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    Haha we think you're pretty rad too @ScubaGal!
    @Biscotti71 - DE is such a big decision - I would probably head down that path if I had a man - if it were half his genetic material that would be enough for me. And how wonderful would it be to achieve a pregnancy relatively easily too, with less chance of miscarriage. As a single, I don't think I could do it but with a loved one like you have, different story. Big hugs to you brave lady.
    @Jem70 - how did your scan go today??

    AFM - second scan today (monash scan every 3 days) - the 2 follies have grown a little - now at 6mm and 8mm. Lining 2.8. Scanner said not much happening on the right so I'm wondering if it will stay quiet now. I'm stimming on same dose Menopur til thurs, then scan again. Nurse said something about maybe canceling Thurs if they haven't grown but I am sure they'll grow a bit! I've decided if they are growing and looking ok I'm going to insist on EPU as I don't want to do a 5th medicated cycle this year. I want a couple months off like Sparrow.. Mind body and finances need a break.

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    Ah Biscotti - this ivf is a rotten old journey hey. I'm so sorry your last cycle wasn't successful. As everyone says, DE is big step funnily enough, its not neccessarily a HARD step ... I moved to DE after 6 failed (1 embryo = 1 ectopic, no frosties) OE cycles.

    I was relieved to have the pressure taken off me to produce eggs, and was excited about so significantly increasing my prospects with DE (it improved to 60-80%).I kept saying I would rather have my husbands baby than no baby at all.And I still mean that.What is hard is when people don’t realise just how difficult DE can be.It is not just a matter of having the DE baby, loving that little munchkin and living happily ever after.It isn't "just the same". The DE conversation will be part of your life, and your babies life forever … every time the Doctor asks if there is a history of X in the family, when bubba asks about their background and where they got X characteristic from …When someone says “they don’t look at all like you do they!” … of course its always possible that we will still look alike, who knows!

    So although moving to DE can take off pressure, there are challenges in other ways that you just need to be ready for. In my case, while I love the idea of trying another OE cycle (particularly if it were with Lynn!), in reality, DE is the way for us. My chances of coming up with another embryo given my woeful track record with IVF meds is practically zero. I’m so excited to meet our little bubba, and I know that what I haven’t contributed in DNA, I will more than compensate for in limitless love and care, and ferocious and endless support. This baby will never doubt how much he/she was wanted and how grateful we are to have him/her …DNA - pah! I’ve got ears like an elephant (but a great plastic surgeon) and a leg one inch shorter than the other, my DNA is quite overrated! But THIS baby, has the best of everything :-)
    If you have any questions about the donor path, feel free to ask. There are also a few other threads about donor eggs, some popular locations include Greece and South Africa. It’s great - you get a holiday and a baby (or two!) all in one trip! Big hug to you, good luck with your decision.



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    Just realised I made that all sound quite miserable - I didn't mean to! DE is such an amazing thing, and when I think of what our donor has done for a complete stranger I get quite emotional. I'm guess I'm still grieving the loss of an opportunity for an OE baby (only natural and something I have no doubt I will no longer grieve once this little one is born), and I don't do well with people saying 'it'll be just the same' cos that sorta doesn't acknowledge the inherent challenges there are, just like with sperm donor or adopted babies. It's awesome, there's just some extra adjusting to do and there are some awesome perks!!! ...

    Don't know if that made it any clearer actually - and I'm supposed to be good with words (eye roll) - I might give up now ... 😊

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    Hey Vix, I don't think you made it sound miserable at all - I think it sounded like an honest translation of the DE experience and this thread is all about honesty I think. No point making it sound like it's all rainbows and lollipops, when it is actually something that clearly has a lot of facets and aspects that need to be thought through. xx

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    @Kelly70 so much can happen in 3 days - why would you cancel - nurses really shouldn't make those comments. Only you and FS can make that call!

    AFM hard to say - lining a bit more than 4mm and I think I have one 12mm and 4 or 5 at 5-6mm but as usual my FS zipped through without really measuring anything that closely. So looks similar to cycle 2 which is a relief but it all comes down to quality not quantity so I'm still mentally very much in neutral! I'm back for another scan on Thursday - not with FS so I will get a report!!

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    Vic, that sounded perfectly real and honest. Ill have to have a similar conversation with Angela about her origins and my using donor sperm. I'm with Kelly though about being single and DE. Jem things are looking good do far. Kelly, they can't cancel you unless your bloods show no eggs in the follicles so keep going ! Scuba, how is bubs going ?

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    Wow @Jem70, that protocol really does work huh. That sounds like a cracking start! So you'll be doing pgd again?

    Hels - and as I explained again to the nurse today, 2 similarly sized follicles for me is good!! I'll be insisting unless bloods etc look bad. They really are growing v slowly though, what am I, day 15 of my cycle. 12 days of meds.

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    @Kelly70 yep I'm sold now after two goes - I think you should consider it too - remember I only got 1 egg first time out on antagonist.

    You know how it is though - I don't mean to sound ungrateful because I know things could be worse - but after getting 3 to day 5 last time and all bombed on PGD I'm a little battle worn.

    If I get more than 2 at day 3 I will do PGD again 1or 2 I will just transfer because I think this is it for me for at least this year.

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    @Vixjc your explanation of DE is perfect!

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    Hi, just wanting to introduce myself after many months of lurking. I’m almost 39, single and I’m hoping to start IVF (with anonymous donor sperm) in November, all things going well. I have an appointment next week with my fertility specialist after lots of soul searching, analysing and wondering whether I can actually do this (I did my counseling sessions over 2mths ago!) I’m excited but also nervous, which I have no doubt is natural.

    Anyway, after lurking for so long I wanted to pop up and say hi. You’re an inspirational bunch of ladies and I follow this thread every day to see how you are all going.

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