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    My posts seemed to have disappeared so if ive doubled up soz about that. @Caesardust congrats-hope you have a shot gun wedding! xox @faithandhopellove greece is about 10k for cycle, 1500-2000k flights each and 500-1000 accom in apartment for 10 days, hope that helps :-) @MamaKes hi:-) if it wasnt for you posting on this thread i never would have found out about capetown, then oseas options, then greece which is where im going, so thank you so much. You're an inspiration to me and i will always be greatful for the unknowing part you played in helping me find a new pathway xox

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    @Caesardust awww bless your DP thats lovely! I loved @Tahlis post about you in your flowing wedding gown with a baby bump, so lovely. Ive never had any bloods done before transfer, its usually a day after to check progesterone. I guess just try and relax now for Monday, are they transferring one embryo or 2? So exciting! Your lining was perfect on your last scan so you are all ready to go! When do you get your next embryo update?

    @skeeter yes this part of the tww is the worst, it really messes with your head. If you're only 9dpo today you wouldnt be feeling anything pregnancy related anyway, it would be more around 11/12 or after that any of that starts happening so hang in there (says the most negative nelly you've ever seen in her past TWWs!). Distraction is really the only thing you can do. Good luck xx

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    Bubhub is being crazy and won't let me 'thumbs up' anything. Its punishing me for not checking in with everyone yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caesardust View Post
    So the story goes.....we were in Kirstenbosch gardens at the foot of table mountain sitting on the grass in the sunshine admiring the view and he said 'will you marry me' in Zulu and I said 'what are you saying?' So he showed me his phone with the translation and then he put the ring on my finger. He had been so nervous he felt sick. Perfect location, gorgeous ring and hopefully a good luck charm for this de cycle all rolled into one. It will never be forgotten that's for sure. Picturesque!

    Quick cycle question ladies. Do you ever have a blood test to check levels before the transfer? Today is day 1? (day after Epu) and we are aiming for a day 5 transfer on Monday. They haven't asked me to do anything now until Monday but I wonder if my body is in the best way to receive this embryo. Should I ask them to check anything?
    No ive never had any checks of anything between epu and day 5 :-)

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    Thanks for the replies ladies. Our bub is only 3 months old but I am trying to figure out what we can afford next year. DH has cracked it majorly with his job and wants to quit so that will make things very tricky. I have a casual job that I can go back to (I got fed up with my full time job awhile back so I can't blame DH for his meltdown) so I may need to work more hours if we go to DE.

    @winsor your suggestion sounds very good. We have time on our side so can wait plus I did not like the FS we had at Genea. Such an arrogant so and so. I really did not want to deal with him again.

    Thanks for the costings too ladies. It seems DE is pricey wherever you do it. Mind you if I got an 80% success rate like @tuxcat I think it would be worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by faithandhopellove View Post
    Thanks for the replies ladies. Our bub is only 3 months old but I am trying to figure out what we can afford next year. DH has cracked it majorly with his job and wants to quit so that will make things very tricky. I have a casual job that I can go back to (I got fed up with my full time job awhile back so I can't blame DH for his meltdown) so I may need to work more hours if we go to DE.

    @winsor your suggestion sounds very good. We have time on our side so can wait plus I did not like the FS we had at Genea. Such an arrogant so and so. I really did not want to deal with him again.

    Thanks for the costings too ladies. It seems DE is pricey wherever you do it. Mind you if I got an 80% success rate like @tuxcat I think it would be worth it!
    I can relate to that fed up with job thing too! Ive just been sorting out stuff all day with the cycle and we've now changed health funds and it seems like the whole thing is coming out a bit cheaper than what I thought, so thats brilliant! Im thinking all up its 10k and that includes us travelling down to canberra and staying there for 6 nights as we thought we would have a bit of a holiday whilst we are down there. I guess if we need more FETs then thats when it starts to add up.

    Yeah Im quite cynical about the 80% I don't quite know what thats based on, my donor isnt proven as she's never donated but has kids and is young/fit/healthy. We shall see.

    You don't get to choose your FS at RPA - what was your FS initials?? All of them that work at RPA are Genea FS. Not the junior drs but all the others are. At the end of the day you've already cycled so any Dr that you saw at the initial appointment would be basing things off that anyway. Then whoever is on for the day does all the monitoring and decisions regarding your cycle and the nurses do the communications with the patients. The nurses are all lovely, its a really good clinic.

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    @Blossom74 How did things go with your cycle?

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    @tuxcat hey there, im not sure about the 80% but my oseas clinic said 60%. I think the high stats kinda work like...usually at the start of ivf they tell us 20% and i think that is because most ladies doing ivf are 30 or over, so 20% is the norm for women in that 30-mid 30's age bracket. So if your donor is young, say 20-25 years old then about 30% success rate. So if you transfer 2 embryos, thats 30% + 30% = 60%, so i think thats how they get the 60% success rate ive been quoted. It would be lower i think, if your donor is older e.g. 30+ (but with good eggs) and lower if you do a single transfer. Although im not sure about this so anyone please feel free to correct me if my thinking is incorrect :-)

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    Hi everyone

    So, today was interesting. First I want to say as a disclaimer that I take everything with a grain of salt, but I am willing to keep digging for answers even if they are not standard or in the medical world. If I just had the black magic curses lifted from my womb by a shaman in Bali, then far out, I'm up for anything!!!

    I went to a quite alternative, integrative doctor and I gave her the list of meds I was on when I did the "kitchen sink" protocols and she first did muscle testing (kinesiology) and said "The ones that you badly reacted to were progesterone, pregnyl and the nitro-dur patches". Yep, spot on. The patches gave me blinding headaches that never went away and the pregnyl left me bedridden for weeks - so she was spot on with that. She also said thyroid issues and PTSD, with me giving her no background in that regard. Spot on again, so it was a bit spooky.

    She then looked at my blood under a microscope and then tested it with progesterone and said absolutely yes I have a sensitivity or allergy to progesterone - she said she's seen it many times, especially with IVF and in those people who are sensitive or allergic to progesterone the longer you go, and the more pregnancies you have, the worse it gets.

    She referred me to the one allergy specialist in Australia who might know something about this - the official name is Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis and she can't determine from her ïn-clinic unofficial tests if I do definitely have this, but she thinks it's a possibility. It does fit with my constant allergies, I do have two patches of dermatitis I can't get rid of, my histamine levels are through the roof, and I also had past autoimmune thyroiditis which is now clear, but I obviously have autoimmune tendencies.

    Because it can take a year to get into this specialist, she suggested I talk to Dr M about it anyway, as the treatment would be pretty much the same as if I had NKC or similar - so she thought to limit supplemental progesterone if at all possible (depending on levels - if they are OK naturally then just leave them alone) and add in the immune stuff plus anti-histamines. Obviously I would run that all by Dr M but even if I don't have an official diagnosis, that protocol makes sense to me and I'm happy to go in that direction.

    Just for interests sake - she said if I am falling pregnant (which I just did and was confirmed with a blood test even though it failed just after) then I'm not ready for DE yet as she firmly believes that I can do this with my own eggs

    Long post - sorry! So all in all she validated my thoughts but it's not really based on science at this stage - further investigation is required. Let's see what Dr M has to say about it, and if I do happen to fall pregnant again naturally, then I'm happy to do an immune protocol without progesterone and see what happens.
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    I'm guessing you and DH are going to be on a bonkathon this month!!

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