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    Yeah well each to their own. It is good to offer details of both programs as this allows for people to make informed decisions.

    Personally I don't care If anyone chooses to use travelling donors or QFG as that is their decision but I will give them information on the program if they ask me for it.
    Personally I don't really care if people don't like the program or QFG either. But I do think if your going to knock a program or an entire company at least have first hand experience with them both.

    So having been through the whole program now I can at least give an unbiased opinion of it and discuss the pros and cons to ladies considering going down the ED route through travelling donors.

    Personally going to SA didn't suit me because I don't like travel in fact I hate it and would be completely miserable and sick the whole time. I just don't do flying well. Add in that transfers can fail and unfortunately some ladies on here have had to go back muliple times and still no BFP. So not everyone gets success first go and I don't think I could cope with the heart ache of a failed cycle and the fact that my frozen embryos are on the other side of the world.

    Plus I love my specialist at QFG he is awesome and many people agree with me. Plus "my" stored sperm is at QFG.

    Yes personally I am very happy to have 9 top quality blasts frozen here in Brisbane. That gives me 9 good shots with minimal travel which suits me and hopefully a couple of those will be sticky.
    Quote Originally Posted by KMP View Post
    $26 000 whoa crazy.

    CFC well under $10k for full cycle with donor and FET about $500. Even blood test there is only $17. Freezing is super cheap too in comparison with QFG.

    I personally preferred the intimacy of CFC and the genuine friendlinesd of the doctor there compared with QFG in Brisbane (who treat you like a number and always have issues with accounts). The anaesthetic costs in Brisbane were outrageous too. I was not impressed at the length of time one anaesthetist billed when I had been accidentally given my theatre notes with anaesthetic start and finish times. Being a clinician who works in hospitals I knew it was a ridiculous. Surgery time 11 minutes billed an hour. Typical IVF money making attitude.

    Quality of eggs is the issue not numbers. Too many eggs overstimulated will not mean a better outcome. Trust your doctor to know what they are doing. I had 7 eggs and nearly kissed Dr Matabese and she was so thrilled that I understood. 6 fertilized with 4 high quality embryos. 2 pregnancies from 2 transfers so far.

    It is always quality over quantity with IVF. Older eggs will have a higher fallout at fertilisation than younger or better quality eggs.

    Upping dtims is not good. Overstimulation redults in higher numbers of less poorly developed eggs. Seriously, these people are specialists who know what they are doing. Just trust them to do their job, and they do it well at CFC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMP View Post
    $26 000 whoa crazy.

    CFC well under $10k for full cycle with donor and FET about $500. Even blood test there is only $17. Freezing is super cheap too in comparison with QFG.

    I personally preferred the intimacy of CFC and the genuine friendlinesd of the doctor there compared with QFG in Brisbane (who treat you like a number and always have issues with accounts). The anaesthetic costs in Brisbane were outrageous too. I was not impressed at the length of time one anaesthetist billed when I had been accidentally given my theatre notes with anaesthetic start and finish times. Being a clinician who works in hospitals I knew it was a ridiculous. Surgery time 11 minutes billed an hour. Typical IVF money making attitude.

    Quality of eggs is the issue not numbers. Too many eggs overstimulated will not mean a better outcome. Trust your doctor to know what they are doing. I had 7 eggs and nearly kissed Dr Matabese and she was so thrilled that I understood. 6 fertilized with 4 high quality embryos. 2 pregnancies from 2 transfers so far.

    It is always quality over quantity with IVF. Older eggs will have a higher fallout at fertilisation than younger or better quality eggs.

    Upping dtims is not good. Overstimulation redults in higher numbers of less poorly developed eggs. Seriously, these people are specialists who know what they are doing. Just trust them to do their job, and they do it well at CFC.
    KMP - Congratulations on your latest pregnancy. I was just curious whether your 3 embryos were stored in separate straws or as multiple embryos in one straw? Thanks

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    Congratulations Tahli that is awesome news for you .

