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    Quote Originally Posted by Aries898 View Post
    Hi all- just came across this post and wanted to offer encouragement- dr lighten has been my fertility specialist since 2014 and at the initial appointment says he thought I had endo, something my gp said I didn't have as it didn't show on ultrasound... had a lap done with dr lighten and of course found stage 2/3 endo. We were given 6 months to try naturally... thus so didn't work and in June 2015 I started 3 months zoladex to then do ivf as this can increase success in endo patients... in August we started ivf and I had a long 14 day stim period... we retrieved 10 eggs- 8 fertilised and 3 made it to day 5... 1 was transferred and the other 2 frozen... that cycle failed.

    We returned in may 2016 as other life things happened in between and dr lighten thought we were in still with good chances for a successful FET... in July 2016 we did a natural cycle FET with no drugs and I got a bfp!!!!
    DS is now 4 months old and we can't wait to return to dr lighten soon for #2!

    I took him in when he was 8 weeks after arranging a time with Stella (also
    Visited Genea) and dr lighten was so happy to meet our boy he helped create- he stared at him looking like he was going to cry happy tears. He asked a lot of questions about the birth and we even chatted about his upcoming holiday at the time. He then thanked me for brightening his afternoon as he was about to make a difficult phone call to a patient.

    One thing though- he and my obstetrician both said the best chance for a second successful FET is to do one as soon as breastfeeding stops
    Hi @Aries898, thank you so much for your sharing your story. It gives me hope.
    I've recently seen dr Lieberman at Genea however not happy with her at all and am so desperate to find a good FS.
    Just a short background on my current situation:
    DH and I have been ttc for almost 2 years now.
    I fell pregnant naturally last October and miscarried at 5 weeks
    Then we started our fertility treatment at IVF Australia in December 2016 and have done 3 IUIs and 2 IVFs which all failed!
    IVF #1: 5 eggs collected, 4 fertilised, 1 got to 5day blastocyst, fresh transfer, BFN
    IVF #2: 4 eggs collected, all 4 fertilised, 1 got to 5day blastocyst ( grade AA) fresh transfer, BFN

    This month we gave ourselves a break in order to see a new FS ( dr Liberman @genea) and I fell pregnant again naturally but my HCG levels are low and slow rising and I don't think it ends up being a viable pregnancy
    I'm do desperate to find a good FS and start straight away if i have miscarriage this time. This waiting game is killing me! @Aries898 do you mind if i ask how old are you?
    I just turned 37 and have low AMH level!

    And one more question? Does dr alighten do the EPU at Norwest hospital or the Kent St clinic?

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    Default Dr Antony Lighten - Appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by nightowlsurprise View Post
    Hi @tulip1359, sorry to hear you're struggling I know the feeling all too well. Do you mind sharing your levels, ie day 3 FSH, estrogen and AMH?

    I saw many FS' and they were nothing like Dr Lighten.. I was actually shocked at how different he was from the rest of them. I am 40 and I expected him to tell me I was old, but he did the exact opposite! I was shocked! So it turned out all this time I had endo and I had absolutely no idea.. Every other FS said because I didn't have any symptoms, i definitely didn't have endo.... He found this out by looking at all my results and explained why he thought I had it.

    Sure enough, I had stage 3 endo and this was what he believed to be the root cause of my infertility at 40. I wasted so much time with hopeless FS'.

    I had to wait to see Dr L, his wait time is between 4-6 months. No one cancels.

    I'm currently cycling with him atm. I'll let you know how I go. He is very hopeful for me and is very fixated on his stats. His office is spotless. He is very thorough, meticulous and extremely organised. He never runs late for appointments, never. He is a very nice British guy and has won a number of awards with his research on PGS.

    Definitely give his rooms a call and see what the current waiting time is. You will not be disappointed. I prepared a file and didn't bother giving it to him because every other FS didn't bother to read it. But when I got to the first appointment, the receptionist saw me holding a bag and asked what it was. I told her it was my file and she begged me to let Dr L look at it. I told her it was too big and no one has ever bothered to read it. Anyway to cut a long story short I gave it to her and Dr L read every page and took notes!! He spent 35 minutes BEFORE my appointment to look at it! I am SO lucky I happened to come early that day. Anyway, just by looking at my file he knew what was going on right away. He didn't re-do any tests and booked me in for a lap!

    I'm currently cycling with Dr L. I'll let you know how that goes, but to answer your questions, he only does EPU at his rooms in Norwest (not in the hospital, but his rooms are directly across the road from Norwest), but all scans and bloods can be done out of City. They told me the scans are sometimes done by sonographers in the City, was that your experience?
    Hi @nightowlsurprise,
    Thanks so much for your comprehensive response.
    I just called dr Lighten's room and made an appointment for March 2018
    It seems that he is super busy. I'm obviously not gonna wait until then and have to try again with the other FS but have booked that appointment in case I wouldn't have any success till then.

    Regarding my levels for my IVF cycles, I can't remember the numbers and also as i was doing long cycles ( using Syneral spray) my Hormones were baseline at the start of the cycle as a result if the spray.
    My AMH level is 7.4

    How long have you been trying for?
    How many IVFs have you done so far?

    Best of luck with your current cycle. I'm sure we'll be hearing good news from you very soon๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž
    Last edited by tulip1359; 14-08-2017 at 11:54.

