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    Default Any recommendations for an IVF Specialist for mid 40s woman in Melbourne

    Hello, I was hoping for a recommendation for a good IVF specialist based in Melbourne for older women. I am 44 and recently went to see an IVF specialist who was very dismissive of my age and did not even bother to do any tests on me but told me to look at egg donation. I have never done IVF and would like to try using my own eggs first. Can someone recommend me a doctor who won't discriminate against my age. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haplles View Post
    Hello, I was hoping for a recommendation for a good IVF specialist based in Melbourne for older women. I am 44 and recently went to see an IVF specialist who was very dismissive of my age and did not even bother to do any tests on me but told me to look at egg donation. I have never done IVF and would like to try using my own eggs first. Can someone recommend me a doctor who won't discriminate against my age. Thanks
    Hi there, i wanted to welcome you and tell you that you are very lucky to have met a specialust who was honest with you. I am 46. I started my IVF journey over 4 years ago and like you, i was very keen to use my own eggs. Using donor eggs (DE) was something I really grappled with. I wish my fertility specialust was more honest with me at that time. i did 4 cycles here in Australia with mixed success along the way but I never fell pregnant and i never had any embryos leftover to freeze. The truth is that ths chances of conceiving via IVF with your own eggs at 44 is less than 2-3%. At 45, it's almost 0%. Many of the clinics will talk to you about their success rates, but there is a difference between pregnancy rates and live birth rates. I don't mean to paint a bleak picture for you, i just hope to pass on my experience, spare you some anxiety and disappointment and save you time and money. It took me a few years to realise that my dream was to have a baby, it didn't matter if it was achieved using my OE or via DE. So I discovered the 'Egg Donation in Greece' forum on bub hub and I went back and read every post and by the end, I realised thst this was the way for me to achieve my dream. I have just found out that i am pregnant. I can't believe it and am still pinching myself - 4 weeks and 2 days!!! If you want to know more, please feel free to ask me any questions. I hope I have not offended you or dampened your spirit in any way. It certainly isn't my intention. You may also want to check out the 'ivf over 40s thread'. Best of luck with your journey.

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    Hello there, I too have been where you are and have recently had to come to terms with the reality that, at 42, my eggs are no longer viable. I thought you might like to hear our story. We undertook 3 rounds of IVF after trying to conceive for 3 years. We had a total of 6 day-5 blasties to test. All returned with chromosomal abnormalities. We were told that due to my age we had no better chance of success with IVF than trying naturally. Over the following months, I continued with weekly accupuncture and intoduced a course of chinese herbs. Amazingly, we conceived naturally after 3 months of taking the herbs. I had to pinch myself daily to check this wasn't a dream. We had our dating scan at 7 weeks and there was a strong little heartbeat fluttering away. Measurements though were not matching my calculations and our little embie was measuring only 6 weeks. A second scan a week later confirmed our worst fear ... we had lost our little miracle. I decided to have the D&C to help move on and we opted to have the tissue tested. As expected, tests returned with yet another random chromosomal abnormality. I now feel within myself that I have tried as much as I can with my own eggs. I don't want to risk further heartache of potentially losing another little miracle, or worse still having to make a decision to terminate should things not be progressing well. I also want to preserve my healthy womb and not risk scarring from further D&Cs. Therefore we have placed our first ad for a special woman to be our donor angel. I believe that we are all little balls of spiritual energy waiting for a vessel to bring us into this realm. Eggs are that vessel and so I will just need some help from someone with spare healthy vessels. I wish you all the best with your journey and am happy to answer any questions you may have regarding IVF, PGD testing, acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine. I truly hope you're able to achieve your dream.
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    @Haplles Dr Nick Lolatgis. He’s my second opinion FS as I’m based in Sydney. He’s been around a long time and also does stem cell etc for older women to regenerate ovaries. He also thinks outside the box!

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    @Haplles I have just been to see the same second opinion Dr as @Buffy54. I am the same age as you and have been doing IVF for 3 years. It may be up to a 2 - 3 month wait to get an appointment.

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    thanks for your stories. I have heard about Lynn but she is operating from Geelong only due to restriction order from Monash IVF. I am in Melbourne so the Sydney doctor is a challenge. But thanks for your responses anyway.

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    Hi I would be interested in knowing which Chinese herbs you used and which acupuncturist too. Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by carmen75 View Post
    Hello there, I too have been where you are and have recently had to come to terms with the reality that, at 42, my eggs are no longer viable. I thought you might like to hear our story. We undertook 3 rounds of IVF after trying to conceive for 3 years. We had a total of 6 day-5 blasties to test. All returned with chromosomal abnormalities. We were told that due to my age we had no better chance of success with IVF than trying naturally. Over the following months, I continued with weekly accupuncture and intoduced a course of chinese herbs. Amazingly, we conceived naturally after 3 months of taking the herbs. I had to pinch myself daily to check this wasn't a dream. We had our dating scan at 7 weeks and there was a strong little heartbeat fluttering away. Measurements though were not matching my calculations and our little embie was measuring only 6 weeks. A second scan a week later confirmed our worst fear ... we had lost our little miracle. I decided to have the D&C to help move on and we opted to have the tissue tested. As expected, tests returned with yet another random chromosomal abnormality. I now feel within myself that I have tried as much as I can with my own eggs. I don't want to risk further heartache of potentially losing another little miracle, or worse still having to make a decision to terminate should things not be progressing well. I also want to preserve my healthy womb and not risk scarring from further D&Cs. Therefore we have placed our first ad for a special woman to be our donor angel. I believe that we are all little balls of spiritual energy waiting for a vessel to bring us into this realm. Eggs are that vessel and so I will just need some help from someone with spare healthy vessels. I wish you all the best with your journey and am happy to answer any questions you may have regarding IVF, PGD testing, acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine. I truly hope you're able to achieve your dream.
    Xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haplles View Post
    thanks for your stories. I have heard about Lynn but she is operating from Geelong only due to restriction order from Monash IVF. I am in Melbourne so the Sydney doctor is a challenge. But thanks for your responses anyway.
    Dr Nick Lolatgis is in Melbourne. Good luck.

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    Nick Lolatgis if you really want someone in Melbourne or Lynn Burmeister if you can travel.

    I’d personally call LB’s reception and ask if they have arrangements for bloods/scans in Melbourne itself. You might find you only have to travel to Geelong for initial appointments and procedures which is much more doable.

    I travel interstate for IVF as after many failed cycles I realised having the FS most likely to give me success is much more important than an easy commute.

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