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    Default Egg Donation in Greece

    Oooh Dette! PUPO!!! How many do you have on board??? Do you have any frosties? I'm so freakin excited for you!

    How did you go this morning Yasna?

    Wet Setter - might be a bit hard to avoid progynova I think, it helps lining, not throws it out. Chances are your lining will be fine, most women have no problems at all, in fact I only know of one person other than me and Yasna that has had teething issues with the lining. Cross that bridge if you get to it - chances are you won't have to!

    As for things to do in Athens, my favourites are:
    1. Eat :-)
    2. Walk up to the Acropolis in the early morning
    3. The Acropolis museum - just stunning
    4. Walk the botanic gardens
    5. Use the hop on hop off bus
    6. Three islands day tour (make sure you buy a big bag of pistachios)
    7. The foodies walking tour is awesome
    8. Shopping - lots of different places to do that
    9. Watch the changing of the guards at Parliament House.

    If you want to travel away from Athens for a few days, of course the islands are great, also Thessaloniki is lovely - and the 5 hour train ride is interesting and relaxing. You could also catch the bus down through Kalamata to gythion (spelling?!) it's a lovely spot and interesting bus trip. Or you could fly to another European city eg Istanbul, few a few days - such a short flight and lots to do there too.

    Frances - I can't wait to hear how your next trip goes, I foresee a rush of beautiful bubba's on this thread!
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    Oh - when it came to flights, I just booked standard flights, I knew I could manage the drugs to get me over the line, and it all came together. I ended up flying home a day or two early but it only cost $70 to change the flight (Qatar airways).

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    Sorry - forgot to respond about clexane - I'm not aware of being a clotter, I think the clexane was just routine for my age group. But really, it's only a little stingy at the time, and that's it. It could be worse! Eg the progesterone injection. It's actually one of the easier meds, no mixing required, no dialling the right dose, no weird side effects (except for the odd bruise), no mess (like pessaries - God I hate pessaries). So try not to worry about the clexane too much, it's not a biggie in the scheme of all this fertility/pregnancy business - and besides, it's SO worth it :-)))

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    Me too about the clexane I don't have factor 5 clotting disorder, but will be on clexane. It's been shown to help the placenta attach to the uterus, also helps the embryo implant.
    Ive been told I'm alittle bit of a clotter but not too bad. Clexane isn't the worst OMG those patches this time awful!!! Pessaries urgh I bought up on the Greek ones you can take orally. But the girls at Serum still told me still needed to insert some too.

    Thanks Vixjc, still heaps in Athens I've not done.
    DH had the sooks up about the museum, not getting away with it this time lol.

    As for flights, the first time we allowed extra days, just in case. But Penny had everything worked out, perfectly.

    This time we just have not booked flights home, so we will see how long things take.
    We hope to see even more this time.
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    hey girls !

    Well my lining is being slack, with a maximum of 6.9....

    Dr Wazza has told me to stretch it out and keep going on the same protocol, and has added some nitro-dur patches and I'm starting on clexane 60mg tonight...He wants me on viagra and trentel too,(whatever that is) but I'm not going there, sticking with the basics.

    He told me to get a scan on Wednesday next week, but I spoke to Dr Nikos and I'm going to pay and get one done on Monday at 4pm.....

    This is freeking torture !!!

    Oh well, like mum said babies come when they want, not when you want..so I guess I'll just be patient...

