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    Thank you ladies for all your reassuring stories. I haven't had any more bleeding for over 24 hours now and I just called the hospital and my HCG on Friday night was 75,000 up from 25,000 last Saturday. I know you can't rely on HCG bit it's nice to know its still high. I've been feeling really tired and nauseous so all good signs. I can't wait for this scan tomorrow! Please let there be a heartbeat

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    Hi ladies. I've been following this thread for a couple of years now and because of all your stories of hope, my husband and I have decided that egg donation is the right choice for us.

    I was diagnosed with POF when I was 26 after trying to have a baby with my husband and not being successful. I went through complete menopause at 27 and was then diagnosed with hypothyroidism. It has taken us some time and grieving to come to this point of acceptance and wanting to move forward.

    After reading all your stories we are so excited now to begin this journey. I'm a little apprehensive though as the whole IVF, let alone DE IVF is very new and scary to me and I'm completely lost on the whole thing, as I've never even had the chance to try IVF with my own eggs. I can't remember if there is a step by step process for overseas egg donation somewhere that I missed? I could really use a little guidance as my husband and I are both feeling a little lost.

    Anyway, I won't make this one too long. So lovely to finally be able to join in on your journeys and hopefully add mine to the mix My husband and I are in Brisbane also if there are any Brisbanites here.

    Cant wait to get started.

    Riss

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    Abundance - Good to hear that you have no further bleeding or cramping and HCG is still climbing....all very good news....very positive. I bet tomorrow cant come quick enough for you.

    Esperanza - A very big welcome to you....I think most of us have started as lurkers. Wow, no previous IVF...this is going to be a HUGE journey for you. I commenced researching donor programs just by googling!! I had a look at donor programs in USA, Asia, Europe etc, however, I always came back to Cape Town which was originally suggested to me by Dr Warren De Ambrosis in Brissy a couple of years ago....I must say that Dr Wazza was not actually my FS, I had sought a second opinion with him and he gave me some info on donor and mentioned Cape Town in passing. Donor is very much a personal journey for you and DH...Cape Town is not for everyone, just like USA or Europe is not for everyone...as you start to research, it will become evident what is important to you....costs, donor screening etc (even holiday options). Once DP and I had decided on Cape Town, we simply sent an email to the clinic via their generic email account on their website and within a couple of hours, I had a return message from one of the doctors (Dr Wiswedel) and the ball started rolling from there....I must say, this all happened last Christmas and now I am 6 months pregnant. If you and DH would like to cut the research and go straight for Cape Town, then any of us on this thread can assist you. If you would like to know which FS to go with, then just post the question...the girls are more than willing to help. I know in my case, I cannot fault Dr Wiswedel and his IVF Coordinator Cyndi Nel...I think you will hear the same stories about the other doctors and their IVF Coordinators. One tip I can give you....please remember there is about ?8 hour time difference and you will not always hear back from them in the timeframe that we would like, but they will get back to you. I think I was lucky with Dr Wiswedel, as I think he is a bit of a computer freak (I mean that in the nicest possible way). Also, the clinic is VERY busy....I was astounded at how busy the clinic actually is. Good luck....we are here if you need. No question is too silly and when it comes to the world of IVF, there is no such thing as too much information (TMI).

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    Hi everyone, just popping in to say who hoo Helen I've been thinking of you and am so pleased to hear of your success, finally its your turn honey.

    hi to everyone else, I'm not keeping up to date at present its just been too manic I just saw Helens message by chance, but I hope your all doing well

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    Hi Riss, just sent you a PM. wishing you the very best in your ED journey. The women on this thread are awesome. A big thanks to Jodie W for starting it off. I wouldn't have gained the courage to go hadn't it been for this thread. Truly life changing.

    Hi Jodie hope you are taking care of yourself. I know...isn't it awesome about Helen.

    Abundance, so pleased to read the bleeding has settled. OMG Hun it's no wonder you were so scared with your heartbreaking history. Have everything crossed for your scan tomorrow. I have also sent you a PM. X

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    Abundance thinking of you. I am so glad the bleeding has stopped and that your HCG was still high. Will be thinking of you tomorrow.

    Esperanza good luck with your journey! There are egg donors here in Australia via Egg Donation Australia but it does cost about the same as doing cycles in south Africa. wherever you go though, I would have to say, this is, indeed, one of the most supportive groups I belong to.

    I have been looking a bit more myself into going to South Africa and even found my perfect donor quite quickly via the Nurture site. Honestly she had everything I could have wished for. I have asked Nurture about possible embryo adoption as well as I really am not sure I can afford a full cycle particularly if it turns out I have to throw intrallipids in as well.

