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    Hi @Ves

    I hope I am posting this right and you get this message.

    I will be travelling to Spain with my Husband in late February. I decided to go with IVF Spain because of a review by Rachel in these forums. Ellis has been my international contact and the communication has been fantastic. But can see how there are misunderstandings in communication.

    I have two children from a previous relationship but my husband and I want to have children of our own. So after miscarriages, and 2 failed IVF cycles using my eggs due to my age it was not difficult to see that the quality of my eggs were the issue.

    After reasearching about having a baby after 40, I knew that I would have to go down the donor option. Which led me to the hubbub forums back in May 2018. I have been in contact with IVF Spain ever since and I have scheduled the dates to our availability. I wanted to do it back in November but my husband couldn't get time of work then so had to wait till this February. I have just started the cycle to synchronize with my donor.

    I am excited but nervous. Which is why I decided you jump back on this forum to see who else has posted about their success with IVF Spain. I am so glad that you have posted as it's helped my nerves. I will be making it a holiday as my partner is from the U.K. and so we will be visiting his family too. I find it funny how you mentioned you have only told his parents about the donor egg, I am also only telling my husbands parents. My family would be fine with it, it's just that I don't want the risk of my child to be treated differently to my other children.

    The other coincidental thing is that you are an Accountant by profession, me too hahaha 😆. Even more reason why I had to reply to your post.

    I have one question for you. You mentioned a injection after the transfer, what is that for? I guess as you flew back to Australia after the transfer you had to buy it here and could only get the medication as an injection, is that right? I want t avoid injections as much as I can, although I need to do one for my mock cycle end on this month. 😬

    Thankyou for posting your journey. I hope to also have a BFP by mid March x x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia75 View Post
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    Ves

    I hope I am posting this right and you get this message.

    I will be travelling to Spain with my Husband in late February. I decided to go with IVF Spain because of a review by Rachel in these forums. Ellis has been my international contact and the communication has been fantastic. But can see how there are misunderstandings in communication.

    I have two children from a previous relationship but my husband and I want to have children of our own. So after miscarriages, and 2 failed IVF cycles using my eggs due to my age it was not difficult to see that the quality of my eggs were the issue.

    After reasearching about having a baby after 40, I knew that I would have to go down the donor option. Which led me to the hubbub forums back in May 2018. I have been in contact with IVF Spain ever since and I have scheduled the dates to our availability. I wanted to do it back in November but my husband couldn't get time of work then so had to wait till this February. I have just started the cycle to synchronize with my donor.

    I am excited but nervous. Which is why I decided you jump back on this forum to see who else has posted about their success with IVF Spain. I am so glad that you have posted as it's helped my nerves. I will be making it a holiday as my partner is from the U.K. and so we will be visiting his family too. I find it funny how you mentioned you have only told his parents about the donor egg, I am also only telling my husbands parents. My family would be fine with it, it's just that I don't want the risk of my child to be treated differently to my other children.

    The other coincidental thing is that you are an Accountant by profession, me too hahaha ������. Even more reason why I had to reply to your post.

    I have one question for you. You mentioned a injection after the transfer, what is that for? I guess as you flew back to Australia after the transfer you had to buy it here and could only get the medication as an injection, is that right? I want t avoid injections as much as I can, although I need to do one for my mock cycle end on this month. ������

    Thankyou for posting your journey. I hope to also have a BFP by mid March x x


    It’s fabulous to hear you are venturing to IVF Spain and making a holiday out of your time there, I regret I didn't make more of my time when I was there and when we go for our next transfer, I will be making the most of it. It’s a gorgeous place and I wished I made a holiday out of it too.

    You’re at a very exciting time and I remember how nervous I was at the same stage!
    It’s funny…. I love that you’re an Accountant too! It’s funny we’re like that, it’s like a club. Haha. No doubt you’d be as analytical as I was with the process…. Our minds just don’t switch off just because things aren’t numbers. Everything gets analysed and assessed!


    The injections I was talking about were the Prolutex progesterone injections. They are impossible to get a hold of here, I had to order them from an online pharmacy called ‘Gold Pharma’.

