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    Welcome CJ: sorry to hear about your BFN. Take some time to feel sad. We are all here to support you and cheer you on when you decide to try again.

    Mardi, rest up while you are there, not long to go till you can meet bubsy. my Aunt had one small non functioning kidney at birth and she has functioned all her life (she 70 something) with one good kidney. Isn't that why people donate kidneys because you can function with one?

    KLM: Team Pink! Yay! Sugar and spice and all things nice! Don't worry about the future, hopefully she will be responsible and level headed. My friend has an 18 and a 16yr old ... She calls them her screenagers not her teenagers, haha!!

    KMP: I can't imagine telling family and friends I am pregnant. Most of them must think we don't want children ... Not the case, it just hasn't happened and with CFCs help we may just be able to tack 'yet' on the end.

    Good vibes to all our BFPers, warm hugs to all our BFNers and hope and prayers to all our pre-CFCers. Hello to all our lurkers.


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    Hello everyone

    First of all, congratulations to everyone who's pregnant, there seems to have been a lot of success lately! Emski, I'm sorry to hear that your FET didn't work and am inspired by the way that you've got on with things. cj, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Although we know the statistics, we all hope that DEIVF will work first time. Take strength in knowing that there are a few people on this thread that have got pregnant second or third time round. KLM, congratulations on your scan! Mardicharli, thinking of you. Glad that you BP is now under control. People lead perfectly normal lives with one kidney. I'm sure that the specialist will provide you with the reassurance you need.

    I'm going to try to keep this short but I suspect that won't happen . I initially posted late last year hoping to have gone to CFC by early this year but with work, study and family commitments, that, unfortunately, didn't happen.

    I'm 46 and have a son who's about to turn 4. I fell pregnant naturally at 42 years of age just before I was to do my first IVF cycle. My partner and I have been TTC for the last 2 years without success. I'm really happy with having one child and feel a little guilty for wanting another but can't quite shake off the feeling that I'm not done yet.

    I have found a donor I am really happy with but she is available in January which is quite a while away. While the timeline suits us, I am a little concerned that this will be the 7th time that she will have donated. I was told by EDSA that egg donors can donate up to 7 times. She has donated 4 times so far, all transfers have progressed to pregnancies (first one on second FET and last one ended in miscarriage) and all recipients had blasts to freeze. Funnily enough, I was not necessarily looking for a proven donor but she has most of the physical and personality traits that I was looking for.

    I have lots of questions that I'm going to direct to CFC but I was wanting to take advantage of everyone's experience first. So here goes......

    1. While I've read that successive IVF cycles do not impact on egg quantity, I'm wondering whether a large number of IVF cycles in close succession can lead to a negative impact on egg quality.

    2. Come January, I'll be one month shy of 47, am I being silly waiting this long when I could be going to CFC in 3-4 months? Time is definitely not on my side. The problem is, I just can't find anyone who I like as much as this donor. Had I booked her when I first saw her, I would have been going to SA next month.

    3. Having never gone through IVF and so having never injected myself, do you think I could teach myself to self inject or should I see a FS to help me with this? I was seeing a FS before I got pregnant but am not sure whether he would support an overseas donor egg IVF cycle. Could I go to a local GP and ask him/her to teach me? Initially I was thinking of going not going through a FS to save on costs but am wondering whether it would be worth it for the extra service provided, ie, checking lining before departure to SA, checking progesterone levels upon return, assistance if things don't quite go to plan, etc.

    I've got lots more questions but these are the big ones. To be frank, I'm pretty committed to this donor as she's almost perfect and the time frame suits but am still looking around just in case I find another who's equally as suitable.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read,

    yoga girl

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    Yoga girl

    Good luck if you go ahead. In theory repeat cycles should not affect egg quality but everyone has an up or down cycle. I personally took no extra time in researching my donor beyond firstly limiting to donors who met my time frame (so EDSA were immediately out because their records were so inaccurate) and then who met physical/psychological parameters and were proven. I know many people go much further than that but I found that not making it too emotional was better. I'd also come from Oz ED sites where you have zero choice on your donor so it never struck me to be so nosy about past cycles. I also had everything arranged before I found this page.

    I'd say don't get so emotional about a donor- they are not family (thankfully I'd say too) and a profile is no more accurate than a CV with respect to what they may really be like in person. I wouldn't be taking personality too seriously as I see children all day every day at work and within families there is absolutely little personality association from parent to child and between siblings. Epigenetics also play a large part in influencing your child's overall temperament. If things go pear shaped in your cycle you may have to suddenly become flexible and use other eggs/embryos anyway.

    You don't need anyone special to teach you to inject. Your GP clinic nurse would show you. I'm certain there are videos on Youtube and all drugs come with detailed pictures. It's a different drug protocol for recipient ED compared with your own IVF cycle. There's really not much to it so that part is easy.

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    hi yogagirl
    i think i remember your posts from before...
    i'm 45 have 4 year old conceived naturally and then miscarriages - with last one ending in sending me into menopause at 43 - so a little like yourself - felt guilty for keeping trying and also never had IVF....i now have twin baby brain so going to answer your q's by number if that's ok!
    1. our donor had done a lot as well but i wanted her on gut feeling - i questioned CFC about it - and tey reassured and as you have seen there is a lot of respect on here for cfc and the way they work - so went with it!