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    Default Dr Antony Lighten - Appreciation thread

    @nightowlsuprise do you have low AMH level or yours is normal?
    I've just discussed the laparoscopy option to discover any potential endobwith my current FS and she said as I have low overian reserve, there is a risk that laparoscopy for endo makes my overian reserve even worse!
    Have you ever heard the same thing from dr Lighten?
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    Hi all

    so sorry for the late reply- Nightowl- i have met the mrs once or twice- nice lady, they got married back in July/ August 2015 right before my fresh cycle- i remember this because the day we went to see nurse Anne at Genea regarding 'training' me to o my injections and what was required and where to pick them up from etc, Hubby and i stopped in at Dr Lighten's office as i needed to update my medicare details and the place was decked out with party decorations and food- stella and a few others were waiting for Dr lighten to return from morning tree i think as they were throwing a surprise party for him... we then passed Dr L and his mrs in the street as we were leaving :-)

    i did Gonal F for 14 days because of the Zoladex course i was on, it lowed things down- apparently thats normal. my file at Genea was in filed separately with their 'Endometriosis' cycle patient files. they kept these separate because the course of injections Dr lighten was putting patients on at the time was very different to other ivf patients apparently

    yep i think unmedicated FETs are the best, my body wasn't pumped full of hormones and did its job for once... he would however have you take progesterone after transfer so that theres one support if the pregnancy works :-)

    Tulip- i am 32 :-) my original Egg retrieval was when i was 30 years old, and i was nearly 32 when i gave birth to my boy. Im so sorry for your losses, it is such a hard road... my AMH was borderline, probably because of Endo.. as night owl said, he only works at Norwest, across the road from Norwest Private Hospital in the Genea Clinic. They have their own day surgery where all IVF procedures are done. of course if anything happens whilst you are there then they would transfer to the hospital.

    my fresh cycle all bloods were done at Genea Norwest and scans were done at Sydney Ultrasound for Women, which is in the same building, but the ultrasound place apparently got taken over by Monash IVF :-S and so Genea has bought all ultrasounds now to be done in house at Norwest but i imagine they can also do them in the city and send the details to Dr lighten?

    I'm surprised at the wait time tho for an initial appointment, however back in 2014 when we first saw him it was 2 months. any follow up appointments can happen stlmost straight away... after my lap in 2014 i had some complications and had an emergency appointment with him same day... simlar happened when i got pregnant from the FET i started bleeding and he had me come in same day for an ultrasound.... so once you get in things will start rolling but i understand the initial waiting kills....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aries898 View Post
    Hi all

    so sorry for the late reply- Nightowl- i have met the mrs once or twice- nice lady, they got married back in July/ August 2015 right before my fresh cycle- i remember this because the day we went to see nurse Anne at Genea regarding 'training' me to o my injections and what was required and where to pick them up from etc, Hubby and i stopped in at Dr Lighten's office as i needed to update my medicare details and the place was decked out with party decorations and food- stella and a few others were waiting for Dr lighten to return from morning tree i think as they were throwing a surprise party for him... we then passed Dr L and his mrs in the street as we were leaving :-)

    i did Gonal F for 14 days because of the Zoladex course i was on, it lowed things down- apparently thats normal. my file at Genea was in filed separately with their 'Endometriosis' cycle patient files. they kept these separate because the course of injections Dr lighten was putting patients on at the time was very different to other ivf patients apparently

    yep i think unmedicated FETs are the best, my body wasn't pumped full of hormones and did its job for once... he would however have you take progesterone after transfer so that theres one support if the pregnancy works :-)

    Tulip- i am 32 :-) my original Egg retrieval was when i was 30 years old, and i was nearly 32 when i gave birth to my boy. Im so sorry for your losses, it is such a hard road... my AMH was borderline, probably because of Endo.. as night owl said, he only works at Norwest, across the road from Norwest Private Hospital in the Genea Clinic. They have their own day surgery where all IVF procedures are done. of course if anything happens whilst you are there then they would transfer to the hospital.

    my fresh cycle all bloods were done at Genea Norwest and scans were done at Sydney Ultrasound for Women, which is in the same building, but the ultrasound place apparently got taken over by Monash IVF :-S and so Genea has bought all ultrasounds now to be done in house at Norwest but i imagine they can also do them in the city and send the details to Dr lighten?

    I'm surprised at the wait time tho for an initial appointment, however back in 2014 when we first saw him it was 2 months. any follow up appointments can happen stlmost straight away... after my lap in 2014 i had some complications and had an emergency appointment with him same day... simlar happened when i got pregnant from the FET i started bleeding and he had me come in same day for an ultrasound.... so once you get in things will start rolling but i understand the initial waiting kills....
    @Aries898 Thanks for your respond hun
    Yes 8 months is a very long time and I can't wait that long... however I booked it with the hope that someone cancels and i can hopefully get an earlier one.
    I have to wait at least one month after this miscarriage and if my hormones will be baselined I can hopefully start from mid September again. So dreadful

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    @tulip1359 - just saw the other day that some of Genea's city fertility specialists are opening part time practices in norwest, I'm assuming due to the huge demand on dr lighten and the other dr there (I forget his name).... praying for you this perhaps opens up some earlier appointments with dr lighten ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    Hi ladies, we were contemplating on giving up after too many failed cycles but this thread has given me hope. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences....

    I rang up Dr Lighten's room after finding this thread and much researching. However his next available appointment is next year April!! The lady told me there are 3 other doctors starting consultation in this few coming weeks- and I was rather taken aback that one of them is Dr Devora Lieberman whom I had 5 failed cycles with. I have booked myself in with Dr Lighten in hopes for a cancellation. Has anyone been fast forwarded before?

    I'm 38 with normal AMH but just not falling pregnant after trying for 8 years and no FS has ever tried finding out why

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    Yes I am booked in to see him , I have had all test and I ovulate just hubby's spent is low and not rapid

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    @shazziemazzie I have waited to see him for 6 months and I was in the cancellation list and no call . I see him next month

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    Does that mean once I see him it will take a couple of months to start ?
    I have had a lap done too and nothing was found


 

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