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Offline pauli

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« Reply #100 on: 10/12/17, 17:35 »
Good evening ladies
Cece - congratulations on your ET, like the logic of transferring 3 embys ;-) Fingers crossed that there is the ONE you need among them!

Tootles - I think it is too early to test. When is your OTD (given by the clinic)? From what I read some of the pre-period symptoms can be very similar to the early pregnancy symptoms. So there will be time to be a defeatist later ;-) Btw I have noticed too the early time of your post - really, on Sunday!?

LuluLimon - I agree with what Cece said about the exercise, I had the same advice from the clinic. Some exercise is good, just do not overdo it and do as much as your body feels comfortable with.

I have been in contact with 5 clinics in CZ, looked at their website and and asked the questions via email. The prices vary quite a bit between the clinics but still the treatment is so cheap in comparison to what we paid on our previous cycles in London and USA. It makes me wonder how they can charge so much less. I have just read here on FF am experience of a lady who went to a clinic in Kiev (Ukraine) and it was not very good.   

Well, we are planning to visit one of the clinics early January, meet their IVF consultant and also genetic specialist as we would like PGS on our embryos (if we bet any blastocysts). They offer also consultations via Skype, but I think a visit to the clinic will be better to see the premises & the lab, to meet the doctors face-to-face. I will let you know how it went ...

Hope you are enjoying the weekend
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    Offline CEce40

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    « Reply #101 on: 10/12/17, 17:56 »
    Oh damn, Tootles, I completely missed that you'd taken a test when I did my last post - too much to catch up on after a few days offline. Its great you weren't too disappointed. Yes, its still early, so not surprising it was BFN. As you've caved now though, maybe you should carry on testing every couple of days until the OTD. I usually test early and, for me, it does prepare me for the bad news. Hubby not so happy with that though, he'd rather wait.

    Anyway, onwards and upwards. It could all change again in a couple of days...........or not, but it sounds like you've got the right attitude and not pinning all your hopes on it. Fingers crossed you will get a beautiful surprise x

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    « Reply #102 on: 10/12/17, 19:19 »
    Yes my Estradiol was 200. I'm not sure what this all means?

    Hi to everyone xx

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    « Reply #103 on: 10/12/17, 20:27 »
    Hi Bumblebee, your estradiol seems fine too. FSH and estradiol are measured together as elevated estrogen will often be artificially "suppressing" the FSH level down. FSH measured on day 2 or 3 indicates how your ovaries will respond to stimulation. What are you planning as your next step? 

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    « Reply #104 on: 10/12/17, 20:34 »
    My parents have been kind enough to offer us one more cycle. We are planning either Serum or Gennet.  It's such as minefield as Serum have bombarded us with info. I've even sent off a menstrual blood sample for testing. It showed Chlamydia so getting Gp apt to ask would they prescribe us the antibiotics. 

    I'm just so confused by it all.  We meant to cycle last year but did nothing

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    « Reply #105 on: 10/12/17, 21:20 »
    Evening lovely ladies

    Great to hear you had a transfer CEce40.  Nothing wrong with being a bit slow. Ask that famous tortoise. Plus three in is a good number. I like the approach of your clinic - ours refuses to put three in.  So your test date is Christmas Eve. I sincerely hope you get further along than 5 days before you test. I like your rationale though about being prepared. So now it's time to take it easy lady. I hope that hubby of yours is waiting on you hand and foot.

    Pauli - I was messing about earlier and came across a website called My IVF Journey. It's based in Notts and they arrange IVF in CZ for folks in the UK. May be worth a look. I've been put off going abroad, but blimey O'Reily - it's soooo much cheaper! I might reconsider. 

    Bumblebee40 - how lovely are your folks?!  Have you had any tests done in the UK? It's mad to think you were diagnosed with chlamydia by having to send a sample so far away yourself. Hope you can get it sorted.

    I am defo an early riser. In fact anything gone 6.30am is sleeping in for me. But....that is only because my stupid body clock won't switch off from the 5am alarm clock which is required because of my stupid two hour commute to my stupid job.  It doesn't feel like that long ago when I'd be coming in at 5am!!

    Write, I'm off to wax my tash. I am officially the hairiest I have ever been thanks to glorious IVF!



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    « Reply #106 on: 11/12/17, 19:49 »
    The 3 embryo transfer is only available to over 40s - finally a perk to having wrinkled ovaries!

    My test date is 21st. Our clinic sets the OTD as 16 days after egg collection. Then, if BFN, another test a week later just in case, but you can stop taking the progesterone after the first negative.

