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    Thank you rainbow and twirlywhirly. That makes me feel a lot calmer. Sometimes when you hear it from CFC, you can't be 100% sure that it's exactly a priority of theirs... IYKWIM.

    Klm - as far as a smoking donor goes, my perfect donor was a smoker and we thought long and hard about it. In the end we couldn't control what the donor did while they were cycling and whether they would really stop. So in the end we went with our second choice, a non smoker. We are putting so much on the line with this journey and while a lot of things were out of our control, at least we could be sure we were giving our donor and us the best chance to have healthy eggs.

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    DJ - I couldn't believe my eyes when I read Sunny's post. Life can be so bloody unfair. Wishing you and your loved ones all the strength in the world for your fight ahead. Truly I don't know what to say other than to wish you resilience and a happy and healthy light at the end of the tunnel. I'm praying for you Hun. Xxx

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    Hi ladies

    I haven't been keeping upto date life is a little manic at the moment but I had been wondering about Donna of late and just saw a message mentioning her so thought I had better pop in.

    Donna I'm so sorry to hear of your sickness you have been through so much already. I do hope that you will be on the road to recovery soon I am thinking of you and sending healing vibes.

    i see some of you are about to embark on your journey, I wish you all the best of luck and hope each of you come back with added baggage.

    to those who just found out they are pregnant, congratulations.

    And to those who have given birth, congratulations also, enjoy your new journey.

    my transfer date is 2nd May at this stage, I have to take all the immune stuff, clexane, prednisone and some antibiotic, I apparently have high 56 or was it 65, I don't know what any of it means. Dr M did say I'm not too out of balance. I'm honestly tossing up whether to take all the drugs and the intralipids or just do the intralipids, I'm loathing taking all the drugs as it is. Yes I can be my own worst enemy. anyhoo, good luck everyone I will check back in when I'm in capeTown and have time on my hands.

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    Hi ladies
    I'm an avid follower of this thread, long time reader first time writer! We are doing DE in Thailand, at the same place pixel did and leave this time next week. The eggs are from SA, so I kinda half belong to this thread if you will have me Anyways, supposed to get AF today and start progynova tomorrow, but there is no sign of AF yet, needless to say i am panicking. What do you think will happen if I am a few days late? Has this happened to anyone on here before?

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    Ooooh how exciting for you all the lovely ladies about to depart - have a fab time. I wish you all BFP's from the bottom of my heart.

    Rainbow - Glad to hear you are enjoying "nesting". Thanks so very much for your experience on break through bleeding, it has reassured me too.

    Pixel - I have extremely high CD56 (the highest my immune specialist in the U.S. has ever seen and I was with Dr M on the first trip too, and he said they are "extremely high". If I was you, I would be taking what he has recommended. I did and when I came back, I asked to be tested, as I was curious to see if they had lowered from the treatment, and they had considerably. But only you can decide.

    Lozby - I'm not sure about if your period doesn't come. CFC has on my treatment plan, that says stop the pill and if my period doesn't come by the 6th day, start the oestrogen tablets regardless but to notify them. Can you send an email to your clinic? - Good luck too, Thailand would be a gorgeous warm place to go for treatment and a relaxing holiday We looked there too, but I think it was a little more expensive to bring in Caucasian egg donors.

    DJ - OMG I am so shocked and saddened to hear this sad news, after everything you have been through. Its so unfair. I don't know you personally, but you sound like an amazing person and you've been through so much already. I hope you have lots of good friends and supportive family around you to cheer you up and help you fight this. Lots of love, thinking of you in these tough times.

    AFM - I really only just popped in here to see what was happening. I too have had break through bleeding on the pill. It didn't happen last time. I haven't had a proper period since Dec when we had our BFN, so who knows if it had anything to do with that. I've been on the pill about 6 weeks & been feeling AF cramps since 10 March & very bad pain overnight. The spotting slowly increased over the week. Nothing serious just a little more each day. In the end I went to my GP & they ordered a scan because of the overnight pain I was experiencing. It showed nothing. But the next night I woke at 3am, by 3.30am I was doubled over on the toilet until 4.30am, I thought something was going to burst in me & nearly called an ambulance that's how bad it was. Now brace yourself, this is gross (and I'm only sharing it with you, in case it happens to anyone else out there - though my GP has only ever seen it once in 20 years).... I looked down and I thought it was a large clot, but it was actually tissue flesh (3-4cm x 1cm) I grabbed it and got DH to put it in a jar in the fridge. Interestingly the severe pain ceased almost immediately. I'm waiting on histopathology results to come back, hopefully Monday.
    I've informed CFC and they assure me that it shouldn't upset our cycle & that breakthrough bleeding is common & I can expect it to continue until I come off the pill next week. I've consulted with a specialist here as well and she recommended having a lining scan the week before I leave to make sure I am responding to the oestrogen correctly this time (she said its a long way to go, and get over there and find out there is a problem!). I responded well last time, so hopefully there should be no issues. So I thank all you girls for mentioning your break through bleeding as well and Rainbow for saying you had a scan before you left to double check your lining.

    Unfortunately my CA125 levels are back up through the roof as well - 2 days ago 246 (normal is under 46) - so something's going on. Possibly my endo playing up, which I haven't had investigated since 2011 as I've really had no need to, as I wouldn't have known I had it. I'm just hoping I get pregnant this time, it puts my endo on hold for 9 months and I'll get it investigated in a few years time!

    Hi to everyone else.

    PS. Yes, both agencies I went through had contracts to sign too. (Ababysa & Sunshine)

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    Hello from me in the middle of the night in CPT! There are frogs going for gold in the ****** that runs outside our window here at our hotel which woke me up. Nothing to report yet as it's 3am and my clinic appt is at 10 today. Yesterday was a total write off after that 25 hour flight, I was a wreck!
    But I just wanted to touch base.

