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    Hey Gals - hope everyone is doing well!!

    Kimmy: Sounds like the egg pickup went very well and a 5 day blast transfer is great news. (My OE IVF cycles never made it to 5 days; always transferred at 3 days). Have fun in Mykanos and I wish you a smooth, easy transfer and a BFP of course!! (Did you ever find out if the 700 EU for the donor meds were part of the fee Dr K told you to bring or was that extra? Just planning ahead so I know what to expect!!)

    Brim: Have a wonderful trip. I'm sure you will have a great egg pick up and transfer too! Relax, stay positive and keep us all posted! I knew someone else was going around now. How great for you guys over in Greece doing a cycle.... Can't wait to get there myself!!

    Everything going okay here. Having a "good" AF as Dr K wanted! DH blood work this week. Then, hopefully one more AF at end of July/start of Aug and then the next one will be THE cycle!! Still shooting for Sept in Greece. I'm starting to get excited....... With Kimmy and Brim there, it all seems so real now.

    Fingers crossed for BFPs!
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    I erred on the side of caution and got referral for all the tests that any clinic mentioned - I figure, what's the harm?! So going for a hysteroscopy instead of an Aquascan. I have fibroids although they were never a concern for implantation but it makes sense to me to have everything fully checked out ahead of time. DH has also had more sperm tests than we ever had with oe IVF and is joking about the mags getting a little boring!! He has no known issues but with a younger egg any potential issues could come more into play so we paid the $500 and got on with it!!

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    IrisJ, I agree with Vixcj on talking with the clinics you have narrowed down and let them know your concerns and what alternatives they have. It really does seem all clinics are different - I like you HATE needles (10 years of IVF will do that to you I guess). But at the same time I would have done it for this short period of time, it was just lucky the protocol Iakentro put me on didnt include the Clexane. I did the hysteroscopy before I went over to check everything was normal inside but had nothing over there such as aquascans. I asked about it and they prefer not to do them as they believe it irrates the uterous so close to implantation - who knows really they all say different things, do different things but all seem to get results. I suggest do you research, ask all the questions of a few of them and then just go with your gut feeling on where you feel most supported. I remember making the decisions - it started doing my head in. Good luck with it.

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    Thanks to all the ladies who are helping me with my decision. It is truly appreciated as I'm doing my head in trying to do the right thing for us and pick a good clinic.

    Vixj I am also a poor responder to meds. You are right our histories are similar! I am so glad though that you have a healthy and happy little one now! Practicing his roar! How very cute!!

    My appointments with the clinics are coming up and I will ask the questions. Hopefully they can give me the plan asap. I'm lost without a plan in my hand!

    I'll let you guys know...

    Xx

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    Hello! Just a quick update on our journey 😄. We landed this morning at 8.30, Dr Kanakas called us at 9.30 and wanted us to go straight in to the clinic!!

    It's all been a bit of a whirlwind, our donor had egg pickup this morning (13 eggs) and basically after a quick scan on me to check lining and hubby being ushered off for a sperm sample (he was in shock!!) Dr K is happy to go ahead!! WOW, what timing! Dr K did have a back up donor but it has all fallen in to place with donor no. 1, we are so pleased, just keeping everything crossed we get good fertilisation over night.

    Just to give you all a bit more info on what's going on here, the public transport is still free, so we have been using the metro which is easy. You can use credit cards in most places, we've just paid part cash/part card at the clinic, although we could have paid it all on card. There are still queues at the banks, the locals are limited to €60 withdrawal per day. All else seems normal to be honest, we are sitting in Starbucks having a coffee 😀.

    We are heading back to our hotel now for a SLEEP..😴😴😴, we've been on the go for 36+ hours. Will update you when we can.

    Take care everyone, speak soon. Xxx

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    Hi Brimrush, wishing you a great result in Greece!

    Wetsetter - How many eggs and embies did you get? Any frosties?

    Vixjc - Just wanted to say thank you for your informative, positive and balanced views and posts. It is due to this forum (and your 'journey' with Thomas) that I have been inspired to make Greece my reality. A wise friend once told me, if you appreciate someone - let them know. So just wanting to say thanks.