    On the work front (sorry to dredge up and old topic), I've convinced my boss to let me take redundancy in the restructure proposals we've been developing - yayyyyyyy!  ;D I need to make my final decision before 19th Jan, so I'll know what's happening with this cycle, and then, hopefully, agree a leave date. I feel like such a weight has been lifted.

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    « Reply #107 on: 12/12/17, 00:17 »
    Hiya!  :-*  Yeah a few rocky days that I’ve been smiling through but how’s everyone?

    CEce40 - Night seats are over phew! Well done on the work front and heheh “finally a perk to wrinkle ovaries!” Yeah we deserve some don’t we.

    LuluLimon - not long to go until you start the pill. And yes totally demolished the dark choccies. Wow love all your relaxation things. What is the Bee pollen though?

    Tootles, aw bless you. But don’t they say that you need to do a full test nearer the time as well? Don't give up yet.  Re “bum grapes” no experience of them. I’m afraid. Have your clinic said anything?

    Hi Pauli, I've been at CARE and they've been great. (One time one of the nurses actually cried, when our cycle was unsuccessful! It was lovely, but...you know lol)
    Re PGS we’ve felt that with PGS we couldn’t get over that final hurdle, so perhaps this time we should just let nature decide. Also we felt the conversation around PGS was changing - even in the time we’ve been trying. We’ve to a lot of different experts who’ve said that if you are 40 plus, then best put the embryo’s back as PGS only tests a small part. So we’ll give it a shot.

    Bumblebee40 - hiya! I know everyone’s experience is different but I had an even lower AMH, just over 3 and taking a course of DHEA helped raise it for .

    AFM - well I had my day ten scan day with a fab nurse, who managed to find my vag! Lol! Take victories where we can. But jokes aside I've still got the two folly’s and the Doctor wants me to trigger tomorrow night. Going to have to somehow duck out of the work Christmas party I've organised. I really can't be doing with injections in the restaurant bathroom!
    Arghh So Thursday will be transfer day - I just pray there are two eggs in there, then they’ll transfer them on day 2! ^pray^
    I saw four magpies today and was like a crazed woman chanting: "one for sorry, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy!".


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    « Reply #108 on: 13/12/17, 08:37 »
    Morning Ladies

    Sorry to hear you've had a few rocky days Tiger. It's amazing what we IVF'ers can hide behind a jolly smile isn't it?  So it's trigger day for you today.  Good luck!!  I hope you are taking it easy.  Don't worry about missing the Christmas lunch. I sat through six hours of a work Christmas lunch yesterday, pretending to drink gin and tonic which was really just sparking mineral water, as everyone else was downing copious amounts of red wine and getting louder and louder and LOUDER!! It was exhausting! 

    On the PGS front, I'm definately sold on the latest research that suggests it's not all it's cracked up to be.  Our clinic offers it as a service. I was worried about what happens if you find out you have a pregnancy but with massive issues, but when I asked about PGS I was told not to bother given my age, the risk associated with actually doing the tests, and new research saying a poor result at that stage doesn't mean it won't develop into a healthy egg by Mother Nature sorting it out. My clinic was quite honest, and just said that if a problem arises down the line, it will just have to be dealt with by Mother Nature or intervention.

    CEce40 - massive congrats on the work front. That must be such a huge relief and one less thing to feel stressed about. What a bonus not having to decide until Jan too. How are you feeling?  Have you managed to take it easy?

    AFM - still feel like I'm about to come on at any minute, but did another test this morning and there is a line - really faint and I do have to squint a bit, but it's definately a line!  Hope restored. Roll on next Tuesday for official test day.  I could really do with a glass of red right now!!




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    « Reply #109 on: 13/12/17, 11:12 »
    oh my god Tootles, that's brilliant. So happy for you and your squinty eyes! Hope this restores your faith in the C embryos, I love it when the underdogs  come through.

    Tiger Smiles, fingers crossed for your collection. It must be a lot of pressure only having the 2, but hopefully that means that all the nutrients, goodies, energy, good vibes have all been pumped into those 2 precious little follies.

    I agree with both of you on the PGS front. I think if I was younger and was producing a lot of high quality blasts that just weren't getting anywhere, then I might consider it as a way of picking the best few. It's really not an option for us and they dont do it at our clinic anyway as they still think its a bit unproven - for all the reasons you both mentioned.

    Pauli and Bumblebee - your conversation fascinates me. I have no idea what you're talking about!! I'm so clueless with these numbers. I dont even know what FSH is.

    I'm working from home today and already wondering when I can test. I'm thinking Sunday.........