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    Hello girls.. How are we all going?

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    I've got a crush on Dr Lighten lol! He's such a sweetheart!!!!

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    How's everything going @nightowlsurprise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by opheliadaze View Post
    How's everything going @nightowlsurprise?
    It's going, albeit slowly.. Had endo excised and a d&c, but I didn't fall pregnant naturally this month. Just finished AF, so going to go at it again...

    How are you doing? What are you up to?

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    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

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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
    Thank you so much for sharing your story and giving us all some encouragement. I am so happy you had success. I, too, had endo, something I did not know I had until I saw Dr Lighten. He's a very lovely FS and he has so much hope for those patients he believes will succeed. I just finished 6 weeks on the pill and started lucrin. I start injecting next week. Very excited!!

    Did you do IVF or icsi??

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    Hi nightowl

    Thanks for that- we did ICSI as DH had some slight issues with his sperm... the whole process was so lovely as the whole team at Genea are awesome.... you probably won't see dr lighten until egg retrieval but he will review all your monitoring results before having the nurses call you to let ou know if anything needs to be changed... I was on Gonal F, then added Luveris for the second week to help speed up the follicle growth... then ovidrel for the trigger and crinone for the progesterone.... with the FET however I had no hormones till after I ovulated naturally and then used progesterone suppositories that I had to buy from dr lightens office instead of the crinone.... they clearly worked better for me :-)

    Good luck with the cycle and let us know how you go!

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    Default Dr Antony Lighten - Appreciation thread

    Hi @Aries898

    Dr Lighten personally calls to respond to all my emails or for straight forward questions, he'll send a personal email he ALWAYS responds that day.. Very impressed. He's very sweet and extremely knowledgeable (and I have a bit of a crush on him lol). He was outraged when he learned what my other FS' did.. He was really upset for me and assured me I'd have success, although he has told other women they wouldn't be successful, so I'm grateful he's honest, but very lucky he thinks I will succeed. Stella is lovely too. I am told his wife works there too. Have you met her?

    He prefers unmedicated FETs and has a very high success rate.. He had 100% success rate in Jan and Feb of PGS normal embryos!

    Do you remember how long you took Gonal f for?

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip1359 View Post
    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?
    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?


 

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