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    Vix thank you for thinking of me. Yes it has been v difficult but that's ok. Reading this thread I see that many have gone through so much and have endured years of disappointment. Miscarriages and all the rest......we are all very strong and brave to embark on this path. I feel genuinely relieved and glad whenever someone on this site announces their pregnancy. It is because we all know what it feels like to go through all this crap. Meds, disappointments, heartbreaks. It is soul destroying. I like this site though because we also hear good news!!

    You are right I am very methodical ( sometimes too much). I know we shouldn't question the clinics about the donors much but there are certain things I would like to know. I haven't spoken to either clinic but have emailed them a list of questions about their donor selection and care. Based on that I should be able to finalise my decision by the end of this week. We are looking at early Oct at this stage if all goes according to plan. Tomorrow I will have to do a series of tests as requested by Serum and with the help of the FS send the form back.

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    Hi everyone
    WOW there is so much happening on this thread atm! - its awesome and I'm so excited for the ladies in Greece at the moment I just want to give you a great big giant virtual hug!
    I've been reading all the posts every day but just haven't really had much time to sit and post!

    I have to say Dr Nikos is just a beautiful man. I had a long skype with him last Saturday and we needed to work out once and for all if we were going over end of July or Sept (we had already told him that Sept was better for us etc). Long story but he had already started to sync a donor with my cycle and she wasn't able to wait til Sept so he assured me that he would find another donor. We chatted about the economy and life and all sorts of things, it was a great chat and all good!

    LOL! within an hour of our skype call I was a wreck thinking - are we losing the 'perfect for me' donor? will the donor in Sept be a 'second' choice donor? What if he can't find another perfect for me donor? With everything closed in August will there be no donor available for early Sept because how can he possibly sync the donor? October is when uni starts so not an ideal time for donors!!!!!!!!!!!!!! errrrrrrrr! then there is the fact that frozen has a slightly higher success rate than fresh - honestly I was making myself sick!

    I sent him an email that night with like 4 different options - should DH fly over now and me in Sept, should DH fly now and then all of us in Sept, should I wait til Sept or would waiting til much later in the year be better? My biggest concern is getting the right donor.

    He replied within an hour (on Saturday) and said I will skype you tomorrow!

    He called and said "stop worrying, no more panic! You are a beautiful women and I know that I have to find a donor that is as beautiful as you but 15yrs younger!" It will be fine.
    Obviously it was longer but he was just so reassuring and said that no matter what his priority was to find the best possible donor for me.

    Gosh I wish more specialists in Australia had his empathy and care!

    So, as it stand now my cycle starts Aug 26th which will mean heading to Greece around the 5th of Sept so I'm there for my day 13 (sept 7th)

    I've been so calm about the whole thing but now its getting so close that I can almost touch it the nerves are starting to kick in!

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    Jamellah good to hear that things are going smoothly for you and Dr k is so good. I have heard that Oct is a good time as a lot of the donors would be unit students back from holidays. Who would knock back a smart donor studying at university? xx

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    I'm the same! Not had time to post recently what with work...
    Jamellabeth - I always thought a fresh transfer was more successful? That's what we've been led to believe...
    Also thinking of all you ladies in Greece at the mo, wishing you lots of luck!
    IrisJ thanks for the advice to seek out a naturopath, another person said the same thing to me only yesterday... I've never thought about I before but may be worth looking into
    We are waiting for our 'hidden infection' results from Serum, they should be with us in the next few days. Then we can plan from there...
    If we do go to Athens it will be late Oct early Nov. Sorry I don't contribute as much as I would like but always read the posts... Such a great group of women and very supportive

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    Laiylabelle you can check out Ann Digby. Website Ann Digby health. She has done wonders for younger women with fertility problems.....

    xx

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    Thanks IrisJ x

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    Hi @Laiylabelle, fresh was always considered the best but in the last few years frozen is now slightly higher. There are a few articles about it and even Dr Nikos told me, its because frozen is usually all day 5 blasties and the new 'snap freeze' methods mean that they thaw better and if they survive the thaw they are the strongest!
    Genea were doing a study a couple of years ago because the success rate of frozen over fresh was increasing.
    http://www.fertilitycenter.com/ferti...rozen-embryos/
    http://www.goivf.com/treatment-optio...ayed-transfer/

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    Wow! I didn't know that. Will have a read thank you...:thumbup:

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    Hi Jamellabeth, interesting info. Thanks!

    Hi everyone! Hope all is well in Greece for those there now and those soon to travel.

    Hi Vixjc, Yes Ruth also works with Newlife clinic in Greece. So that provides another alternative. I haven't heard much feedback from ladies who have gone to Newlife but apparently they are one of the few clinics that are ISO9000 accredited - which means their standards are very high.

    I am down to my 2 last tests... swabs. Had them done before the hysteroscopy so should get the results soon.

    For those ladies returning for bub no. 2 at the same clinic, did you have to do the tests all over again?

    Also - has anyone on this thread ever tried intralipids? When I had my hysto, another lady in the recovery room was getting them transfused...

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    Hey CherryCP - I haven't had to do anything again for my attempt for bubs at Serum other than the saline sonography to check the state of the uterus, and the HIV blood test.

    As for intralipids, I did them on both my donor cycles, don't know whether it makes a difference to be honest. First time I had received the transfusion three times I think, all in Melb on either side of the trip to Greece. On the second cycle (the successful cycle which was at serum) I only had the one transfusion which was while I was in Greece (they did it because I asked for it).


 

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