    Donna, I was really sorry to read what you're going though, I often wondered how you were going. I hope that things are on the improve for you that you're feeling better. You're a strong lady. x

    Lozby, welcome to the thread, I'm sure no one minds you being over here - I tried my hardest to get another thread going for those going down the donor path, but it's proved tough to keep going (unlike this thread where you can't shut us up!) lol. Well me anyway.

    Trying to organise a catch up with Blinky, January and Feather while we are over here which would be great and would make for an interesting dinner conversation I'm sure. I often wonder what the blokes will talk about in this situation. It will be interesting to see!

    Jodi, I have mildly raised NK cells too and have been doing the predisilone, clex, antibiotics etc. and yeah I'm feeling pretty ordinary with a headache that just won't go away, but I don't want to regret anything so will persevere.

    MrsErinR how are you going on your donor search have you locked anyone in yet?


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    Hi lozby welcome to the thread. All welcome here as we are all going through similar journeys. Can never be too much information shared Re no AF, I too remember reading on my plan that you start progynova on the date they give you regardless if you have bled or not but to tell them immediately. Good luck.

    Sooty - just wanted to chime in re your terrible cramps and pain. I too had a day where I was bed ridden from terrible pain and that night I passed a really big clot. I'm assuming it was a clot because it broke down when pressed. Sorry TMI. Once that happened my cramps and pain have gone but I'm still bleeding on and off. I'm really curious to see what results you get back sooty from the sample. Keep us updated. But I will definitely be going for a scan a week before we are due to fly out to get an idea on how my lining is progressing.

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    Well I haven't been here in ages and apologise for neglecting you all. I'm terribly sorry to see Donna's news. She gave me the most incredible support when I was having trouble getting my meds to go to Barbados and so is very special to me and I have missed her on the forum.

    Wishmeluck. I'm so happy to see a fellow singleton from Perth have success! If you'd ever like to catch up, please do let me know.

    I'm delighted to see so many others have forged ahead on their journeys.

    AFM: I am still thinking. I am trying to take a year off making any major decisions in relation to my fertility journey. My last negative really threw me for a loop and I have found the grief to be so much more than I expected. It hasn't helped that the other lady I was initially intending to travel with succeeded and hasn't been too tactful with me. I found it hard to take that although I tried so hard to get fit and try to relax etc I failed whereas she did nothing to help herself and yet succeeded.

    I have put in a for a home refinance to get rid of most of the debt. I have just found I didn't pay my last water rates as I had thought and hope I haven't shot myself in the foot. If I succeed though I should be debt free in a year. Pondering this gave me food for thought as I was in exactly that place when I got the burning desire to be a mother. The clinic in Barbados want me to use intrallipids next time and this will add about $3000 upwards to the cost. This makes it about the same as an egg donation cycle. The blasties I have in Barbados are ungraded and I'm using the last of the batch and don't have the confidence in them that I once did. As we all know egg donation isn't necessarily a guarantee of success either. The thought of building another huge debt that will take years to pay off and still failing is almost more than I can bear.

    I have joined a "childless not by choice" forum while I take my year to think things over and they are a lovely group of ladies. I have found it very comforting to post with ladies who get the complex grief of being childless and the unthinking prejudices that are out there for us.

    I'd like to say that I appreciate the lack of judgment on here and that is partly what prompted me to revisit.

    I'm on Egg Donation Australia as many of you know. A former forum member came back as she'd just had a not so good cycle in the US and had a male embryo left that they were looking into donating. She was also wanting to sound the forum out on shared cycles and what others thought of them. They have issues that require PGD anyway and she desperately wants a girl and hopes for a donor that looks like her. The US is the only place they can choose the sex with PGD and she's more than happy to donate the remaining embryos. One DH on there has taken such issue with her and I've found the venom with which this lady is being treated quite upsetting. I simply can't imagine someone being so judgmental over decisions that really are quite personal. Anyway, my vent is over and I hope it is not quite so long before I visit again. thanks for being wonderful ladies!

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    First appointment this morning with Dr Le Roux, and everything is look very good. My lining is at 9.8mm and I have a 'triple stripe' woo hoo! After my 'no period' scare I was really worried that things might be off. Esperanza he said they don't care if you bleed or don't bleed as I queried this this morning, they just don't want you to ovulate...anything else they can manipulate, so I hope that puts your mind at rest.

    Dr L R said that my donor is very órganised' and doing really well for a first time donor - he said sometimes he worries with some of them the first time, but she has everything under control and doing really well throughout the process.

    EPU is on Monday - we opted into the egg bank program just in case.

    Nett - sounds like you're not completely done with the whole TTC thing - it must be incredibly hard as all of this journey is, sometimes you need to regroup (and save some $ again!) but we always like to hear how you're going.
    God that EDA thread sounds horrible... you don't need judgement in this process or any part of fertility treatment. everything is a personal choice.

    Em x

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    Morning ladies
    Emski- glad your lining is nice and thick. Good luck at EPU, my fingers are crossed for you.
    January and Blinky- hope you guys are going well over there too, keep us up-dated
    DJ- Shocked to hear your news. Keep strong. All our thoughts are with you.
    Pixel- Hi!! Thanks for your msg. Will keep you updated.
    AFM- Thanks for your advice yesterday. AF arrived this morn, so no need to stress anymore. I emailed the clinic yesterday anyways and they said 1 or 2 days shouldn't matter. So I start the progynova tomorrow, exciting! I can't seem to concentrate on anything much now, or get motivated to do the usual mundane things like cooking or the weekly shop, I'm just too excited/nervous!
    Anyways, thanks for welcoming me here everyone. Baby dust to all.


 

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