at their website again to see if they recommend any other tests prior to starting

    Have a great Melb Cup day everyone

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    Hi Everyone,

    Thank you so much for a fantastic thread ladies .

    I have also been stalking around in the background after I found this thread when looking into traveling to Thailand. With all the info you fab ladies have supplied I have changed my interest to SA, I have been in contact with different agencies, clinics and sperm banks they have all been fantastic.

    I have a beautiful 5 yr old boy from a disaster of a relationship so have no interest in going down that path but dearly wish for my cherub to have a sibling/s so sperm donor for me but now after reading what JodiW has posted I will look into embryo donation also. Ladies you rock with info.

    Wishmeluck these are the test that Tami from Gift Ov Life said to get, some you may already have. I hope this helps: -

    Female Partner:
    Blood tests to be carried out
    • HIV I & II antibodies
    • RPR/VDRL/TPHA (Syphilis)
    • Hepatitis B surface antigen
    • Hepatitis C antibodies
    • Rubella IgG (immunity)
    • Day 3 FSH
    • TSH
    • Prolactin
    Transvaginal ultrasound scan of the pelvis

    *HSG (hysterosalpingogram) or hysteroscopy or saline infusion sonogram
    (* not compulsory but might be requested by your treating Doctor after reviewing your medical history and ultrasound scan result)

    *Laparoscopy report if available
    (* not compulsory but might be requested by your treating Doctor after reviewing your medical history)

    I am hoping to start my journey next year after my cherub has his tonsils, adenoids and turbinates removed.

    To everyone with BFP congratulation , to everyone on the journey good luck it will be your turn next .

    Cheers
    Babywish

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    Wishmeluck welcome to the thread! I know from being in the CGH thread how difficult your journey has been so I am send you positive vibes for SA. When you make contact with the clinic they will provide you with a questionnaire that tells you all the tests you require. It's basically what Babywish has posted (thanks Babywish).

    You don't need the Day 3 FSH though. I didn't know this and almost paid $300 in Aust to get it done but of course they don't really need to know your egg count when you're doing a donation cycle.

    You also need to have an up to date pap smear. Unfortunately/fortunately it was the SA questionnaire that forced me to get one done (I was about 6 months over due) and they found I had pre-cancer of the cervix (this year has been both the ****tiest and most wonderful year of my life). Anyway now I am a big nagger about getting pap smears.

    Babywish - Welcome also to the thread! It won't be long before next year hits and you are making your SA journey. Keep us all up to date.

    Hope everyone is else is well
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    Hi girls - hope you are all well!

    Summershine, Babywish & Wishmeluck - I just saw the post about FSH tests so gave my local contact a call (we are working with a specialist in Sydney to help coordinate with our agency and CFC as I am a little time poor!!) as they have also ordered one for me. Apparently you do need your Day 3 FSH...CFC require it. It's not an egg count (AMH), it's actually Oestradiol, Progesterone, FSH and LH...I believe it's to do with your baseline testing so they need to do it before they will give you your treatment protcol?

    Hope this helps!!

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    MissLeo is this your clinic in Sydney that requires it because CFC don't require it (unless they have changed in the last 12 weeks). I still have the email from the CFC coordinator which says "You do not need the day 3 FSH/ AMH test". I never got it done and it wasn't a problem for my cycle. Unless your local clinic is saying you have to have it, I would confirm with CFC because it costs a lot of money. I was quoted $300.
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