    Thanks for the Greek tips Vixjc!! I hope I can make use of your valuable recommendations. SOOOOON !!!!
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    thankyou for all the great tips Vixjc, the travel tips sound great! Thx also for the tips on drugs too - seems my bright ambitions of leaving the IVF drugs behind is just not possible. So best to embrace the reality I guess.

    all the best Yasna, as you said sooooon - it will happen

    I thought I would share my dilemma. I thought I was going to go with Embryoland but I spoke with Penny last night and she seems lovely and seemed more thorough with the approach than Embryoland. She suggested I fly over for 2 days get a hysteroscopy with implantation cuts (due to past issues of endo and inflammation). Her reasoning is that we give it the best shot - whcih makes so much sense but along with the added cost of 2 flights I am also really apprehensive of getting it done in a foreign country (and whether travel insurance will cover me). Part of me thinks I'll chance it and not get it done but I know if it doesnt work i will be thinking I should have got it done.
    I think I am just a bit scared of getting it done there, has anyone here done a hysteroscopy in Athens? Or here in Australia?

    Many thanks

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    Wet Setter - Penny is great hey :-). It was the first time I really felt someone from the ivf medical community was as invested in getting me pregnant as I was. Penny does prefer you get your stuff done there - that way she can ensure its done properly. Which I understand, and that's fine when you're travelling from the UK, but harder from Aus! She was the same about my Aquascan but I had that done here and just made sure someone VERY experienced did it. Hysteriscopy and scratch is more involved though, and more important. So I reckon, if you can afford it, go there, Penny will make sure you get great care. But if it's pushing the limits of what's feasible, then see if you can't get a cooperative and very good FS/gyno to do it for you here.

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    Thanks Vixjc
    yes she did seem lovely and for the first time in this whole IVF journey a medical practioner has also said 'go with your heart'. Very holistic and nice to hear. Even DH preferred her to Embryoland as she seemed more thorough.

    I have read on UK Fertility friends this morning lots of ladies going and it seems relatively small procedure but as you said they are flying in from the UK, our trip is a little longer.....

    thx again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yasna View Post
    hey girls !

    Well my lining is being slack, with a maximum of 6.9....

    Dr Wazza has told me to stretch it out and keep going on the same protocol, and has added some nitro-dur patches and I'm starting on clexane 60mg tonight...He wants me on viagra and trentel too,(whatever that is) but I'm not going there, sticking with the basics.

    He told me to get a scan on Wednesday next week, but I spoke to Dr Nikos and I'm going to pay and get one done on Monday at 4pm.....

    This is freeking torture !!!

    Oh well, like mum said babies come when they want, not when you want..so I guess I'll just be patient...

    Thanks for the Greek tips Vixjc!! I hope I can make use of your valuable recommendations. SOOOOON !!!!

    Yasna,

    Wazza has certainly pulled out the big guns now. Ive heard of other ladies who had used the viagra to get the blood following to the lining.

    So hope Monday brings you some great news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wet setter View Post
    Thanks Vixjc
    yes she did seem lovely and for the first time in this whole IVF journey a medical practioner has also said 'go with your heart'. Very holistic and nice to hear. Even DH preferred her to Embryoland as she seemed more thorough.

    I have read on UK Fertility friends this morning lots of ladies going and it seems relatively small procedure but as you said they are flying in from the UK, our trip is a little longer.....

    thx again
    Hi Wet Setter,

    Vixjc has pretty much said what I was going to say already.

    Ive had my hystersocpy and scratch done a few weeks ago. My FS did not charge above the medicare rebate, and with PHI it cost me nothing. Is this an option for you ??

    The ladies from the UK I meet who were going over to Athens for the same type of operations etc. were going there as they could not get the treatment at home. Or it was cheaper than the UK as they mostly did not get it under the NHS etc.
    The 3 I spoke to in the waiting room etc, all had very positive experiences and thought the care they got was better than at home.

    But as Penny said to me, its so far to come for day surgery.

    Like it was already said, I was just careful of who I got to do the procedure and very supportive of what I was doing.
    Penny just wanted some detailed reports and some pictures so she could review for my next cycle.
    I also liked Serums immune protocool, which is similar to what my FS here have me done before.

    So now we are going back to Dubai, on the way over and seeing more things in Greece this time.
    We missed out of quite a few things so, we will spend the time on doing these things. No excuses about the Museum from my DH this time either!!

    Good Luck


 

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