We did a 50/50 hubby and donor sperm cycle last year. We have significant known issues with hubby's sperm but he needed one more try and was happy to do this.
This was our 5th stim (second with warren) and we got our first ever day 5 embryos!! From Over 20 eggs none of hubby's make it past day 3/4 and we ended up with 4 donor embryos of varying quality. We got our BFP from that fresh cycle but sadly our son was stillborn in February (not related to IVF or donor). We transferred the last 3 embryos with no luck.
We are cycling again now (day 5) and will be using all donor sperm.
It was a tough decision but we are so glad we decided to try. It was our own little study and it showed that donor is our best chance of becoming parents.
It's just important to discuss what you will do if you get da 5 embryos from both your partner and donor - will you transfer DP first or best quality first etc. You can't mix them and you must know which is transferred.
It took us months to decide to use a donor, we took about 6 months without any IVF and just talked and talked. It's a huge decision and you need to be ok with it. This is tough when your AMH is low I'm sure.
After 3 years of trying we decided we care much more about having a baby than how it happens. Genes just aren't important to us anymore. I would use donor eggs (my sister has offered) if we needed them.
@Grace1 yes that's it. It feels long because that first month you just wait for day 20. The actual stim takes the same time. I never got good results with short cycles.
@pingc383 the main advantage is that the embryos remain at a stable temperature rather than being pulled in and out of the freezer. I guess you could ring more but I doubt anything more than daily updates would tell you much.
We got our growth hormone from Warren, I can't remember the dose but I know it was the cheapest option.
@pingc383 - Hi hun I have requested the embryoscope on all 3 of my cycles with Warren, unfortunately the first time it was booked up so no room for me however they have since bought another one so more availability. The advantage of it is the scientists can look in on the embies through a video link so no disturbance of taking them out of the best environment and exposing them to unatural environment. Also they can watch a video of each embies development therefore having more information when deciding which embie to put back. Unfortunately though no you cant watch the video yourself you can get updates daily but last cycle I only rang for them every few days. I have also used the Scitropin in the past hin but sorry I cant remember the vial size, I am using Saizen this cycle.
@pingc383 not at all :-) thanks for all the info and taking the time to write it all out :-)
Last edited by gorgeousgeorge; 11-10-2016 at 18:09.
Is anyone else here on 200mg progesterone pessaries? Can I ask how much you're paying and where from? I'm currently paying $90 for 30 at my life my health compounding pharmacy at Spring Hill which was cheapest last time I rang around- but my OB said there's a new product you can get from regular (i.e. not compounded) chemists that's much cheaper. I've rang around but all the prices I've been quoted are far more expensive, so thought I'd ask you ladies
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