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    Abundance - my clinic here in Australia has a "no perfume" policy at transfer as it does affect the embryos. I believe it's more so for the embryologists as they are the ones who are directly exposed to the embryos when they check on them every couple of days. But, my acupuncturist also told me to avoid wearing perfume for about a week after transfer until implantation has occurred and everything has settled down. I think that the aluminum in deodorant is probably more harmful than the smell - but I personally could not bring myself not to wear deodorant. I'm a scent freak and am known for the perfume I wear - but I definitely abstained from wearing it for a week after my transfer.

    I swear by the pineapple. It might just be a fluke, but I have done it for my last two cycles and both were BFP for me.

    Well - today is our big day. Fingers crossed. Hopefully we get some good news at our scan this afternoon?

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    Good luck rainbow and congratulations in advance! Can't wait to find I if you have one or two little beats happening

    Abundance I know your situation well, last cycle my BT fell on Easter Saturday I did a home test on the Thursday before and got a faint line, I kept testing each day and the line never got dark then by Monday is was gone. This really put me off home tests and haven't done one yet still as I'm still scared lll question how quick it appears and how dark it is. This time my blood test fell on the Saturday again so I tested on the Friday and by a GP to get results on the Saturday.

    i think you have to do what will relax you the most. Last cycle was the first time I used a home test as I like being in the state of hope for as long as possible even though I'm busting to know. It's probably always been the fear of a negative that I've waited for blood tests.
    Coguatulations for a great cycle and thanks for posting your update - will have everything crossed for you.
    Welcome toe dipper, (sorry cant see you name) it's always great to hear from others who have travelled the donor road. congratulations for such a great outcome with your donor

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    I am off to my specialist this morning but I am going ask for help for my SA journey.

    My question is can you take any of the meds to stop ovulation or does it have to be what CFC prescribes?

    Thanks ladies

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    What can I say I have an awesome fs. 100% support for SA and he will do all my scripts and tests and follow up.

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    And he said Cfc were great and South Africans do this well . Feeling very positive

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    Hi there Angelmama74 -

    Just wanted to add my 10c worth.. Not sure about your FS, but mine here in Sydney was really keen to help (at the tune of $1000 purely for 'management of the process').. ie, they would copy my file and do my blood tests!!
    After what we had already spent with them I thought this was a bit rich! Even though I can somewhat understand their point that we are essentially taking our business elsewhere.

    I just made a call to my GP, who managed our process - and then some.. and put all our tests through medicare. He looked through the meds list, etc, etc and gave me scripts for everything that I needed. Some are not so fortunate.. but if you have a good relationship with your normal GP, I cant see the issue with it.. they are essentially assisting you with your fertility issues!

    My experience with CFC is pretty much in line with all the other ladies who have visited. They are superb.. In all honesty it was reading through the ED South Africa threads on here, that gave me all the information I needed (and confidence too), that they were the best choice. I wasn't disappointed.


    Just to fill you guys in with a little of my history.. after 6 miscarriages, my Ob/gyn decided to explore further and found that I had a septate uterus - which may/may not have been a contributory factor. I had surgery on this in 2011 and then fell pregnant again. Miscarried at 7 weeks

    Unbeknown to us - I also had an added issue, (had I not started the process of looking into ED overseas.. I would have been none the wiser) in that my prolactin levels were through the roof - up near 1000!! Essentially the normal range is between 85 - 500. I was above this at 535 when I did my first round of IVF in Sydney. This sent my GP into a tailspin (together with Karin/Dr Le Roux at CFC). They were saying they wouldn't even take me on for a cycle until my levels were around 200..

    I don't wish to appear negative but i think it says a lot about the IVF 'guidelines' followed by my FS!. I was pretty ****ed off to say the least that I'd gone through 4 IVF's with little chance of falling pregnant (based on this level alone).

    Anyway...... Our trip to Cape town was wonderful.. I had really set my stall up, in that I was quite anxious to go.. Even though a girlfriend here in Sydney is from the sea point area!! She had given me lots of info but I was still a little nervy and convinced that I was heading in to the Bronx.
    Suffice to say - I loved it and was completely wrong.

    Yes - you do need to watch your personal space.. but no more than in any other city. I loved the food, the wines (and the wineries). People were so friendly and
    The taxi drivers could talk the leg off a chair!

    We basically said from the get-go that we were only going to have one go at this, so we would enjoy ourselves as much as possible. Very little time was spent at the clinic so we were able to get out and about and it really didn't feel like any cycle that I have been through before. Im a lot less stressed (and more centred), which I put down to being a little in holiday mode.

    Our donor was held over for a couple of days, so we actually had over a full week to get in some sight seeing/shopping/eating, etc.
    If I can add anything to what has already been mentioned on this forum, that may help - please let me know.

    Helen

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    I never thought of him wanting to charge more. I will look into GP as well!