    After I had the transfer in Spain, I only took two weeks supply of Prolutex (for the TWW) from the pharmacy near the clinic because I had no idea I couldn’t get it here and no idea of the outcome of the cycle. They’re very expensive so I only took two weeks supply thinking if I got a BFP I’d get a new script here. I was very very wrong! I couldn’t get Prolutex from any pharmacy here in Australia, I could only get it online with the script IVF Spain gave me. There was a period of time I didn’t have the Prolutex because it took a week longer to arrive from the online pharmacy than I expected. My husband found a compounding pharmacy here (there are always several in each city but they’re not common and are special!), and my IVF specialist here gave me a script for another injectable progesterone that’s oil based so it had to be injected into my leg. So there are alternatives to use if you can’t get Prolutex.

    I’ll share this about the injectables of my cycle – it’s worth your sanity to get Prolutex if you can as you can inject it into your stomach. The progesterone you get here is oil based and you will need to inject it into your leg and after a few of injections into my leg, I was in hell. No IVF medication is fun but from my experience quite a lot of it can make you feel really off, the injections into my leg were just horrible and I would limp around… wasn’t great and made things feel so much harder than it had to be.


    There’s quite a lot of medication to take for the first 12 weeks but you can get all the other items here but just not the Prolutex.

    You mentioned you want to avoid injectables as much as possible but I guess that’s based on what your doctor at IVF Spain prescribes you. I had two injections per day, one was the Prolutex and the other was Clexane.

    I wish you all the very best of luck with your cycle! Gosh, you’d be getting so excited now, it’s so close! xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn78 View Post
    Thanks @Risa78.

    I'm sorry about your BFN too.

    I'm feeling surprisingly ok about it. I suppose I didn't hold out much hope for our last embryo as although it was PGS tested, it was a slow developer frozen late on day 6, then thawed to test and frozen again. The poor little thing had been through a lot! I have been looking into donor eggs for a while now and feel really ready for this next step.

    I see you're on the Greece thread so I might jump on in there too!
    Hi @Unicorn78 just popping in from the Greece thread to say you are totally welcome to join us to, you dont have to actually be going to greece. Its also a great thread just to learn and ask about experience of overseas egg donation. Like this thread, its a really nice bunch of welcoming women who've been through the ringer of repeated own egg ivf failure and many of the questions and thought you have about using donor eggs are still relevant no matter which country you use.
    I think it was you asking about characteristics matching you, and i wanted to add there would certainly be some people in Spain with fairer coloured skin, maybe not as many as olive skinned people, but as in greece there are always donors who live in spain but aren't from a Spanish background so im sure they will be able to find someone :-) There are also naturally blonde people in Greece and Italy and Malta in some regions so I'd think Spain would be similar.
    And not wanting to scare you or put you off, but dna is a funny thing that is very difficult to control, you never know what you are going to get :-) but when you get a baby you honestly won't care. Ive never heard of anyone being disappointed with the baby they got :-) Lol i went all the way to greece 3 times to try for our little girl because i am maltese and thought I wanted a caramel baby like me...and I got a fair skinned, curly red head 'ranga baby! She is absolutely gorgeous and I like her hair more than I like mine. Putting sunscreen and a rashie on her is a pain in the butt, but how could you not love this face...20190102_152100.jpg

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    @Unicorn78 oh and i also forgot to add, sometimes it can help to change the way you think rather than try to change circumstances, so I hope its not too forward to suggest but I thought it might help you and hubby, because it helped me...
    I have a friend who has a daughter, from her eggs, who looks exactly like her but she has a medical condition called ataxia which means she has severe developmental delays and at 2 years old she shows no signs of walking or talking and so wherever i would think about how my donor embryo baby doesnt really look like me physically and then think about my friend and her daughter, I thank the universe that my daughter is healthy. When I think about it that way, it helps me remember how insignificant appearance is and if I had the choice between a healthy baby from donor eggs or a baby with medical issues from my eggs, it makes the choice black and white. (Totally not trying to tell you how to think and I hope it doesn't sound rude. Its totally normal and ok to be concerned about matching a donor. I was the same and most of us are too. It's only in hindsight that I have come to realise, it doesnt matter to me personally at all but everyone is different and that's ok too :-) )