    Given that I don't know what the blasty grading is of the remaining batch in Barbados, I'm wondering about returning there and whether I'm throwing my money away on poor quality blasties. I will try and get some immune testing done at least the antiphospholipid antibodies so I can know for sure if I have issues or not. Since I dont get implantation at all, those antibodies would be the most relevant.

    One thing is for sure, while I'm temporarily down, I'm obviously not out. I did wonder if it was time to give up but apparently not yet.

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    Esperanza - a big welcome !! I'm sure you will be fine embarking on this journey with such a wonderful group of fellow ED'ers to hold your hand along the way. ED in my opinion, is so much easier in some ways than IVF with your own eggs, maybe not emotionally, but definitely physically, but that's just my opinion Thank you for joining us
    Any questions just ask.

    Thank you Sunny for your post, you summed up the initial process on deciding where to go etc, very well.

    Net - that's awesome you are not out of the game yet! Out of interest, what is the cost of an embryo adoption is it cheaper or about the same?

    Abundance - that's great news things have settled down. I'm relieved to hear and am sure tomorrow can't come fast enough. Good luck, I'll be thinking of you
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    Congratulations Helenmac - it's been a long journey for you and you hubby so it is wonderful your resilience and persistence has now been rewarded.
    Thanks for asking about me Emski.
    Sadly I don't have good news to report - it was a BFN.
    DH and I are disappointed but pleased we still have wonderful holiday memories to cherish forever.
    We will now try and get as much info about the cycle from CFC to understand the possible reasons for failure.
    We threw the kitchen sink at this cycle - I followed Dr M's protocol (dex, intralipids, etc to treat my Endo, MTHFR and elevated NK cells) but still no luck.
    For our cycle, only 6 viable eggs were collected (she ppreviously produced 11 and 12 in her earlier cycles) so we will ask about that and also the grades of the two blasts transferred. None of the remaining 3 fertilized embies were of high enough quality to freeze, so when we return later this year we will be starting from scratch again.
    I did get a cold - sore throat, running nose mainly - three days after transfer - can anyone inform me if this might have been a factor? I've seen references to Dr Beer's book, which I will now get, but can anyone offer any info in the meantime?
    Taking inspiration from Helenmac and all of the other strong families who are part of this forum, my lovely DH and I will persevere, remain positive and keep the dream alive.
    Happy (successful) baby-making in 2014 to the ladies who didn't achieve their dreams this year - may we have better success in the new year. And wishing happy and stress free pregnancies to all those who did fulfill their dreams in 2013.

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    Hi to all. Wishing you the best with your journeys. I didn't find this site until pregnant with my second little SA miracle so have been dropping in on occasion. Wish I had found it before we started would have been a great help.
    is there anywhere that the SA discussion continues for those fortunate enough to have children? Has anyone considered a SA ED babies get together? Is that a good idea or a bad idea? ( haven't worked out that one myself yet!).

    esperanza - thought I would add my two cents worth. One of the things to think about is whether you would prefer a known donor or an anonymous one as most (not all) OS programs are anonymous. Egg donation Australia is a good place to start if you would prefer a known donor. If you are going OS you will need good local medical support, for scripts and tests etc. At least a helpful GP preferably with and interest in fertility issues. A helpful local fertility specialist is ideal. Some will help with OS ED and some won't. If you think going OS is likely check with the center when you make your appointment as you may have to wait awhile to get in to see anyone so there is no point wasting your time if they are not going to help. Good luck.

    judy

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    Feathers, I'm so sorry...platitudes can't possibly ease your disappointment, but know that we are all here to support you. It sounds like you had all the immunes covered so no doubt it was the eggs on the day and sheer bad luck, but keep us posted on what your CFC doctor says. We can't forget that even with the great and increased results DE is still somewhat of a numbers game... (God I hate that phrase, but sadly it's true). Im not sure about the cold and Dr Beer's theories, but it certainly sounds like an immune response. You sound like me... straight on to planning the next step .

    Welcome Plimpy! Congratulations on your two SA babies! Regarding the donor baby catch up, I'd discussed this with another lady who is considering DE (if you're reading) I/we think it's a great idea... especially as I'm assuming most of us here are in the older bracket (outside of you, lovely Esperanza) - I also think it would be great for a donor child to have children with a similar story to tell there for support etc. or just so they don't feel different. But first things first, let me get knocked up first .
    Net hello, thanks for dropping in on my blog on EDA... I'll get back there to update when I have something to write about... I might actually move it to the web properly as I know The Penny Chronicles inspired me to look at going down the SA route... if I can pay it forward with my story then that would be great.

    Em xx


 

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