I just found out a friend of mine succeeded with her IVF and she credits Dr G Sacks.. I can't say I've read many good things about him.. He seems to be Dr M's arch nemesis lol.
Meanwhile, I didn't know Gavin Sacks was also an FS! Would be handy to have the one person doing everything.. Saves me having to find an FS after I see Dr M.
I think you hear good things about DrM because this is thread seems to be a dedicated thread for him. People who have bad experiences with DrM don't necessary speak up........ I personally don't have any experience with Dr Sack. However, all IVFA patient whose FS is open to the idea of NK cell uses his protocol. It is a standard protocol that's written in a piece of paper. As for drM, everyone is different. To me, the immune treatment is all trial and error anyway. Some get lucky, some dont'. Yes it is a hassle to work alogn side with drM but I reckon it is important to find a FS who is at your best interest and like to work with you. I got drM second opinion and did intralipid with him before i could do it locally here. However, i went with the standard Bondi protocol for my last round of IVF (the successful round). The protocol wasn't really much different than what DrM had suggested me. I used to stress myself up with every little details about the dosage and timing. During my last round, i decided not to do my head in and stressed out with the two protocols. After all, it is all trials and errors. I went with Bondi protocol for the dosage as the dosage was much more within my comfort zone and continue the intralipid locally. Note, i probably don't have as severe problem like some of the ladies here.
Good luck. Hope you get your take home baby with the first try.
Dr Sacks is the one who came up with the bondi protocol (clexane, progesterone, prednisolone). He doesn't really deviate from that. So I guess it depends on how severe your immune issues are. I had a friend who had success with him. I followed the protocol and unfortunately that ended in a stillbirth. I saw dr s after that and did not have a very good experience. He's a lovely man but was blunt and extremely pessimistic about my chances.
Considering you don't want to waste time I suggest you stick with dr m and tell him about your worries regarding your age and hopefully he can sort you out sooner rather than later.
Yes, I have read that Dr Sacks is quite blunt and not that friendly. I'm sure my friend found him ok because she's only 32... I'm 40!!!! I'm not sure he'd have much hope for me!!
I'm truly so excited to start Dr M's protocol! I seriously cannot wait!!!!!!
So glad everything is going well, but so sorry to hear you've been a bit sick. Hopefully it was just a cold?
Just wondering. Does Dr M suggest you continue on the protocol of meds (dosages reduced) as a preventative for immune issues? I wouldn't mind being on preventative immunity meds to ward off potential problems in the future..
Anyway, They didn't find anything really other than the positive slightly elevated ANA and NK cell in blood test. Only drM can interpret the biopsy result because he isn't using standard lab like any other clinics. He said slightly elevated -- compared to what I have seen here, the number is very low. Basically, my FS agreed to do a kitchen sink approach to throw Bondi protocol in and I do intralipid on the side. She suspected (me too) that my unsuccessful rounds were probably due to poor quality embryos rather than immune issue. But I want 100% effort given I did this interstate. I have her to thank for the success. She has never used the same IVF drugs and protocol on me. Very proactive.
Alan Beer says immune issues can cause fragmented embryos and low quality eggs.
My embryos are fragmented or grow slowly. That's why I'm holding off doing another cycle until Dr M sees me.
My FS thinks my issue is a quality issue due to my age, but I just turned 40. I shouldn't have that many bad quality eggs, surely. Anyway, going to PGD this time..
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