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    Hi Beta,

    Thank you for getting back to me and sharing your experience. We've tried a naturopath who supposably specialises in infertility and have helped many women conceive. I've never been to one before, but when you're desperate, you try everything and anything. I decided we'd both go and see him with the idea to improve DH sperm quality ( and that it won't hurt if I go as well). It was $500/month and after 4 months we did another sperm test and not one number has changed. We decided not to pursue this anymore.

    I also did acupuncture with my first two stim cycles and while I can't say it doesn't help with implantation, I do believe it can't help you get pregnant unless you've transferred a healthy embryo. I think the acupuncture was approx $400/cycle. I didn't know hardly anything then and looking back I am disappointed that neither acupuncturist or naturopath discussed all these with me and happily took our money.

    Having said that I would still go and see a chinese doctor if proven he can really help me. If you don't mind, could you reply or PM me his details and I will make an appointment.

    I am also taking a 3 month break ATM, I'll see Lynn on 14 Feb. It would be great if I could go and see the chinese doctor and start with whatever he prescribes me.

    I get it totally re the support after the BFP. I found MIVF totally unacceptable with the way they run their things. I understand that they need to have procedures in place to deal with everyone, and this may work when doing a couple of cycles, but for someone like me, who has been through 6 cycles and have been so traumatised by the whole experience, have spend $$$ (I did 3 antagonist cycles with PGD testing and 3 antagonist without PGD testing) and still doesn't have all the answers why it hasn't happened yet, it is not enough to call me and say "unfortunately it's a negative this time, goodbye".

    I am glad to hear Lynn's having a more personal approach. I find I'm more anxious with each subsequent cycle and would love to have a doctor/nurse that gets that and offers me more support. I'm really happy I finally decided to move on with her and so very hopeful I will have similar experience to yours. How is that with your sister, pregnant at 44 woohoo!!!!

    I've read about the DHEA and would definitely give it a go if Lynn thinks it could help me. Apparently it works for women over 35 that don't have PCOS. I'm 34 and have PCO, but no other related issues such as problems with ovulation. In fact, up until recently I didn't even know I had PCO. It will be interesting to see Lynn's take on that. I will also ask about the HA-ICSI, I've read quite a bit on BH, but haven't tried it yet ourselves.

    I'm size 10, pretty healthy, though there are lifestyle choices I can definitely work on and improve. I signed up for 12 week body transformation to get myself fit and healthy, but more so to focus my mind on things other than IVF. I've also asked my GP to recommend me a psychologist I can go and see, so I'll have someone ready to talk to when need it and get a different perspective rather than dwelling on things myself.

    I agree I'm still "young" for IVF and time is definitely on our side. I hope we get the BFP sooner rather than later, so we can move on with life and continue where we stopped a few years ago.

    Who is your OB? Are you having a natural birth or C section?


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    Default Lynn Burmeister Monash IVF - feedback wanted please

    Hi Lena, for some reason I can't pm you, you aren't available for email. Can you pm me?

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    I've done cycles with and without exercising right through to transfer, and it doesn't seem to be making any difference. I had a lady at home that did a feng shui, I've been meditating recently, and try and practice visualisation and positive thinking, so I'm trying different things, but it doesn't seem to make any difference, except giving me piece of mind that I've tried different things and go to bed without having regrets that I shouldn't have done this or that.

    At one stage I thought I might had issues with immune system and even got in touch with Dr. Beer clinic. My new specialist run a series of blood tests and all came back negative, so I dismissed that, apart from the elevated NK cells and think that my main issue right now is egg quality. I'll see what Lynn will say and whether there's anything else out there I haven't been tested for.

    I'm having a professional job and a year ago I quit my stressful job and accepted a new one where I'm a lot more supported and less stressed out...

    What's your opinion on decaf coffee? I love coffee and am down to one real one and then I would have a decaf one. Should I drop it all together?

    I hardly eat any sweets, take away food, etc, but I do have a few wines/week when not cycling. I might go back on maca and goji berries, given I still have a few boxes at home . I was taking these before cycles no. 3 and 4 and with both I got one genetically normal embryo

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    Just did, let me know if you don't get an email

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    Default Lynn Burmeister Monash IVF - feedback wanted please

    Emailed you

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    Default Lynn Burmeister Monash IVF - feedback wanted please

    Just saw your above post... Re caffeine, it was the hardest thing for me to get rid of but it's a no no in Chinese medicine for egg quality so I cut it out. Alcohol I definitely cut out but this wasn't such a biggy for me. I even got married and didn't drink! my way of coping was to go cold turkey with everything.
    Getting dh to stop alcohol was a major problem and i was very ****ty about it.
    I now take an organic Swiss water processed decaf from northcote and it tastes great. To get me to cut stuff out I downloaded the following kindle books:
    Mayo clinic guide to a healthy pregnancy
    Boost your fertility Marilyn Grenville
    The TAO of fertility -really good
    Herbal remedies for fertility, what to take and why
    And more, basically anything to do with IVF and diet, Chinese meds etc I downloaded.
    Sounds like you are really on the very best path. Lynn should tie it all together

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    Default Lynn Burmeister Monash IVF - feedback wanted please

    Hi There,
    I just wanted to jump in here as I too was with MIVF (Dr Najjar).
    He blamed our infertility on DH & his abnormal sperm morphology. He said I was perfectly healthy & nothing wrong, he actually guaranteed me pregnancy! He overdosed me on Gonal F, I ended up with OHSS & had 20 eggs at EPU, all but 3 were of really poor quality, when I asked for an explanation I was told "it's just how it is". I became pregnant, they never tested my progesterone, hcg only & told me to stop crinone, I miscarried
    Again no answers, just "it happens"
    & last two transfers failed.
    I decided to research & Lynn came highly recommended! She was fantastic, we got more out of her in 30 mins then we did in 6 months with MIVF!! She advised based on my DH sperm issue that after a couple of years she thought I should have had a natural chance by now... She ordered tests, including a laparoscopy , which resulted in MORE ANSWERS, I had mild endo (removed) & mild PCOS. Lynn advised me to take clomid for 6 months following & if not pregnant by Nov then it would be back to ICSI with HA for us. Our appointment is mid Jan & I can't wait to get started. I feel so confident she will have my baby in my arms by next NYE!
    Best of luck & please feel free to message me at anytime!

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    Default Lynn Burmeister Monash IVF - feedback wanted please

    That didn't make sense did it?
    Out of 20, only 3 made it to fertilization but were not a good grade. Lynn said they were grown too fast probably!

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    Default Lynn Burmeister Monash IVF - feedback wanted please

    Good luck! I've seen you around BH, may 2013 be your year

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    20 is absurd!


 

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