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Offline FamilyReadyTaunton

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« on: 16/04/15, 17:39 »
Hi all.

We've just been told that we're being referred to have IVF.

GP referred us to a specialist in Taunton Mid February and we had our initial consultation with the nurse to get information on 7 April, the wait for that appointment seemed to take for ever, however, because my doctor was so amazing and had done every test she could have done we were fast tracked to the actual consultant. It usually takes 2 months, we waited 9 days!

So....consultant confirmed she's applying for funding TODAY! eeek, and apparently doesn't take long to sort and she asked us whether we wanted to go to Bristol or Exeter for IVF, we have no idea as we hadn't considered it.

Bristol success rates appear to be much higher although the doctor said Exeter had a "blip" last year but were improving. Exeter is technically closer and more convenient to get to from Taunton, but I want the best chance possible so am leaning towards Bristol.

Anyone any thoughts/recommendations. We saw Dr Joels today who we would see in Exeter.

If it helps (I don't know much about anything yet) we'd be using my eggs & DH's sperm. Sperm count very low and I have a very irregular cycle.

Any info on IVF process would also be very helpful

Thanks!

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    Offline Tiffin

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    « Reply #1 on: 16/04/15, 23:36 »
    Hi FamilyReadyTaunton,

    It's fantastic you're on the IVF road so quickly, after your initial consultation. We've got ours at the BCRM on 7th May and was told by the admin lady I spoke to, that we should go straight to ICSI, so keeping everything crossed we can start soon.

    Only thing I'd say to try and help is that success rates would play a big part for me but then I'd also prefer a clinic close to me. I'm only 15 minutes away from the BCRM, so hoping the process won't effect my work too much, if I can have scans/bloods first thing. If you don't need to worry about that sort of thing and are happy to travel, I'd go for the clinic with the betters stats.

    Hope that helps. x

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    « Reply #2 on: 17/04/15, 06:52 »
    Hi Tiffin

    Thanks for your response. Is that the first time you've seen a fertility specialist or first appointment once getting IVF funding.

    I'm so curious about the process and how it works. Think I'll  have a good read of the forum over the weekend.

    Good point re work. Mine is ok but my husband is a contractor so might be more difficult.

    Does anyone know approximately how many appointments it is to help decide re work issues?

    Thanks!

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    « Reply #3 on: 17/04/15, 19:06 »
    Hi, we saw Dr Joels yesterday too and we found out we have no hope of conceiving without ICSI. We also have to choose Bristol or Exeter so will keep my eye on this! Thanks for starting the thread. Might see you there!  :)

    Offline LadyLam

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    « Reply #4 on: 18/04/15, 20:49 »
    Hi Ladies
    Good luck on your journeys! Very exciting to get started :) Based on my experience at Exeter, if I had my time again I would choose BCRM. I felt let down by Exeter over and over again, from being given wrong advice to receiving rude red letters in the post for a bill I had actually paid on the day before even leaving the clinic. Extra stress you really don't need. Dr Joels had originally told us we had an 11% chance of success but we found out later that she had quoted us the national figure for my age group and actually Exeter's success rates were much lower, so much so that we wouldn't have gone ahead if we had been told the truth. The egg collection process was horrendous and almost put me off IVF altogether. I had another cycle of OE at another clinic and it was totally different, it really highlighted just how bad my experience at Exeter had been.
    Wishing you both so much luck.
    LLx

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    « Reply #5 on: 18/04/15, 20:59 »
    Thanks LadyLam that's an interesting read, I'm so sorry to hear you had a bad experience.

    So pleased things worked out in the end for you.

    Decision made... Bristol it is!

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    « Reply #6 on: 18/04/15, 23:33 »
    Thanks LL for that, it helps so much when people are brutally honest! I think we will be going for Bristol too. It's all so hard, you really don't need it made worse by mistakes! X

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    « Reply #7 on: 27/04/15, 21:41 »
    Sorry FamilyReadyTaunton, only just read the posts after mine. Our appointment next Thursday is our first with a fertility consultant. I don't know anything about the funding, apart from the fact our GP applied for it and as we've now got our initial consultation at BCRM, assuming that bits all been sorted out.

    As far as timings go, it took nearly 8 weeks to get our appointment letter after being referred and nearly a further 4 weeks for our appointment. This length of time could have been to do with funding etc, but I would still suggest calling the clinic every now and then, as found out our referral was sat on someone's desk for two weeks!

    Hope things happen quickly for you and MrsMick, look forward to hearing about your journeys. 😊 x

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    « Reply #8 on: 18/09/16, 17:07 »
    I'm aware this post is fairly old.

    Please could you let me what you decided on in the end?
    I've just gone through a cycle of IVF at Exeter that's failed. I'm thinking of trying the Bristol Clinic next.

    Offline lamb38

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    « Reply #9 on: Today at 13:13 »
    Hi Lolly,

    I had IVF and FET at Exeter during, what was described in a comment above, as the 'blip' year. I had a horrendous experience. Yes, everybody was lovely but in reality that didn't cancel out the shambles I experienced. I was put through severe pain during procedures that shouldn't have been painful and when things went wrong there was nobody there to help and a doctor in Heavitree (not the fertility clinic) had to help me after they spent all afternoon trying to find someone in the fertility clinic. I came away feeling like I'd wasted my one NHS go.

    Turned out that during my treatments there was something going on in the background with how the clinic was run and just after there was a huge change in who runs it. It's now described as a new improved fertility clinic.

    We're just plucking up the courage to start another round of IVF and have to decide between Exeter and elsewhere. Even though Exeter is closest and from what I've picked up Exeter has apparently improved since my experience, I just can't bring myself to go there again.

    Hopefully this thread will get picked up by others who have been to Exeter recently and had a good experience!




     

     
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