    2. yes well age.... seriously a few months doesn't make any difference - now ten years and maybe we wouldn't need south Africa! Having had a baby in my 40's was no picnic for me - and i know i didnt bounce back as quick as the younger mothers - but i know what to expect....and the twin thing is a concerning me - maybe something to think about - how many to put back etc..but all personal to you! with you 'name' suspect you are maybe a little fitter than me

    3. like you never done IVF and i didn't have to do the pre-cycle injections (Menopause therefore can be good!). Also didn't have a FE to sort stuff out. they wanted $1000 to monitor the cycle - which I didn't need but they couldn't offer anything else and actually were quite rude and unhelpful ...GP did all my scripts - learnt the butt injections form the internet and then got my husband to do them after a couple of weeks for prog shots.

    good luck with all and looks like you are on your way!
    ps CT will be lovely that time of year!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mardicharli View Post
    Hi Ladies!
    Not sure where I got up to with the thread but a huge congrats to all the BFPs recently and welcome to the newbies, always fabulous support and help to be found here.
    Im currently sitting in hospital after being admitted on Tues for very high bold pressure. 185/120. I told the nurse I was busy planning my baby shower for this weekend and she laughed at me.
    Thankfully they have managed to reduce it to an acceptable level and hopefully I will get to go home on rest.
    It has been a very stressful week thinking I could be rushed down to theatre at any min, as bubs is only just 32 weeks yesterday. They sent me for a growth scan to check bubs size which thankfully showed he/she was around 5pd 7oz which is very healthy for 32 weeks and helps!
    Unfortunately they have discovered bubs has something wrong with a kidney which wasn't picked up at earlier scans and faces the possibility of living with only one functioning kidney. Very stressful and waiting for pediatrician to come up to my room to discuss with hubby and I.. Waiting sure doesn't go away til you have that baby in your hands!!
    Loves to everyone! Xxx
    Mardicharli, sorry to hear you're in hospital, but at least your BP has come down. 5pds is a very good size for 32wks. I could have visited you yesterday as I was at Ashford for an appt for my lapband! Hope Dr L is looking after you 😊

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    Yoga Girl - I am just going to refer to your injection question. I had done IVF and before I started even that, I remember being petrified by the idea of injecting myself. But I have to tell you, put it far from your mind. The injections are fine and there are lots of tips around here (and the web) about how to minimise the hassle etc. If you go to CFC (and I would assume any clinic is the same) they will show you what to do and CFC will do it for you every day you are in CT if you want. Obviously, the more you do the easier it is but really, in the scheme of things, there are other things to waste you worry on !

    Actually I can add something on the FS issue....... I have done 3 cycles with CFC, 2 without a local FS. The first one I used my old FS but apart from writing scrips and the viabiilty ultrasound she didn't add any other value. For both 1 & 2 I did go back to my old IVF clinic for tests/scans etc and THAT was very easy and also bulk billed but this last cycle I have just done, I simply used my local GP for scripts etc and he put 'bulk bill' on all my scans and bloods. The only hassle is that you have to be more organised for testing and meds and the BT results are a day late. Finally, having said that, I am under the care of Dr M for immune stuff this cycle. He does nothing re the IVF aspects - I just tell him where I am at etc, and he adjusts his meds/tests accordingly.
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    Yogagirl, With CFC the only injection is the progesterone, DE is totally different from a normal OE IVF cycle. So no-one knows how to do those injections when you go over there as we dont really have IM Prog in Aus.
    They will teach you at CFC so no need to stress. My first 2 injections by myself were awkward, but got the hang of it after that and surprisingly for a big needle it doesn't really hurt, its the thought of putting it in that will affect you more.

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    Hi everyone

    It’s been a while since I last posted, but I have been following your stories.

    Firstly, a big congrats to all the BFP’s, this makes all we go through worthwhile. Really happy for you all.

    Big hugs to all who didn’t get a BFP this time. I hope you won’t give up just yet, but take the time you need to heal and try again when you’re ready.

    Emski – Was following your FET and i am so sorry it didn’t work. I am glad that you are making plans to head back to CFC for a fresh cycle.

    Mardi – Am sorry for your worries. Am glad your bub is doing well and the doctors picked the kidney issue and are taking care of you two.

    Miss Sagi & Blinky – My cycle buddies.. Happy to see you ladies are doing well and your bubs are growing nicely.

    AFM – I finalised the dates for my FET treatment plan. My lining scan is on 21 August and our transfer is scheduled for 26 August. I started the OCP yesterday so it’s all becoming real now. I am starting to look for accommodation and will have probably paid for flights buy end on next week. I’ll probably take up accommodation with Faith Cartwright, her rates are reasonable and her place convenient, since it will be just me this time around.

    I am excited and nervous about doing this all again. The pain of the miscarriage is still fresh and I am really worried about a negative result, because I don’t really know why I miscarried last time.

    We have 6 frosties and 4 are very good quality so that gives me hope.

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    Faith, so glad you've started again. Sonetimes there is no reason why miscarriages happen, its just put down to nature. I have good vibes that this time will work. 😊

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    Well results in from first scan - and two sacks were seen.

    Hard not to get too excited yet (was too early to see heart beat).

    😀

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