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    Hi Donna, Thank you so much for the information. I have found global egg donors to be very expensive compared to the others. However they have been great with communication.

    January, I don't want to scare you but my FS said you don't know what you are getting in SA. However my counselllor is also South African and she has said that is ridiculous that there are strict guidelines and medical protocols that must be followed so I'm sure it is absolutely fine. There are so many stories on this thread alone that prove that is not the case. I think he is just being cautious as he has not been to any of these clinics and worries about the outcome for me as his clinic have been treating me for 12 years. He will only recommend clinics he has been to which is Conceptions Centre in Hawaii. However they are very expensive and we cannot afford them so I hope he understands when I tell him we are going to SA.

    Crystal, welcome. I too am new and planning to go to SA in June/July. We can go through this journey together

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    Thank you and yes we can do this journey together

    I've had 3 failed IVF cycles, the first was cancelled due to low folliies, the second I got 3 eggs with 0 fertilization and my last cycle I got 4 eggs again with 0 fertilzation. My FS wanted me to do a cycle of natural IVF but said he thought it wouldn't be an improvment. I've declined and have gone to my GP and she's set up all the tests required and will prescribe the meds etc.

    I agree about South Africa the donors are tested etc so I'm sure its fine. I haven't read anything bad about the donors or resulting children. I'd love to go to a Hawaiin clinic but its just too expensive for us.

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    Hi Ladies,

    still reading along here in the bleachers - Jennielee I have everything crossed for you and that the embies are super embies!

    Congrats everyone else who has at last got their BFP's my heart soars when I read this news when I check in on you all.

    I'm on my final down reg cycle here - and should know by mid April if we will be moving on to donor eggs in SA - if it were up to me I'd be going there now, but DH wants to give it one more go (and our last cycle was such a disaster with no eggs at pick up that the FS is offering us a discounted cycle )

    Anyway - I'm already forward planning... DH is still trying to get his head around the donor egg thing - but I think he's slowly but surely getting there. We were at a family birthday on Friday night and had to get his mum to sign our IVF consent forms and we told the family this was our last IVF try and he said and if that doesn't work I think it's donor eggs in South Africa... I'm easing off for now and will see what this next cycle brings.

    Also I'm sure you've all seen it but perhaps there are one or two who haven't but there is also a very long thread on going to SA on the UK fertility friends site - if you google it, it should show up.

    One thing that DH did ask me that I struggled to answer was íf we are getting ok embryo's at the moment why haven't we had success? And what is to say that using a donor will be any better - given that I'm almost 41 I'm thinking it's an embryo quality issue - am I right? How do I answer this question? I just think that younger eggs make for a better chance. I'll ask my FS, but what you do guys think?

    Anyway - thinking of you all and still watching on
    Em x

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    Emski just a quick reply as I'm off to an appointment. Can I ask how you know you are getting good quality embryo's? I know many clinics grade the embryo's but in reality this means nothing. Mine were consistently graded as A+. When I switched clinics the FS told me that the only way to know about an embryo's quality to is to perform CGH testing which will tell you if the embryo is chromosomally normal. The FS in SA said that if there are no sperm related issues then it all comes down to the eggs and the younger the eggs the better the embryo. Hope this helps.

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    Evening ladies,

    Thanks Abundance1, it is a bit of a leap of faith, but I know people who have done it and very happy with end result.

    Emski72 - I have known women in their 40s get eggs that are good quality blasts and do not go onto a pregnancy. These women have gone onto using young donor eggs and have gotten pregnant first go!!! Younger is definitely better when it comes to eggs as long as there are no other issues.

    January

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    Hello everyone,

    Just to say hi to all you ,wonderful, strong and unstoppable woman. My hope and love extend to you. Also, thanks so much for the information regarding SA egg donor....It has been very helpful.

    Like you all know, it hasn't been an easy journey. After many IVF attempts, two failed egg donor programs, two miscarriages (both 11 weeks ) and many other disappointments, we still hopeful that it might happen to us. Until the time runs out, which seems very close, we will keep trying.

    We are heading to SA around the 21st of march. Feeling extremely excited of the new possibilities... I gotta be positive

    Pixel, I thinks we will be around the same time in Johannesburg! Hope we can share ours journey in the future as a positive ones!! Best of luck to you and everyone o the saffariland egg donor journey!!

    Girandosol

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    Hi Ladies. Sorry haven't been hopping on the thread- wifi was down in our lodge
    thank you Donna, Feather, Cartia & everyone for your little words of hope.
    I have come to the conclusion- What will be, will be
    DH & I are actually now on holiday with Missleo & her DH! This thread provides wonderful things in more ways than we first imagine. Our transfers were 2 days apart. Our embies were different days old when transferred. So I am crossing fingers & everything for the both of us X
    we have stayed at Stillness Manor in Tokai district. Very relaxing & on a couple of acres. We then went to Franschoek which is a town and area you must go to. We stayed at Val D'or also very nice, just out of town. Then we moved to Tarragona Lodge which again is a country lodge and is very nice. We are now at a guest house in Hermanus, on the coast, 2 hours out of CT. We have felt very safe at all times. This is a fantastic holiday. Their seasons are the same as Oz.
    nicole- thankyou for thinking of meX how are you getting on?

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    Emski, I was told the same as the other ladies that the grading of the embryo could not tell them the quality of the egg, but the younger the egg the better the embryo if that makes sense. I have the same worry as you though, I'm 38 and had a blighted ovum and 2 chemicals all back to back last year so I worry maybe its me. Funnily enough I had 0 fertilize with IVF but did get pregnant naturally 3 times.
    My FS said because I have 2 kids (15&16) then it probably isn't with me carrying them it would be egg quality. I do worry though I haven't been on BC of any kind since before my DS and he's now 15, when I asked FS about that he just said it was likely egg quality and since I wasn't actively trying then they couldn't say it was infertility. I was only in my early twenties when I had my son. I understand your worries, but if a FS is saying it should be fine then go with that


    Jennilee, good luck!!! I'm glad you feel safe, my DH keeps mentioning safety.

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    wow lots going on here.

    Jenilee - great to hear from you. When is your BT and when are yuo due back in aussie? It sounds like you are having a great holiday. We were there about ten years ago we did overland safari from Narobi to Capetown and had a fantastic time. We felt very safe in Capetown - you do take usual precuations as you would when travelling in any of those countries. Also the most amazing calamari is at this hotel at bottom of Tablemountain - I cant remember the name but if you google best calamari in capetown you will find it.

    We are still looking at possibly June. We are currently doing prob final IVF cycle at the mo. I am a bit annoyed wth my FS I again raised donor eggs with him the other day and he keeps brushing me off saying youve still got options. I am wondering about not telling him about going to Capetown and just get scans and BTs done through my GP and come back to him as an OB when hopefully we are pregnant!

    I hope everyone is going well and welcome to the newbies.

    I also look at the fertility friend thread which is very helpful.

    We are looking at gift ov life and they have been very helpful with their information and getting back to me.

    Have a good day all.

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    Hi Midnite....wow, so many of us are planning June/July. I understand the FS issues you are facing. I have not gone back to mine since my last failed transfer. We have had one cancelled cycle, one failed IUI, one 12w m/c, one blighted ovum, one BFN. One frosty left but heading to CT instead. My donor here was 33 and had 3 children, the youngest was 5. I think my FS would be relieved to have me off his books... as I am 45, he thinks of me as an all over red rover kinda thing. Still took our money though!!!!
    I have learnt now that we have choices and the choice should be ours not some body else's so you do what feels right to you. My GP has been awesome in getting the stuff done for CT so I say do whatever it takes.
    Donna x


 

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