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    Congrats maybebabyivf on being pupo.

    Congrats renaiH on being pupo and it's hatching at day 4 yep I agree with clinic to transfer it today (day4).

    Sorry can't keep up on phone. I'm in Sydney triggered for iui tomorrow.

    Mysticfalls

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    Fairy floss some of us don't ask we take photos lol hubby got in trouble by the sonography at 20 week scan though lol.

    Yep embies are put up on the screen before being transferred.

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    Thanks @MysticFalls.. Hopefully one day I get to experience this elusive "transfer"..... Knowing my luck, it will be EPU and that's it...........

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    Hi folks,


    Quick disclosure up front - I’m a guy. My lovely wife and I are both 39, been trying to start a family for six years now. Three “the fun way”, then a jump to IVF, and now starting our first egg-donor cycle. DW is the quiet type, where I tend to need to talk things out, hence me being the one on the forum… I posted a couple of years back when DW and I started our IVF journey, but it was just bad news after bad news, so I kind of tapered off. If anyone is uncomfortable with a guy participating, I understand, and I’m happy to bow out. I know it gets pretty personal in here. But I’ve found there’s not a lot of discussion/support for husbands and male partners, and while I don’t begin to compare my travails to those of my wife (I’m in awe of her resilience and poise throughout this entire journey), it’s still emotionally trying for both of us, and typing things out can be helpful.


    So…


    We’ve done 15 stim cycles over the last 2.5 years. Egg numbers have ranged from 2 (not a good day) up to 8, and we tend to get decent fertilisation initially, then really sharp drop-off. Come transfer day, it’s almost always one or two to transfer, zero to freeze. We had ONE successful frozen transfer early-ish, and one frostie on our last stim, but it didn’t thaw successfully, ending our "traditional" IVF journey with a bit of a fizzle. But we got to drink some wine that night at least...


    Over the course of those 2.5 years we’ve had two BFPs. One was a chemical - PG was low and not doubling, US at around 5 weeks and there was a little sac, but nothing else, and numbers dropped soon after that. Sigh… Then on stim 13, we got a BFP with good PG numbers, doubling as expected. Woohoo!!! But when we got to the 7 week scan there was nothing. Nada. Zip. A truly horrific day, as we honestly walked into that appointment expecting to see the heartbeat for the first time - the doctor even had a USB ready for us to take home a recording. There was some suspicion it might have been ectopic, so they performed a hysteroscopy and a D&C. A crappy crappy time. We're getting used to them...


    Aaaanyway.


    So after 15 stims and a whole world of disappointment, we’ve decided to pull the trigger on the fallback that's been looming for a while now - a donor egg cycle. Our issue has been egg-quality based according to our fertility specialist, so he’s optimistic that donor eggs will dramatically increase our odds. Better yet, they have some frozen eggs banked for us and ready to go! The donor is 25y/o, a good match for DW in terms of hair/eye/skin colour, and has two kids of her own, plus has already successfully helped another donor recipient to get pregnant. So that seems like a pretty good fertility record!


    I went in and did my small part this morning. That was a weird feeling - knowing I’m fertilising the eggs of somebody who isn’t my wife. I know we’ve discussed it a LOT, we’ve done the counselling, and we’re comfortable with the decision, but it still just feels… odd. Not how we’d planned it, certainly!


    This afternoon I got the lowdown from the lab. All 10 eggs defrosted successfully (woohoo!), and they were doing ICSI as I called. We’ll find out fertilisation numbers tomorrow morning, then the transfer is Friday. Our hope is for a BFP on transfer #1 (not guaranteed by any means, but maybe possible given the track record of the donor) and a few frosties that we could go back to down the road if we were after siblings.


    It’s a weird, new world, but we’ve come this far… My main fear now? That it doesn't work. Because we've pretty much run out of fallbacks.

    Thanks for reading

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    @MaybeBabyIVF, are you due to test on the 12th? Let me know if you decide to poas! I'm going to try and steer clear of it. @fairyfloss7676 we are in Brisbane going through MyIVF, they are a low cost clinic affiliated with Monash. Our main FS is the med director at Monash, the main difference in clinic is that they don't do genetic testing, have set EPU days each month, do sedated EPU and roster between 3 FS, depends what day you go in as to who you get, but I couldn't have better things to say about our experience thus far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IVFguy View Post
    Hi folks,


    Quick disclosure up front - I’m a guy. My lovely wife and I are both 39, been trying to start a family for six years now. Three “the fun way”, then a jump to IVF, and now starting our first egg-donor cycle. DW is the quiet type, where I tend to need to talk things out, hence me being the one on the forum… I posted a couple of years back when DW and I started our IVF journey, but it was just bad news after bad news, so I kind of tapered off. If anyone is uncomfortable with a guy participating, I understand, and I’m happy to bow out. I know it gets pretty personal in here. But I’ve found there’s not a lot of discussion/support for husbands and male partners, and while I don’t begin to compare my travails to those of my wife (I’m in awe of her resilience and poise throughout this entire journey), it’s still emotionally trying for both of us, and typing things out can be helpful.


