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    Reading all these wonderful stories has my stomach full of butterflies. I now know 100% this is what I'm doing. Thank you so much ladies for all the tips. These will be invaluable.

    I do have a question though. As I've never had any cycling medication before, and because I no longer have a natural cycle without HRT, I was wondering if I should have a test trial of the whole process to see how my body responds? I'd hate to go all the way over to SA only to find my body hasn't responded well enough for a transfer. Have any of you ladies had a trial run before?

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    H Emski, I loved the vineyard but haven't decided if we will stay there for transfer as DH is not that keen on the location. My donor has her appointment mid FEB so will get my treatment plan shortly after. I am not anticipating any issues as she has donated before. It's looking like a late March trip for us and yes we would love to catch up for a sundower if the dates work out.

    PS Love your blog

    Esperanza - I am guessing you haven't been through an IVF cycle before? You could always organise a scan before leaving to see you if your lining is responding to the progynova. Best to ask the experts at CFC for their advice. Good Luck.
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    I loved the vineyard too especially as I was there by myself for a week. For our other two trips we stayed at the Westin, completely different style but also fantastic and a better location in terms of sightseeing.

    judy

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    Hi Plimpy, thank you for sharing your story. I too stayed at The Westin in July as well as the Vineyard and enjoyed both and agree very different styles and would recommend both. I loved the indoor rooftop pool at The Westin (spectacular views).

    Thank you to the newcomers for posting your experiences. It is lovely to hear the success stories.

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    This thread is moving so fast. So many great stories. It makes this journey so much less daunting. Thanks to all the lovely ladies that are sharing their stories.

    We are not sure where to stay at the moment either. The Vineyard looks nice but then we aren't sure if we should just get an apartment. Not really a big deal in the scheme of things but its all I can look at for now. How long did you all spend in CT? I'm not sure if we (or just me) should stay a little longer as I'm a bit nervous flying after the transfer. What did everyone else do?

    There seems to be a lot of ladies going over in March, I'm sure if will come around quickly for you.

    Just a quick question I've not had any sort of NK etc testing just the ones requested by CFC, do you think it's worth getting any further testing done and what sort of testing I should look at? I've had 2 rounds of IVF and 2 IUI but no success. Any thoughts would be most welcome.

    Hope everyone had a lovely Xmas and New Years.

    Emski - love your blog.

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    Hey Lily

    re the immune stuff... it takes a while to get tested. NK cells are generally tested by uterine biopsy so that's more involved. You could potentially request a full blood work up to be done, from memory it takes a month or so to get all the results back - this would cover things like celiac disease, blood clotting issues, MTHFR, vitamin levels, platelet counts etc. I think they can also do a NK Cell test via blood but not sure if it is as accurate - someone else on here would know. Who is your FS? They may just put you on an immune supportive protocol to cover all bases if you ask about it... but then again some FS just don't believe in it, I know my old one didn't and wouldn't even test for anything. Turns out I have quite a few auto-immune issues.

    Someone else on here will have more info, but it's easy to get caught up with the immune stuff... trust me. Have you ever discussed it with your fertility specialist?

    Em x

    Ps. thanks for the kind words re the blog.

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    Welcome to the new posters, thank you so much for sharing your recent positive experiences, it gives us all hope and I felt renewed hope myself reading your experiences.

    Hi Lily - with what I know now, I probably would look at getting more thorough NK testing done, just to have all bases covered... but like Emski said it does take awhile, so I guess would depend when you are going, and if you can move fast enough to get the tests and results back?
    My understanding is the uterine biopsy is important, and has to be done in the 2nd half of your cycle, as it shows up any NK Cells in the uterus. The blood tests can take 2 weeks - mine went in via Melb pathology and were back within the 2 weeks which was good. As Emski said, it will depend what FS/Specialist you consult with and if they are open minded about NK Cells as well. Eg. My FS that I was using for my own IVF, said I only have slightly elevated NK Cells (from the biopsy) yet when Dr M looked at that result, he said they are way above normal, and that there was no point trying IVF without treatment as I would be wasting my money. Two very conflicting answers.

    There is also a NK Cell thread on BH, its fantastic and the girls are a wealth of information. If you consulted with Dr Matthias in Sydney, (phone apt's are available - 1st one $300, thereafter $150, no rebate for ph apts) who is very popular it may take awhile to get in to him, I think some apts are out as far as end Jan at the moment, unless you asked to put your name down for a cancellation and explained you were going overseas. Sorry if I'm getting ahead of myself... just covering it all in one post !!

    Emski's idea of discussing with your FS if you don't have time and can maybe get on a standard immune treatment plan to cover you, sounds like a good idea if you don't have time for further testing. Hope that helps.

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    Thanks so much Emski and Sooty. I will see the FS as soon as I can get it. I dont think he is much into NK cells etc but I will push for the tests and see what comes of it.

    I will check out the other thread as well.

    Thanks again, I really had no idea where to start.

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    Where are you located Lily we could offer suggestions of 'open' doctors if we know where you are.
    Em x

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    I'm in Melbourne Emski. Hopefully my FS is OK I have managed to get a time with him next week so will see what he says.


 

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