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    Hi ladies....I meant to ask after my appointment at Westmead 2 weeks ago. Did anyone else almost get tripped up with the BMI or thyroid requirements? Although Westmead's BMI cutoff is 35, my specialist (Rachel Bradbury) said her personal cutoff for treatment is 30. Also there is a thryoid level cutoff which is 2.5 (which is actually right in the middle of what is considered the "normal" range. Mine was slightly over and I've been asked to have more testing done. I don't think these limits were mentioned in any paperwork I got beforehand. Anyone else get tripped up on these?

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    Hi twocam. I am with Rachel to. When I first saw her, her BMI cut off was 32. So I got a first cycle in just (I was slightly over ) my second fresh cycle I had to wait 4 months because I had to loose weight as I had put on a couple of kilos.
    Every FS is different and will have different guidelines they personally run by. Rachel is very big on weight.
    I also had my thyroid tested twice.. But it was ok in the end.
    Hope this helps... I kind of waffled on.

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    Hi Twocam

    I never had anything said about my weight. I had a BMI of 31 I think when I first started and I put weight on each cycle so my last cycle I had a BMI of 33 or 34 I think? I am very tall, was fairly fit and in proportion so not sure if that made a difference? I had two FS and neither said anything. Just said to try and keep walking. Dr fong actually said not to go on a diet! Just exercise etc. I didnt have high insulin or anything like that though and no POCS .

    The thyroid stuff is interesting. I never heard there was a cut off for this? When I switched to Dr Fong though she picked up that I had hashimotos which I had no idea about!! She put me on thyroid meds and once my levels came down I got my BFP! First cycle on the meds and first cycle (FET, after my fresh transfer) with doctor Fong! I think those meds made all the differnce for me. My two cycles previously nothing took.

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    Oh and Dr Fong is also an endocrinologist and told me for someone trying to get pregnant 2.5 was the very top of the ok level. I think mine got down to 1.6 which was to her the right range for pregnancy. Im still on the meds and have to get my levels checked throughout my pregnancy and meds adjusted as needed xx

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    I've heard Bradbury is one of the strictest on weight. I chose Dr Fong because I didn't want to be harping on about it constantly. There are reasons for higher weights, especially with PCOS. I was between 33-34 BMI when I started. (lordy, I'd hate to think of what I am now.)

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    I'm with you mrsjag.. I know I've put some back on after the last two cycles but am scared to get on the scales. I wasn't aware of the weight restrictions when I started and though I love Rachel I probably would have gone someone else if I knew... With my PCOS and other junk. But hey I'm healthier now because of her and got my BFP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JemJems View Post
    I'm with you mrsjag.. I know I've put some back on after the last two cycles but am scared to get on the scales. I wasn't aware of the weight restrictions when I started and though I love Rachel I probably would have gone someone else if I knew... With my PCOS and other junk. But hey I'm healthier now because of her and got my BFP.
    That's the main thing! I understand weight is important, but if it was as easy as being <30 BMI & BAM, IVF working, we'd all be pregnant, wouldn't we? There are SO many factors in getting lucky enough for things to work.

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    Thanks Lilly, Mrs Jag & JemJems... is anyone else having trouble putting new paras into their posts? I have to type in another program & then cut'n'paste into here, otherwise everything is on big para.
    On the health stuff - phew glad to know I'm not the only one
    Dr Bradbury is also an endocrinologist, she suspects I may have Hashimotos as I have another health condition that is often co-morbid. The Australian range for 'normal' thyroid levels are 1.0 - 4.4. But as Lilly said, for conception apparently 2.5 is considered the upper cutoff as implantation is significantly impacted above that level. My level came back slightly higher at 2.7 and I've had to have it tested again. Since I haven't heard anything back from Dr B I assume we're still going ahead with this cycle though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsjaguar View Post
    I've heard Bradbury is one of the strictest on weight. I chose Dr Fong because I didn't want to be harping on about it constantly. There are reasons for higher weights, especially with PCOS. I was between 33-34 BMI when I started. (lordy, I'd hate to think of what I am now.)
    Eeeeek - Mrs Jag. Just saw your signature!!! Only four weeks to go. You must be SO excited!!!

    Yeah I have already put on about 4.5kg and and my BMI is now 34.8. Am so scared about what it will be by the end of the pregnancy! I have been freaking out about it, and my weigh ins at my OBS......the midwife just cracks up at me as I am always petrified of getting on her scales. I make such a big deal of it yet she just writes it down and moves on.
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    Crazy hey? I'm huge. Seriously huge. I'm ready for bub to arrive anytime in April, from 37 on!


 

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