Ladies, I have to say I admire your strength. Its such a hard path to be going down. We are just starting out on the whole IVF caper and already trying to pace ourselves so we don't get emotionally and financially overwhelmed.
We are based in Melbourne, and would look to go somewhere like Monash next time around. I don't necessarily think they are a better clinic, just that if I turn up there with what didn't work and am seeking a second opinion, they are more likely to give it to me. I don't think one size fits all, but each clinic does their 'protocol' and hopes that it works.
I think I would probably try Dr Lagotis, as I hear he is quite progressive.
We are using clinic-recruited donor sperm, so think it will be near-on impossible to move the embryos away from the clinic- we will use them up and go from there.
The only thing I did differently on the successful (although ultimately unsuccessful) transfer was take high-strength fish oil. I did some hunting about on line and found some research that says taking the fish oil can suppress auto-immune issues when TTC.
The chem cycle (I only know because I tested early- first beta was negative) I wasn't taking the fish oil prior to transfer and only every day or two after transfer.
The fish oil can take up to 6 weeks to work (according to the naturopath), and I have been taking it for about 2 1/2 so far. It might be mumbo-jumbo or purely a placebo effect, but I am now taking it every day without fail in the hope that it can bring a sticky BFP (hopefully on a chromosomally normal embryo).
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28-06-2015 10:30 #11
28-06-2015 12:11 #12
I'm a long term IVF'er (approx 3.5 years) and now 20 weeks pregnant.
It's been a long struggle (1 fresh transfer and 6 frozen) my advise is if your still at the same clinic, don't be afraid to change.
Also don't be afraid to try new things, herbs, acupuncture, diet change, a mini break etc what works for some may not work for others but at least you know you've tried.
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28-06-2015 12:21 #13
28-06-2015 14:34 #14
@jk 565, my new specialist is Dr L - he's definitely more progressive.
If this FET doesn't work, I might look into the fish oil.
@Cevapa - congratulations! It's nice to know that if you keep trying it can happen.
It's seems like we've tried everything under the sun with no luck - acupuncture, Chinese herbs, other supplements, kinesiology, diet change, holidays, changing clinics and specialists, we even tried doing nothing...The list goes on!!! But I guess all you can do is keep trying and hope that one day we get the right combo.
@Caesardust - all the best with your frosties!
28-06-2015 16:49 #15
I'll be following your progress with Dr L, @freakedout44. Hope its a short journey to your happy BFP.
I'll be trying acupuncture on day of transfer as well. I think Im meant to do more sessions then that but thats all I can accommodate, so will have to get by on that.
Congratulations @Cevapa. Its good to hear the BFP stories.
Good luck @Caesardust with your next transfer.
28-06-2015 16:55 #16
I do acupuncture once a week and they change the points depending on where I'm in my cycle. Mostly it's about increasing blood flow to the womb before ovulation and then relaxation after the transfer. I don't know if it helps as it hasn't worked for me so far but I now only pay $5 per session because I've reached the medicare threshold for the year. So I figure why not!
28-06-2015 20:40 #17
28-06-2015 21:50 #18
@Cevapa yes if it is classed as medical acupuncture which my fertility acupuncturist does as it is out of a doctors clinic. I was seeing another one but the costs were piling up. I'm so grateful for this lady. She's really good too! If you're in melbourne I can give you her name.
28-06-2015 22:05 #19
@Caesardust, Im in Melbourne- are you able to PM their details?
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28-06-2015 22:12 #20
Big hugs, it can be a long arduous journey.
After 8 years and countless cycles we finally got our BFP almost 3 years ago. Our little miracle is almost 2.
Here is a link to my story if you are interested.
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