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    Default Egg Donation in The Czech Republic #2

    I really wanted to open this thread to help let people know that the Czech Republic is such a great option if you are looking to travel for IVF using donor eggs or sperm. Located in Europe between Germany, Austria and Poland CZ is easy to get to from Australia with Emirates flying direct to Prague, the capital city, from Dubai. Emirates flies daily to Dubai from most Australian capitals.Most people speak English, especially the younger people. I think some people are scared off as they think no one will speak English and that it might be dangerous, this is not the case at all.We have made two trips to the CZ in 2012 to a state of the art clinic in Zlin. All the staff speak English and their International Patient Coordinator is a nurse who is fluent in English having lived for some time in the US. This clinic is located in a university town and the donors are mostly university students and are caucasian. Each trip to the CZ including donor egg IVF for two adults, spending 10 days in Zlin and a week either side of that for a bit of a European holiday was between $12,000 and $15,000.I can't recommend the country and the clinic enough, we have boy/girl twins as a result of our treatment there. I'm really happy to answer any questions people may have as the Czech Republic is such a great option for DE!

    Czech Clinics, places to stay & things to do
    (If you would like to add something to this list please PM me!)

    General Czech Resources:

    Transport (train, bus) around the Czech Republic and to neighbouring countries like Austria and Poland.

    Teach Yourself Complete Czech: A great resource for learning the basics of the language. Whilst most people speak basic English it is always nice to have some basic understanding, especially of pronunciation. The link goes to Book Depository but shop around for the best price.

    Zlin

    Clinic of Reproductive Medicine Zlin
    A state of the art, modern clinic with very friendly English speaking staff

    Pension Uno B&B
    Rooms with a kitchenette are great for longer stays. Room 4 and 8 are tried and tested

    Hotel Tomasov Hotel located within the same building as the clinic.

    Svah Zlin A small ski slope with magic carpet located near the clinic. The website has a live camera so you can see what the snow coverage looks like. It is open when there is snow.

    Zlin Zoo
    A beautiful zoological garden with lots of animals like elephants, rhinos and even an Australian animal section!

    Golden Apple Cinema
    Relax and watch a movie! Most large international releases are in English with Czech subtitles. Check for this on the movie description: Titulky (subtitles in Czech, film spoken in originally recorded language) Dabing (The film is spoken in Czech)
    Svah Zlin

    Prague

    Prague Fertility Centre: No reviews from Australians yet

    IVF Cube: No reviews from Australians yet

    Gennet: No reviews from Australians yet

    Ibis Hotel Old Town A great hotel for short breaks in Prague as it is located within walking distance of the train station, Old Town Square and other popular tourist attractions. Located next to a very large indoor shopping mall with large food court. A basic 3 star hotel that is clean and has English speaking staff. Tried and tested!

    Viator Prague: Tour operator in Prague with lots of different types of guided tours and activities. Alternatively you can check out their tours for things to do and guide yourself!

    Brno

    Reprofit Clinic. A large clinic with a good reputation but longer wait times than other clinics which are just as good. Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic.
    RESEARCHING DONOR CYCLES IN ZLIN

    TREATMENT CYCLE RECEIVED
    Crystal4431 (ET - 28 Jan)
    Kheeki (ET - ? Jan)
    Tiggylig (ET - ? Jan)

    IN ZLIN FOR DONOR CYCLE

    ENDURING THE 2WW

    BFP

    GRADUATES
    Alice284 (twins - boy/girl)


    Be cautious using websites and agents who say that they will organise your trip, select a clinic, organise accommodation etc because they speak Czech. You can organise all this yourself as people do speak English and you will save yourself the thousands of dollars they charge.
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    Hi! I was hoping someone might be able to answer my question. Does the clinic do donor sperm as well as donor eggs or just donor eggs?

    Also I was wondering if there was a reason why you chose Czech instead of SA?

    Also I was wondering if they automatically do 2 eggs (I see a few pregnant with twins) or do you have to ask or is it an age thing?

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    Hi Malak, zlin do everything ivf, so they have donor sperm, it's up to you how many you want put back, although I do think they won't put back more than 2 grade one blasts, (I know a lady who had 3 put back , 2 grade 1 blasts and a grade 3 because she didn't want the grade 3 one left behind/destroyed, they don't freeze anything lower than a grade 2)they have no problems doing eset, you meet with them before transfer and decide how many you want put back, but ultimately it's up to you unless you had a medical condition of some sort, then they would strongly advise only one going back. I chose Czech as it's extremely popular with both English and American ladies,and I'm on those forums, I'd never even heard of SA for egg donor until I came on this forum, even now knowing about SA I still would travel to Europe as that feels right for me

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    Hi Malak
    Our method of choosing Czech, after doing all the research and narrowing down to SA, Czech and Greece, was, well, we both would like to go to Prague. We made a holiday of it so chose the place we wanted to go on holiday to.
    Stacey, the food is going to be an issue for me and I think I might head back to the dietician. I had a gastrix sleeve about 2 years ago. Lost over 40kg. But I now have a small stomach, they remove about 80% of your stomach. SO, my meals are little. My main meal at night is a bread and butter plate size. THe good thing is you focus on protein after this surgery so my diet is mainly protein, but I am a bit concerned I will get enough. I will talk to obstetrician and may look at going to the dietician where I had the surgery.

