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    All good here Tahli and @Canuck1 I'm 13w ATM... sounds like you're traveling well.
    Em x
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    Tahli ..... That sounds rough ! I had GD but only diagnosed about 28/30 weeks (can't remember now !) and easily controlled with diet. I also had hypertension and from 16w - I kept telling the OB it was caused by Pred and he humoured me but guess what - I have hypertension post pregnancy and the specialist said it was nothing to do with Pred - it was all me. I am on drugs forever more.

    Never saw an endocrinologist - sorry.

    Re weaning off the pred ....... I did it in conjunction with Dr M who was the one who prescribed them for me to start with. It is testing my memory but it took weeks and weeks of reducing by 2.5mg about every 3-4 days until I was down to 5mg a day and the last few days of that was then on alternate days though 5mg is less than your body makes so my understanding is that your body doesn't even recognise 5mg (but I am no expert !). I took pred at the same level for my previous unsuccessful preg but i self 'prescribed' the pred based on research and didn't quite understand the need to wean slowly enough ..... did it over 2 weeks and I felt awful for 2-3 weeks after so I was super careful weaning off when still pregnant.

    Good luck getting everything under control - this pregnancy thing is hard on our bodies even though we do everything we can to get into that state !

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    Hi ladies

    I'm going to create a separate thread for those who want to discuss their egg/donor codes, as a few members have expressed that they would prefer this not be discussed in this thread.

    ETA: new thread here https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/...n-South-Africa
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    Hi Ladies,
    I'm considering DE following a fairly frank discussion with my RE on Friday. Although we are in the process of another ICSI cycle, my AMH levels are through the floor and she suggested it would be unethical for her to encourage further IVF using OE.
    It feels unfair to assume a BFN so soon but I'm being realistic...plus it saves us "wasting" $$$ on multiple cycles now.

    I've read great things about CFC through here, and the trip from Sydney seems more doable compared to other countries.

    Would anyone be willing to offer advice about starting a DE cycle...it's pretty daunting. How many IVF cycles with OE did you try before switching? How much has a single cycle cost you? How much time off did you take?

    Thank you xx

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    Hi @Aqua85,
    Sorry to hear you've been unsuccessful with ivf. It's so hard, and unbelievably disappointing.
    We decided to try donor eggs after four failed cycles.
    I could've just kept trying ivf, my FS seemed happy for me to keep going, but I just knew in my heart of hearts that it was very unlikely to succeed at age 43.
    I started reading about donor eggs, never really thinking it would be something we'd try until I came across this group on Bub hub.
    I read back through a couple of years of this thread to educate myself, asked lots of questions and did lots of internet research.. and now, after going to CFC I'm pregnant with twins.
    The whole experience, medication, flights, hospital, agency fees, donor fees, spending money, accommodation etc came to about $13,500 for us.
    We were in SA for 12 days.

    In relation to starting.. as I say I found reading back through this thread over a few nights invaluable.
    You could start by googling a few of the accredited egg donor agencies in SA to have a look at some donor profiles. You could also contact CFC and they can send you some information on the process. Once you choose a donor and pay your deposit, everything starts to fall into place reasonably fast.. your donor needs to be medically screened, you need to fill out paperwork and you will be provided with your own medication schedule to begin your cycle before you arrive in SA.
    It is daunting at first.. but pretty exciting once things get moving, and much easier than it first seems! Cape Town is a wonderful place to visit, too!
    Best of luck xxx

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    You sound like me aqua I had decided before my last cycle, I just knew !! It has worked for us we now have a beautiful 10 month old and are 12 weeks pregnant. We have been very lucky though. As above best course is to get a paper and pen and work through 3/4 of these threads with notes then ask questions , touch base with cfc and some donor agents. We expected it not to work and decided to treat it as a holiday anyway to keep our expectations realistic look forward to hearing more from you.. I feel so lucky to have found this thread and cfc as I thought we were out of options, I hope it provides some help for you too.

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    Hi ladoes. Its been a very long time since i have written on this post so some wont know me, some will after a long 5 years and 1 month of TTC doing 8 ivf, using donor 4 times from CFC and having absolutely no positive outcome we are blessed to share that after 2 transfers our beautiful and amazing surrogate is pregnant with 1 amazing baby! We are due 1st Oct. We have dreamed of this for what feels like forever. It has happend in a way we never had imagined but we couldnt be happier and cant wait to meet our little one! I hope some of the girls that helped me during my CFC days are still on this thread? @Lolly99 @Tahli @Jennski @Canuck1 emski and many others who i have forgotten their bubhub names sorry xox

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    @Aqua85 welcome ! @Minniemin and @ferngirl have said it all so I won't repeat what they have said. I was 'late to the party' and it took me 9 cycles before I did DE. In hindsight I should have stopped OE at 4 cycles but better late than never ! I did 3 cycles in Cape Town (1 fresh and a following FET then a final fresh cycle that resulted in my twins.). The fresh cycles I actually stayed about 15 days each time and definitely made it a holiday. The FET was only 5 days.

    I am Sydney based and found the trip to CT easy - Qantas fly direct to Jo'burg and then a 2 hour internal flight to Cape Town. Qantas is usually a couple of hundred more than the other airlines for flights, but the direct flight is so much easier and shorter than most other carriers.

    Feel free to ask any question on this board - undoubtedly someone will be able to answer it, if not everyone !

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    @ECM1981 - what wonderful news ! Congratulations ! These bubs join our families in all sorts of ways - just makes them even more special !

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    Thank you @Cathy69 yes i totally agree. Such a beautiful soul that is finally ready to join us and has chosen us to be his or her parents x

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