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    @gorgeousgeorge thank you for your comments and congratulations on your little one. You're right, how could you not love that face!! I'm actually not really worried about the characteristics matching me myself but my husband is! At this stage I would be happy with any coloured baby!!! I do want my husband to feel happy and comfortable about doing this though. I think I've been ready to move on to donor eggs for much longer than him, so he's still getting his head around it all. I think he's starting to accept we have to put our trust in the clinic to match us.

    I completely agree with you that sometimes we need to change the way we think too and don't think you're rude at all! This IVF journey has certainly taught me that.

    We just had the tests IVF Spain wanted done and hopefully I'll get the results this week to send off and get things moving

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia75 View Post
    Hi @Ves

    I hope I am posting this right and you get this message.

    I will be travelling to Spain with my Husband in late February. I decided to go with IVF Spain because of a review by Rachel in these forums. Ellis has been my international contact and the communication has been fantastic. But can see how there are misunderstandings in communication.

    I have two children from a previous relationship but my husband and I want to have children of our own. So after miscarriages, and 2 failed IVF cycles using my eggs due to my age it was not difficult to see that the quality of my eggs were the issue.

    After reasearching about having a baby after 40, I knew that I would have to go down the donor option. Which led me to the hubbub forums back in May 2018. I have been in contact with IVF Spain ever since and I have scheduled the dates to our availability. I wanted to do it back in November but my husband couldn't get time of work then so had to wait till this February. I have just started the cycle to synchronize with my donor.

    I am excited but nervous. Which is why I decided you jump back on this forum to see who else has posted about their success with IVF Spain. I am so glad that you have posted as it's helped my nerves. I will be making it a holiday as my partner is from the U.K. and so we will be visiting his family too. I find it funny how you mentioned you have only told his parents about the donor egg, I am also only telling my husbands parents. My family would be fine with it, it's just that I don't want the risk of my child to be treated differently to my other children.

    The other coincidental thing is that you are an Accountant by profession, me too hahaha . Even more reason why I had to reply to your post.

    I have one question for you. You mentioned a injection after the transfer, what is that for? I guess as you flew back to Australia after the transfer you had to buy it here and could only get the medication as an injection, is that right? I want t avoid injections as much as I can, although I need to do one for my mock cycle end on this month.

    Thankyou for posting your journey. I hope to also have a BFP by mid March x x
    Hi @Mia75

    I'm looking at going to IVF Spain (or maybe Instituto Bernebeu) soon too. I've found both clinics to be very professional and responsive so far. My husband and I just had some further blood tests late last week for them so hopefully we can things moving very soon.

    I hope everything goes smoothly for you with your cycle and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ves View Post



    It’s fabulous to hear you are venturing to IVF Spain and making a holiday out of your time there, I regret I didn't make more of my time when I was there and when we go for our next transfer, I will be making the most of it. It’s a gorgeous place and I wished I made a holiday out of it too.

    You’re at a very exciting time and I remember how nervous I was at the same stage!
    It’s funny…. I love that you’re an Accountant too! It’s funny we’re like that, it’s like a club. Haha. No doubt you’d be as analytical as I was with the process…. Our minds just don’t switch off just because things aren’t numbers. Everything gets analysed and assessed!


    The injections I was talking about were the Prolutex progesterone injections. They are impossible to get a hold of here, I had to order them from an online pharmacy called ‘Gold Pharma’.

    After I had the transfer in Spain, I only took two weeks supply of Prolutex (for the TWW) from the pharmacy near the clinic because I had no idea I couldn’t get it here and no idea of the outcome of the cycle. They’re very expensive so I only took two weeks supply thinking if I got a BFP I’d get a new script here. I was very very wrong! I couldn’t get Prolutex from any pharmacy here in Australia, I could only get it online with the script IVF Spain gave me. There was a period of time I didn’t have the Prolutex because it took a week longer to arrive from the online pharmacy than I expected. My husband found a compounding pharmacy here (there are always several in each city but they’re not common and are special!), and my IVF specialist here gave me a script for another injectable progesterone that’s oil based so it had to be injected into my leg. So there are alternatives to use if you can’t get Prolutex.