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    Thanks girls for your help .

    We were planning on going to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Egypt & UAE next year so thought Czech Republic seemed like a good idea.

    I have another few questions. How long do you need to stay in the area where the donor eggs are done? What kind of prep do you need to do here, like do you do yourself or does the FS here tell you what needs to be done?

    Also which place in Czech Republic does everyone go with?

    I am not 100% sure if we will need to go down this path or not but I am a planner and I like to have all my ducks in a row.

    Also if you are making a holiday out of it, is it best to do the IVF at the beginning of the trip or end, or does it not matter?

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    Stacey10 thanks for your reply and all of the info you provided on the 1st thread. I really appreciate it. Since many women haven't used Gynem, does anyone recommend any other clinics in Prague or does everyone recommend Zlin?

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    Deb yes I think it wise that you go and see someone as it's extremely important with a twin pregnancy that you get enough nutrition and it has to be the right type, protein, good fats etc, a twin pregnancy is totally different to a singleton pregnancy and the weight gain is very important, the babies put on weight earlier than a single baby and 37-38 wks is considered term for a twin pregnancy, so the babies slow their growth down from about 34/5 wks, in a single pregnancy that's when the baby starts putting on the weight, even if you have almonds or high protein muesli bars etc with you so you can continuously snack, eating small frequent good quality meals is better anyway, but you could look at have two poached eggs for breakfast, then a small smoothie with good quality protein powder etc for your mid morning snack, then tuna for lunch etc
    Malak once you decide on a clinic and a date and have filled out their forms, depending on your age, you need to have blood tests done, std etc, and a couple of u/s done, maybe a mammogram etc, they send you over a protocol which you follow and there are a couple of ways you can do it, I had a great gp and he did all the bloods/us etc and gave me my script for estrogen and prednisone, I got my down regulation injection sent over from fertility2u in the uk for about $250 instead of $700 here, the clinic can send you over the drugs that you need (that was an option when I cycled there) or you can try and get a FS to do it here, which they would probably charge you a fee for doing so. If your doing d/e with partners sperm you need to be there day before egg collection, egg collection and sperm day, then you can go off for 4 days and be back in time for your transfer, if your using double donor you just need to be there the day of transfer, the clinic recommends not travelling the day of transfer so the next day you can go, I recommend buying all the drugs you need up to 12 wks from the clinic after transfer as they are extremely cheap compared to here. I would do the majority of your holiday first, then have a leisurely few days of relaxing before you head home, your to do no heavy lifting at all and no strenuous exercise so a nice gentle stroll around Prague or Vienna would be the go
    Klh there are a few other clinics in Prague that are popular, personally I would stick with Zlin or Reprofit which is in Brno
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    I can only eat one egg at breakfast Stacey10 so I will definately need some advice I think. I do have almonds on my desk at work and snack on them during the day. I might need to look at some protein shake type things. I find out Monday if its 2 or not. My SIL had twins, premmie at 28 weeks. One was only 698g when born.
    Malak, Stacey has covered it all. I had troubles with some of the meds. My gp would not prescribe anything so I got it all online, but itturns out cheaper as Stacey said anyway. The clinic give you a list of the meds and that was enough to use as a script for the online pharmacy. I went through IVFMeds.com but from what I have seen on here fertility2u is cheaper. THe next issue I had was my GP would not give me the intramuscle injection because he couldn't prescribe it. But I contacted the fertility clinic I originally went through here and they gave it to me, no charge. THere are instructions online to do it yourself, but I couldn't do it. I'm a baby when it comes to needles.
    We used DH sperm so we arrived 2 days before egg pick up, first appointment was the day before then we had to be there for egg pick up. We then went in to Prague for 4 nights and back to Zlin for transfer. We then went to VIenna and Budapest. I did not even think of the no lifting etc after transfer so it made things harder for DH as he had to carry both suitcases. SO I agree with Stacey10, do your main travel first. And having been to Egypt in the past definately do that first. It is so hot and draining and nearly everyone at some point ended up with a tummy bug, you don't want that happening after transfer. We went to Budapest and could not go to the hot springs in case I was pregnant so if you go before you can still do it. And the other thing I noticed, and maybe it was just me being super careful, there are so many foods you need to avoid if pregnant, it made it harder to choose meals.

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    Hi ladies

    sorry for not posting for a while, it's been the silly season parties, busy time. Looking forward to hearing your ultrasound news debant. It does t seem like yesterday I was at ziln. I think Stacy has covered everything re all the questions can't really add anymore. With my donor preferences it came down to someone looking like me. I sent in 6 photos all different ages. That was my main preference.

    well I got my hcg levels back, it was 13dpo and it came in at 113. At first I thought gee that's low, even my doctor said so, but after googling thank goodness for google they say the average at 13dpo is 58. So maybe it's not too low. I go for another hcg test tomorrow just to see if it's doing what it's meant to. I have days when I feel pregnant and others not.

    Take care ladies and talk soon

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    Anglie the clinic like the first hcg to be 60 + so your number is great, I don't think it's low at all
    deb good luck for tomorrow but don't be too worried if you don't see to much don't forget to update us ASAP


 

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