I just wanted to pop in here for an update on where we are at and im so glad to see some ladies are still around and also new ladies too! Yayyy!!! We can hopefully share our journey together!
DF and i have been in the lonnnnggg waiting stages before unfortunately being able to do anything as quickly as we wish we could, due to personal circumstances and then having to sift thru private health companies, and get that going, and we are now almost half way on the 12 month wait for that, so in the meantime i have done a fair bit of reading, phoning around, emailing, getting info posted to us from all over Aussie etc etc since we first started down this road. Too much time on my hands to dwell on this plan haha
So i will share some of my own personal thoughts on some of the issues with the whole icsi/ivf/or should we do the VR route etc and so on that i have gotten a scrambled brain with.
Personally a few conclusions i have since come to are, that obviously if i talk to an ivf specialist they will say their product is the better one, or a VR surgeon will say theirs is, that is a given, so i pay no notice to that bit.
The big thing i think, which is hard, is to allow myself to let it sink in that no matter which way we go VR or IVF/ICSI both have risks of not working unfortunately, both are not 100% going to work.
On another note that i found rather interesting, I read of a surgeon over in the states who swears that it makes no difference what so ever how many years it has been between the vasectomy and the VR and he has people fly worldwide to him and i believe he invented some other technique, and also uses microscopic instruments.
I've also found by inquiring extensively that quite a few private operating surgeons, perform VR surgeries, every single week without fail at private hospitals for a fraction of the cost that some others that are widely advertised, so are widely used do. Using the same technique, with high success rates too.
I highly suggest looking up your local private hospitals and if they are anything like mine you can search their specialist list which has the contact details for their operating surgeons, so you can then contact them directly and find out any info from them. I know i made the mistake at first of not doing this at first as went of the dazzling google adverts and websites.
We are going VR for a few reasons as ICSI would be more exxy if for eg the 1st time failed, then you have to keep going and we would have no idea of how many more times we would be up for, also DF prefers to try naturally and we would prefer not to add more hormones etc into my system if we can avoid it for now, for just a few things, another one is if we start with it, it can cause damage which if we then go back to try VR, then the VR may not be possible. We aren't worried about antibodies to be honest, considering the other factors that we are up against now, in our way of thinking it is a small risk, compared to what we have at the moment which is no chance lol