    Kymmy - how are things progressing? Hope all is well.

    Justcantstop - great to hear the uterus query is all sorted with Dr K. Wouldn't twins be wonderful? My mum is a twin.

    IrisJ - have fun choosing. From what I've read on this forum, if you go with Serum (Penny), Embryoland (Dr K) or Iakentro (Ruth Pellow) - you can't go wrong. Ladies on this thread have had great success and positive experiences with these clinics.

    I have been wondering... on a different topic - has anyone had a test for 'killer cells' or treatment with intralipids? My FS mentioned it recently. However because I am on the pill he was unable to test for it.

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    hi irisj
    seems some of the ladies here answered you, but i can add-
    after just completing at embryoland, the protocol there includes injections (its unavoidable if you are doig IVF with your own eggs) but NONE of them are the painful kind. it was actually a great feat for me to learn to self- inject, (i think you could go for the nurses to do it everyday too) and to get relaxed around these really small needles...they are really small and delicate and just go into a chunk of fat on your belly. i hardly felt most of them, the worst was like a little sting feeling.
    pressing with cotton/alcohol well after each injection was also very good for no bruising or left-over pain sensations
    about implantation testing - surprised i never heard of it, but i'd be very wary of any extra tests, expensive or not. as we go through ALL this, we also are well served to trust our bodies at the same time, rather than pre-empt every potential problem, i think. why not assume you implant fine? and massage that message with oil into your belly and speak it to your uterine lining.....

    for the ladies in greece- great! so happy to hear of good experiences with dr. k. i have been back from greece for about a month, and i miss him a lot! i keep skyping just so he can smile on my belly and sick, pale face! (the good sickness though) and i am really glad they can all continue there, business as usual in such strained times. the greeks, and dr.k's office in particular (!!) have such a way of rolling with things, never stressing unduly, keeping a good attitude and facing what needs to be done only as it comes.

    best of luck to all!

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    Brim: Sounds like things are going very well. Yippeee for you! I wish you the best. Have a great transfer and enjoy your time in Greece too!

    Cherry: Twins would be wonderful..... while I hate to think that far ahead, I do know that if/when I get pregnant, due to my age, I will most likely not be able to do it again here or in Greece! One healthy baby will be just fine, but if it were twins, I'm sure we'd be thrilled!!

    Iris: See what happens with your calls and once you get your questions answered. Don't make a decision strictly based on any one factor (ie protocol). Take everything into account and then go with what your gut instinct tells you and you'll be fine.

    Now that Greece has voted "no" , I'm curious to see what happens there. Things are going to get more strained before they get better. Let's all pray the clinics are not impacted in any significant way.

    Re the extra tests, my doctor here is not a fan. He told me not to do a hysteroscopy unless Dr. K wants it (I said let's do it just to make sure). He asked me when the last time I had one was and what was the result. He basically said if there has been nothing else going on in there since and the scan does not show anything that it should be fine. I asked Dr. K, he said nothing further was necessary. So, I can't comment on whether any of you should do them. I did many more tests when I was doing IVF with my own eggs, but after all of that, the consensus from the doctors was that my eggs were too old and I needed a donor. I guess that's why the doctors don't need to redo alot of that now.

    Okay, lovely ladies....be well everyone!

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    Hi mermaid we won't be using my eggs as after 7 rounds of ivf they could not get any quality ones. The FS says that I can do ivf for as long as I get my period (43 now) but because I don't respond well to meds and don't produce many eggs the chances for us are less than 5%. That percentage was given to us because partner also has dodgy sperms. So they said even if they finally get a good quality egg from me, the chances that it'll develop into an embryo is closer to zero. All of that and the financial and emotional stress is sending us to Greece.

    As for needles I've had to do them for a year now so I've had lots of practice. I tried an ice cube to numb the area. I'm such a wuss I know 😬

    I'll see what the clinics say. Apart from starting to try for a baby at 42 and therefore not producing quality eggs, we have not had to investigate anything else.
    I know what you mean by being positive and having some faith. I have to practice that!!

    xx

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    Kymmy and Brim we are keeping our fingers crossed for you. Thanks for the updates re the situation in Greece...

    xx

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