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    A big warm welcome Helen - you have certainly been through the ringer. I couldn't agree more with your comments, something really needs to be said for the practice guidelines. We are a first world country and yet there never seems to be enough focus on the 'why'. I must say it often appears that ART in this country is merely a money grab. We were thankfully blessed with very supportive FS who gave 'compassionate' drugs and often bulk billed. Truly amazing.

    Abundance - Have everything crossed for you Hun. Agree totally with the pineapple. I chomped into that and kiwi. Just watch the Bazil nuts, they contain selenium and believe it or not are radioactive. So just a few and you should be fine.

    Rainbow - you are in my thoughts. Looking forward to your wonderful news. X

    Donna - hope Brisvegas was not too hot for you and that Barbara was able to assist. Sorry couldn't catch up, but good news is we got our new car delivered. Will definitely try if you venture to this neck of the woods again.

    Sooty - not long now.

    Angel - cheeky buggers re management fee. As I said its hard not to think some are in it just for the money.

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    Back from my scan. We definitely have one on board - measuring 8mm with a good strong heartbeat of 151bpm. My hubby and I just cried - so many times we have come to this point and looked on that screen to not even find a sac. Today, we not only found the sac, but a sac with a baby in it with a strong beating heart - it was just surreal.

    Now wait for the irony ladies... I arrived home to a letter from my OB/GYN saying that they have just received a letter from Douglas Hanly Moir advising that my AMH testing results (taken in Sep 2012) might have been incorrect showing a lower than true result! I was absolutely outraged and got straight on the phone to DHM to give them a piece of my mind - as my OB/GYN made a recommendation to us immediately following the results of this test that we go immediately to IVF if we were serious about having a baby! And through the wringer we have been 4 failed cycles (one of them resulting in BFP but miscarriage at 6 weeks).. I wanted to know why it took them 12 months to find this out... and can't help but wonder what my real AMH result might be. If it was not for this, we would have definitely continued trying with my own eggs for at least another 12 months before heading to IVF. I'm sorry to share that horrible news on the back of my really good news - but I feel that somebody has to be held accountable for this... and it's world wide, not just in Australia and has been known to have been occurring from last year right up until July this year! Anyway, not much I can do about it now - I am pregnant and so so happy. I couldn't have my AMH even retested now if I wanted to as I am pregnant, so the results don't work out. It was just the irony of it literally one hour after I am having my scan and seeing that heart beat, to arrive home to the original test that "set the wheels in motion for us" anyway - for those of you this might affect, definitely worth having your AMH retested as your results might not be as bad as you think - and that is my main reason for sharing this.


    Helonwheels - welcome. You have been through the wringer too. Fingers crossed your CFC cycle delivers you the BFP you so deserve.

    Angelmama - the CFC are absolutely brilliant and Cape Town is magical. The CFC will tell you all the specific drugs you need. THe clinics here don't use a few of the drugs that the CFC use - for instance they use Gestone injections heavily to begin with - and then start alternating with Crinone or pessaries once you get your BFP... As an "old" needle phobe, I resisted this - but have a look at the stats on our board and you can see that their success rates are pretty good. I would personally go along with all their recommendations. I could not rate them highly enough. I found the contact with my Dr at the CFC to be second to none - his assistant was another story, but I worked out pretty quickly that if I had a question, I would email him and cc her and he always emailed me back almost immediately. I wish you the very best of luck with it all.

    Pixel - how are you traveling pregnant mumma? Have you come down off cloud 9 yet? I hope not, because you deserve to be there so much. We all do!

    Lots of love and baby dust to us all

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    Default Wonderful news RB

    I'm am so thrilled RB that you have a beautiful little bubba on board -not that I thought for a second you wouldn't -it was just a case of how many
    I don't want to wish a day away from this pregnancy but I will be a blubbering mess to see that little heart beat and can't wait. Yes I am still on cloud nine and feeling really good but still a bit in disbelief. I find myself doing a happy cry every time I think "OMG I'm pregnant" it can actually happen so no matter what from here, I feel so happy just to have crossed that mental barrier that its possible.
    I've got no symptoms to report so without the blood test I would never know. I'm hoping this is just because it's early days and am choosing to stick to this thinking so as not to stress.

    angelmama I'm glad to hear your FS appointment went well, I was also lucky to have my FS support me through the process when really he hasn't only made a few dollars through a couple of appointments mostly they have received an Email and posted scripts as needed, so he will be getting a gift for sure.

    I agree with the comments made about the fertility industry in Oz. I was shocked when I first went to a FS and found really a couple of blood tests were all that were performed, 5 months of clomid then tube test, laproscopy then straight to IVF and told I had unexplained infertility. I felt mostly that nothing was explained and it was a matter of which box they choose of six protocols to give a go each cycle. Having said that I know my previous FS did a lot of things that many others didn't do and I tried something different each cycle and I probably needed to go through it all to be ready to move to donor knowing I had given every protocol a shot.


 

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