    I’ll share this about the injectables of my cycle – it’s worth your sanity to get Prolutex if you can as you can inject it into your stomach. The progesterone you get here is oil based and you will need to inject it into your leg and after a few of injections into my leg, I was in hell. No IVF medication is fun but from my experience quite a lot of it can make you feel really off, the injections into my leg were just horrible and I would limp around… wasn’t great and made things feel so much harder than it had to be.


    There’s quite a lot of medication to take for the first 12 weeks but you can get all the other items here but just not the Prolutex.

    You mentioned you want to avoid injectables as much as possible but I guess that’s based on what your doctor at IVF Spain prescribes you. I had two injections per day, one was the Prolutex and the other was Clexane.

    I wish you all the very best of luck with your cycle! Gosh, you’d be getting so excited now, it’s so close! xx

    Hi @Ves

    Thanks for the information on the injections. I will keep that all in mind when I go to Spain. I start my mock cycle tomorrow and will be taking Progynova and will have an ultrasound late January to measure the lining of my uterus on that same day I have to take a triptorelin injection which helps with the lining plus I will have to take Utrogestan. I then take another ultrasound just before I leave for Spain. It will determine if my uterus will be ready and what further treatment I might need for a successful transfer and implantation.

    This is all so interesting, so yes I am analysing everything.

    I am excited as I am looking forward to going to Spain and looking forward to a positive result. I will let you know how I go. Thanks again for sharing your journey and thank you for the great level of detail as well. It really helps me understand more about the process, I know everyone's journey is different but it still helps x x x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn78 View Post
    Hi @Mia75

    I'm looking at going to IVF Spain (or maybe Instituto Bernebeu) soon too. I've found both clinics to be very professional and responsive so far. My husband and I just had some further blood tests late last week for them so hopefully we can things moving very soon.

    I hope everything goes smoothly for you with your cycle and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you!
    Hi @Unicorn78

    Thankyou. I am looking forward to hearing about your journey too and wish you all the best. It's great to be in touch with people who are on the same journey and have an understanding of what we are going through. X x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia75 View Post
    Hi @Ves

    Thanks for the information on the injections. I will keep that all in mind when I go to Spain. I start my mock cycle tomorrow and will be taking Progynova and will have an ultrasound late January to measure the lining of my uterus on that same day I have to take a triptorelin injection which helps with the lining plus I will have to take Utrogestan. I then take another ultrasound just before I leave for Spain. It will determine if my uterus will be ready and what further treatment I might need for a successful transfer and implantation.

    This is all so interesting, so yes I am analysing everything.

    I am excited as I am looking forward to going to Spain and looking forward to a positive result. I will let you know how I go. Thanks again for sharing your journey and thank you for the great level of detail as well. It really helps me understand more about the process, I know everyone's journey is different but it still helps x x x
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    I'm very excited for you, it's an amazing journey and sounds like you're well and truly on your way! Not long now and you'll be getting your transfer. I'm really looking forward to hearing about your time there.

    It's extremely difficult to summarise our experience with IVF Spain and the journey prior but I hope I've helped someone with this thread get through a tough day or give reassurance.
    I know in my darkest times during each cycle, talking with other ladies who were going through what I was experiencing was always comforting. It got to a point where I had no one to talk to and this is a major reason for my review and very long posts …. hopefully it helps someone get through their day! xx

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    Wow! That's fantastic you're getting your tests done and you've almost made your mind up on where to go. xx

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    Hi - I’m new to this forum and busy exploring egg donation in Spain on advice from our FS.

    My partner is particularly concerned with data privacy laws. Did you seek legal advice regarding the circumstances under which your information could be released? Did you have these sorts of concerns?

    Thanks in advance!


 

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