    We land on the 15th July and don't fly to London till the 16th August, my son and I are staying at the Park Inn at Newlands with a car so out adventuring everyday. I had tried to get an apartment but just couldn't line up the dates and wasn't interested in moving around places and with the rest of the travel I just did it through the travel agent, Park Inn for 31 days $1600 I thought was pretty reasonable.

    While we are there he will turn 9 so will have to see how we are traveling with everything an when to do the safari, he wants to go shark cage diving thank god you have to be over 12 for that.

    Has anyone done a township tour? I'm looking at the one at Langa mainly because of the kids and the support they get from the tour. Also so my son can see how lucky he is to other kids around the world, his class is putting something together from them to the kids at Langa.

    Thank you Tahli and ECM on the book I'm going to search out the rest and see what is available and go from there.

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    Absolutely agree @Maxwellsmum and also in regards to cost this cycle is costing us a lot, close to 30k including airfares and accom plus extra dollars spent on getting our immunology stuff sorted out. If travelling donors was mentioned to me earlier i definately would have looked into it more. We each have very different backgrounds and fertility issues so we all make our own choices based on that. I personally would not have been happy with a number of 6 or 7 eggs retrieved because out of my 11 good embryos from our first collection i am still not pregnant. So i blame myself/my body for letting these embryos down. I am a healthy 34yr old woman so its quite hard when your body lets you down. So when i looked for my next donor i need someone with a great track record. My donor has in the past produced over 10 blast of great quality leading to pregnancies. That appeals to me. What Im trying to say through all this waffling is that we are all different and make our own choices based on our own lives. @KMP how lucky you are that you had success both times. I wish so many other women i know through this thread had your same luck.
    congrats on a great pick up @Maxwellsmum I hope there are some sticky one too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahli View Post
    Girls, thanks so much again for suggesting your egg donors and discussing your remaining embryos with me. This week an exceptionally generous BubHuber has donated me her 3 remaining embryos. I'm flying over to CT in exactly 4 weeks, with transfer the day I land (Fri 20th May). Fingers firmly crossed I have better luck with my 3 very special gifts, .
    Yippee tahli! All fingers and toes crossed and knotted!!

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    I am looking to be back in SA from approx 18 May to 25 to transfer my last frostie. I am nervous it might not defrost..then where do I go? I was quite disappointed with my donor only giving me 2 blasts.. With me putting one in and freezing one. If this doesn't work not sure if I will be heading back here for a third try., but will definitely have to get some suggestions on egg donors producing higher numbers of blasts.

    On another note.. I have done a Langa tour.. Would definitely recommend. .. Gives a look how others live.,

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    Tahli, that's great news and such a beautiful gesture from the BHuber, a great way to give back for what we have been given 😊.

    Kylie, have a plan to do something extravagant over there just in case it arrests. I think defrosting % are quite high though.
    As a backup, you could always consider what Thali has done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECM1981 View Post
    That would be an amazing gift @babywish313 very thoughtful. I'm sure she would love it. We have had to mive our dates by 2 weeks which is annoying as we already had annual leave booked and airfares too. But our donor wants a break before our cycle so we want her to be happy as she is going through a lot for us. Its just extra money we didnt want to waste. We had already got our dates from our nurse which was why we went ahead and booked our flights. She requested the change the next day...typical! Maybe its fate and it will all be for the best

    That's my biggest fear - having to push it back to suit the donor. I can't move my time off by two weeks - it would have to be a whole month later.

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    @kylie764 Firstly, I'm sorry you only got 2 blasts from your ED. What grade is the remaining one and have you discussed whether it's possible to access an embryo from the CFC embryo bank if this little one fails to thaw properly? Also, what date are you looking at ET?

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    Ladies just popping in here from the Czech thread I hope you don't mind, a question if anyone could help, my gp is willing to give me a clexane injection for the flight, just wondering if any of you ladies have been prescribed it for flight reasons only because of the combo of age/long haul flight/estrogen etc, if so how much were you on? Thanks for any help


 

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