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    @Sonja23. In regards to taking medication with you.. Just carry a letter from a dr saying this is what you are carrying in your hand luggage. The only issues I have ever had with my medication is when I am carrying ice packs to keep the medication cool... But no issues with the medication itself.

    Good luck with your upcoming cycle. I am currently 19 weeks pregnant. First trip to Cape Town bfn.. Second Bfp ending in mc. New donor.. Bfp.

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    Thanks @kylie764 and congratulations on your pregnancy

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    Welcome @Sonja23. The journey will feel very unreal at the moment but don't worry it is fairly straightforward and loads of us have been there before you and survived !

    Re medication..... when you travel, I would take as much as possible in hand luggage though when you return you will have quite a bit of it in which case you will probably want to put some in your checked luggage - just do half ..... there is nothing worse (and it has happened to girls on here) who have carefully worked out how much med they need to carry in their hand luggage but then when they got home their checked bags were delayed for a few a days putting them into a fairly stressful spot ! CFC will give you a letter to show the authorities when you return home - if it isn't offered, just ask.

    ALSO, before you go think about exactly how much progesterone and in what format, you will be using and for how long. CFC will include their recommendation in the plan they give you (somewhere around 8 weeks of total progesterone) but many if not all of us elect to use it for longer (I actually used it until 19 weeks). CFC will let you buy more from them and in the case of Crinone and Gestone they are significantly cheaper in Cape Town than Australia so it is worthwhile buying there. Also, if you are going back to CFC for a frozen embryo transfer in the future, if you have 5 days of gestone on hand you can start that cycle in Australia and reduce the time needed to be in Cape Town. (I know this sounds like it is so far in the future but better to be prepared and hopefully never have to go back for an FET unless of course it is for bub #2 !)

    May will be here before you know it ! If you haven't been there before, Cape Town is lovely as are the staff at CFC. My Dr was Paul LeRoux and I can't speak more highly of him.

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    Hi everyone. I'm back!

    It has been a long 12 months since our CT trip that ended with no result and after 5 long years of IVF here in Australia prior, the result broke me. Partner, now husband, had had a gutful of watching me suffer through injections, blood tests and continued heartache too. So what does a girl do when there is nothing left to plan and occupy her mind? She goes and plans a wedding. Yep I just wanted to have something to smile about so we set a date, gave up counting days, drug protocols and all that goes with IVF and planned the best party we could with our family and friends. 24 Feb, 2017 was the best damn day I've had in years and I couldn't stop smiling. I did everything I wanted and looked like a princess. NOW I am back with a vengeance and am throwing everything I have into another shot at making a family. @kylie764 I am so happy to read you finally got that golden result and I cannot wish you enough luck with your pregnancy. I take hope from your determination since that night we had dinner in CT to read today that you got there in the end. Congratulations!

    First job is to find a kickass specialist in Sydney who will not leave any stone unturned and will look at every option including the possibility of serious immune treatment. Whatever it takes is my moto for this cycle. I will be combing through the threads for recommendations but if anyone knows a Sydney specialist who fits the bill please throw their names at me. It's all systems go from today and I'm not taking any chances of another failure.
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    @Cathy69 thanks so much for your info really appreciated. It does feel quite daunting at the moment but at the same time starting to get exciting.

    Can you please also tell me if I need to keep the medications cold and how did you do this. Thanks 😊

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    @Sonja23. The only medication I needed to refrigerate was pregnyl.. As Waz had me on 3 pregnyl booster.. But you can also purchase in Cape Town. I would also recommend putting all your meds in your hand luggage.. My entire bag was meds.
    @Outoftime . Great to hear from you. I often wondered how you were going. Glad you have had a great year.. Took some time away from the whole ivf journey. Do you think you will go down the donor egg trail again or are you just focussing on immune issues first? Good to hear you are well and doesn't feel like a year ago that we were down the Cape Town waterfront having a lovely dinner .

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    @Outoftime . Great to hear from you. I often wondered how you were going. Glad you have had a great year.. Took some time away from the whole ivf journey. Do you think you will go down the donor egg trail again or are you just focussing on immune issues first? Good to hear you are well and doesn't feel like a year ago that we were down the Cape Town waterfront having a lovely dinner .[/QUOTE]
    @kylie764, the year has been a tough one trying not to think about all the disappointments and what ifs over the many years but the wedding has been a nice distraction. Yes going back to SA for another go with hopefully a better quality donor. But first I want to see someone who may be able to give me some hope and guidance so we can have some success. I am getting to the age where if it doesn't work soon i will have to give up for good and accept we will not have a family. Guess I'm looking for that magic bullet so to speak. I've never been told I have immune issues but I just don't know where else to start. Obviously we kept being told my eggs were crap so that's why we headed for SA. Now I just want to make this work.
    How is life for you?

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    @Outoftime - I stopped using Fertility Specialists when I moved to DE cycles but I used Dr Gamal Matthias who is a Reproductive Immunologist. He will investigate Immune issues and give you any treatment he thinks is needed. I am sure his protocol helped make my last cycle a success.

    He is a unique guy - very quite but nice and gentle and he trained in the US with Dr Alan Beer 'the immune guru'. He has 2 offices - Miranda and Bankstown. Neither were convenient for me but I made the trek to him and it was worth it. A word of warning - his office is stuck way back in the 1970's ..... no email/website and they only take cash or bank transfer while you at standing at the counter (!) as payment.
    @Sonja23 - none of my meds needed temperature control. I used Syneral (a daily nasal spray) to down reg (you have a variety of options depending on whether you want to do a single expensive injection, daily injections, or the Syneral (which some people don't like because it can cause headaches and give you a funny taste) , Clexane (daily injections) to thin blood/anti clotting, Thyroxine (sluggish thyroid), and the usual CFC meds of Progynova tablets. Coming back, the only extra meds were the Gestone (progesterone in liquid form for daily injecting) and it didn't need cooling either - in fact when you go to use it you actually get a better/easier result if you warm the vial first.

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    Hello to all you lovely ladies. Received my treatment plan last night woohoo 😄 looks like we will fly out on the 8th may!!

    Just had a couple of questions if anyone can answer.

    Has anyone taken prednisolone and did u have any concerns about taking it?

    Also has anyone used the EmbyryoScope? I'm thinking it might be a good option.

    Thanks

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