    So…


    We’ve done 15 stim cycles over the last 2.5 years. Egg numbers have ranged from 2 (not a good day) up to 8, and we tend to get decent fertilisation initially, then really sharp drop-off. Come transfer day, it’s almost always one or two to transfer, zero to freeze. We had ONE successful frozen transfer early-ish, and one frostie on our last stim, but it didn’t thaw successfully, ending our "traditional" IVF journey with a bit of a fizzle. But we got to drink some wine that night at least...


    Over the course of those 2.5 years we’ve had two BFPs. One was a chemical - PG was low and not doubling, US at around 5 weeks and there was a little sac, but nothing else, and numbers dropped soon after that. Sigh… Then on stim 13, we got a BFP with good PG numbers, doubling as expected. Woohoo!!! But when we got to the 7 week scan there was nothing. Nada. Zip. A truly horrific day, as we honestly walked into that appointment expecting to see the heartbeat for the first time - the doctor even had a USB ready for us to take home a recording. There was some suspicion it might have been ectopic, so they performed a hysteroscopy and a D&C. A crappy crappy time. We're getting used to them...


    Aaaanyway.


    So after 15 stims and a whole world of disappointment, we’ve decided to pull the trigger on the fallback that's been looming for a while now - a donor egg cycle. Our issue has been egg-quality based according to our fertility specialist, so he’s optimistic that donor eggs will dramatically increase our odds. Better yet, they have some frozen eggs banked for us and ready to go! The donor is 25y/o, a good match for DW in terms of hair/eye/skin colour, and has two kids of her own, plus has already successfully helped another donor recipient to get pregnant. So that seems like a pretty good fertility record!


    I went in and did my small part this morning. That was a weird feeling - knowing I’m fertilising the eggs of somebody who isn’t my wife. I know we’ve discussed it a LOT, we’ve done the counselling, and we’re comfortable with the decision, but it still just feels… odd. Not how we’d planned it, certainly!


    This afternoon I got the lowdown from the lab. All 10 eggs defrosted successfully (woohoo!), and they were doing ICSI as I called. We’ll find out fertilisation numbers tomorrow morning, then the transfer is Friday. Our hope is for a BFP on transfer #1 (not guaranteed by any means, but maybe possible given the track record of the donor) and a few frosties that we could go back to down the road if we were after siblings.


    It’s a weird, new world, but we’ve come this far… My main fear now? That it doesn't work. Because we've pretty much run out of fallbacks.

    Thanks for reading
    Wow! Welcome IVF guy, I can't speak for others but I'm cool with it. I'm sure you've seen it all after fifteen cycles.

    Can I ask -

    Same clinic?
    Have u checked for immunity issues?

    I am staggered by that amount and put you both up on pedestal for commitment- that's huge! I was reading your post thinking - please tell me you're doing egg donor!!!!

    Glad you've made the leap as sometimes bad eggs are just a crappy reality of aging. I have my fingers crossed for you both.

    Hang in there!
    Welcome to the crazy two week wait and I'm sending you a truck load of baby dust!


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    @IVFguy also, I'm really sorry for your loss too - how incredibly disappointing to be so close' I have felt that and it's a mind fruck - takes away a bit of your self. I hope this is it for you both!

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    @IVFguy the resilience and determination of yourself and your wife is inspiring! I have no issues whatsoever with you being a part of this group, and wish you all the best, god knows you both deserve a happy ending!

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    Congrats on being PUPO @MaybeBabyIVF it's a perfect looking blasty you have there
    Stick little one!!! I'm stalking you for yourBFP too After the year you've had surely this is it?!! Xx
    @RenaiH congratulations on being PUPO on your first ever cycle!! Hope you don't get too much practice at this. Hope it's a sticky one.
    @IVFguy welcome! Doesn't make me uncomfortable at all, I appreciate your frankness straight up about it. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Can I start by saying I'm sorry you've had to go through all this, it's just not fair.
    Totally get the weird feeling of fertilizing someone else's egg. I'm sure it's something many men feel during the donor egg process.

    Good luck with fert rates and let us know how they go. Hoping Friday is the beginning of your BFP because you've sure as hell earned it!

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    @IVFguy I am happy to hear a male perspective on all this! My DH is not the best at showing his feelings so it's good to hear the other side! Good luck with your cycle!

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