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    Well to be honest I cant remember if there was a sign there or not, I couldnt see it when I was there, I must have been in la la land...but I just google mapped it..and there it is...I see no shame in going for IVF, or donor, I just really want a baby and to have the opportunity to grow one in my belly, completing my life and making me feel like a woman. In my culture there is pride in fertility and I feel really incomplete until I make my own family. I hope that I have this opportunity, I'm still scared since I have one more beta on Tuesday and pray that the numbers have gone up significantly.
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    I do suggest you ask Serum exactly who will be treating you as I have heard some bad stories from some girls I have met on here, hence my reason to go to Embryoland.

    Its up to each person, but I felt very comfortable with Dr Kanakas, so I went with my instinct. It is up to you to decide. I was originally going to Cape Town Fertility but I couldn't find an egg donor I liked that was proven. I was so annoyed since I really wanted to go to South Africa cause I've never been to Africa and it sounded so exciting !! Going on safari etc.

    When I rang and Dr Kanakas he said he would choose someone for me, that I look Greek anyway and not to worry !! I was excited since it took the pressure off my mind and I quickly chose a sperm donor and started my mission..

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    Hey Yasna - where can I find the thread that has people who have been to Serum? I've never found any (except this one) but I'm no tech guru! I'd be interested to hear/read those negative stories as my experience was so flawless. I have heard great things about Cape Fertility too - a few friends have been there and now have gorgeous bubba's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vixjc View Post
    Hey Yasna - where can I find the thread that has people who have been to Serum? I've never found any (except this one) but I'm no tech guru! I'd be interested to hear/read those negative stories as my experience was so flawless. I have heard great things about Cape Fertility too - a few friends have been there and now have gorgeous bubba's.
    Hey there Vixjc, are you in Greece? Since its 238am and my phone just woke me up with you posting a message? I thought you were in Australia? There is no thread about Serum, i spoke to a few girls about it over the telephone.

    I must put phone on silent now, since I get notifications when people post.

    Im not going to harp on about which clinic is better, just my real experience with Embryoland. Ill leave it at that. Hope i can get back to sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    Weird - I posted that about 9:30pm I think (I'm in Melb), but I'm up feeding now (3:00am) - yawn! I don't think either clinic is better, just different :-). Good luck getting back to sleep! Maybe it's training for those uncomfortable last months of pregnancy and early morning feeds to come :-)

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    I didn't even consider Serum. I spoke with a woman who had bad experience, from memory one of the issues was uncertainty over costs which kept changing Nd poor treatment. I just dismissed it immediately after that.

    too much at stake to take any risks. Also having been to one of the best doctors in Queensland I wouldn't have been satisfied dealing with a nurse.

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    Hey lovely ladies,

    for those of you deciding where to go, just thought I'd share my experience. At the end of the day it's a personal choice about who you feel the most comfortable with. As we all know stress is no friend to fertility!

    I had 7 ivfs in Australia at various clinics. I must say it was pretty horrible & disheartening. Then I accidentally came across a couple of blogs & bingo o/s donor eggs was suddenly real & possible.

    I found a uk site which raved about Serum & Embryoland. I also looked at various other places, South Africa, Russia, USA, Prague but somehow Greece seemed the most user friendly & cost efficient.

    I then contacted both Serum & Embryoland.

    For me the stats, the doctors ( I concur with Vinjx, Serum definitely uses doctors & yes Penny's husband is a doctor as well as an embryologist - 2 for the price of 1!) & price were very similar. The decision then came down to personal choice.

    I decided on Serum as Penny was so lovely, professional & prompt in her responses. I felt that she REALLY cared about me & whether I got my so desired baby. She cried, laughed & helped me through every moment.

    I am happy to say I am 7 weeks pregnant, thanks to Serum & am off to have my first scan at the end of the week.

    I understand how hard, scary & stressful making a decision is. It feels like if you make the wrong one you might NEVER get that longed for baby, not to mention the wasted time & money!!!!

    All I can say is trust YOUR GUT!

    Even though we share a common experience, our journeys will slightly vary.

    Good luck & wishing you all much success & happiness


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    Just want to pop back on as I have been to a clinic in Athens for my first d/e try. I've never been to serum but will be going there for my lining check when I go to the Czech Republic for my fet next year, although Penny isn't a qualified fertility doctor she has managed to get many woman pregnant where other professionally trained and top of the field fertility specialists haven't, you just need to go on to the serum thread on the uk site and read how many ladies are happy with serum, I for example went to a very popular Greek clinic and would never go back to that clinic, I don't even think they transferred anything to be quite honest, and I know of 10 other ladies that have been to the same clinic and were told exactly the same thing as me, and all had bfn's. I didn't return to that clinic and you only need to see the amount of ladies who return to serum over and over again because they're very happy with the serum experence. Every clinic will have ladies that are not happy with their experience, it's great to get both sides and then just go with who feels right for you, if any ladies are finding it difficult to choose clinics I would suggest taking a quick peek on the fertility friends uk site and have a read up there as there are many ladies going to many different clinics so you may get a better feel for certain clinics as this thread is teeny in comparison, and also remember while feed back can be helpful it's also good to contact each clinic yourself and see how they respond to you and your individual circumstances and make your decision from how you feel great news on all the positive cycling news

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    Default Egg Donation in Greece

    I agree completely Stacey and Dette :-)

    Good luck with your cycle in the Czech Republic! So exciting! I've heard some great things about it for donor eggs. And what an awesome place to visit for a cycle too - although if I was there more than two or three days I would come back the size of a mini-van :-))). I think I'm a food tourist ...
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    Good luck for that scan Dette! That first one is so nerve racking, but I'm feeling really positive for you that this Christmas will be a sleep deprived one for you :-D.
    Keep us updated and join us on the over 40 ivf/de and parenting thread when you're ready x

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    Default Egg Donation in Greece

    Quote Originally Posted by brimrush View Post
    Oh thanks for the info Vixjc. Hope you don't mind me asking, but are you using frozen eggs/embryos from your last donor cycle or do you start again with another donor? Just wondered how it works? Also what is the rough costs for a donor cycle at Serum?

    Its great to know that hubby can fly out earlier to give his sample!
    I'm using frozen embryos from a second donor cycle, we chose to donate the remaining embryos from our first donor cycle - but could have frozen them for next time if we wanted to. Once it was clear that my pregnancy was going to stick we got our same donor to do a second cycle and from that we have frosties. Our first cycle I received a fresh transfer - Penny timed the donor so that I would be in Greece when the blasties got to 5 days. This time they'll just defrost them when I get there. It's so handy being able to do really quick trips rather than long stays and it was easier for us for dh to do a flying visit to give a sample for freezing. The cost depends on exchange rate of course, but in euro's it was 5000 for the cycle plus about 300 for some blood tests, and it probably cost about 50 euro for me to stock up on enough meds to get me through the first trimester (I take monster doses of meds). I think I worked out that the with flights, accomodation, meds, scans here etc, the cycle cost AUD$12-14,000.
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