@mummy2016 you need to post 10 or something times in order to use the private message function in bubhub...just do a few small posts in here.
Congratulations @BB4Me you are pregnant! Thanks for info on big cats at Stellenbosch winery. We might make a day trip there.
@KMP sounds like you have a beautiful blast on board. Good luck.
@Tahli - I didn't realise this was your 4th time. I have everything crossed for you that this will be the one.
All this talk of single transfers working has got me thinking. We were going to put 2 back in but really don't want twins (but would deal with it if we got them). We need to weigh this up.....
@mummy2016 When considering agency fees and donor egg supply I found Cape Town to be a better (and cheaper ie. half the price) option than in Canada or the States. I have one friend who had one DE cycle in Canada, two have purchased eggs through/gone to the States and four have gone to SA.
What I liked about SA was that they have a regulated process. In Canada it seems semi-legal, where in SA, it is a legal process. The number of cycles that CFC does instills confidence that the egg donors are treated well and the doctors have it down to a science.
All prices for SA in $CDN. Flights $1400-$4000 depending time of year. KLM & British Airways have the quickest. Agency fees ~$1500. DE cycle with CFC (CFC is the only clinic I would use in Cape Town) was $6000 in 2015, I have heard that has increased in 2016.
I am pretty sure that CFC won't do a 'put everything together and ship them off.' (I know they do this in the states for ~$20,000) I went to SA for a fresh embryo transfer. As I had 10 embryos remaining and contracted an infection on the plane home which causes miscarriages I requested that CFC ship my embryos to Toronto.
After much e-mailing (the lab here was terrible), it took four months to get the embryos here. Things I would recommend:
- Ensure that your sperm and egg donors are tested for STDs to be Canadian compliant (Hep B Antigen required for Canada, this is not required for donor sperm in SA or the US).
- Use the embryoscope ($400 in 2015, likely more now). There seemed to be a bump in BFPs in 2015, when CFC started using embryoscopes. My doctor here thinks it is great.
- Be very specific with CFC on labelling the straws (and specify if you want only one transferred) when they freeze the embryos. My straws are mishmashed: two yellow straws (one with good embryos, one with not-so-good embryos). So I am playing roulette at my next transfer.
DO NOT USE Cryozoom for delivery from SA to Canada. He promised the world and ghosted when I said it was time to ship. I highly recommend Kynisi. Costa is great and knows the requirements for shipping embryos around the world. Cost to ship is GBP 1800 or $3000.
My e-mail is in the private message. I don't come on the forum much as after my BFN (and miscarriage) it is hard to read about others getting excited about going or their BFP. Though I would like to thank all the women who have children and posted that it was worth it a few weeks ago. It gave me hope, and made me feel better about this soul sucking process.
Last edited by Canuck1; 08-03-2016 at 11:14.
Thanks MrsErinR. I appreciate it.
Wow, Thank you so much Canuck, Very informative. Thank you for taking your time to type this informative message.
Weighing my options. wish I can send you a private message.
I know its hard seeing all the good news, and wondering when yours will happen, it will happen, we just have to remain positive, easier said than done. Remain hopeful.
How long do you have to stay when doing a FET at CFC?
You can fly in and out on the same day if you wish. I'm staying overnight this time. It's an arduous journey though if you're on limited time.
Pregnant for the first-time?
Not sure where to start? We can help!