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Hobbes39 Tue 18-Apr-17 15:50:47

Hi - looking for opinions on both clinics and on the idea of changing clinic for a FET...
we have now had 2 unsuccessful rounds of self funded IVF at edinburgh EFREC. We have unexplained secondary infertility.
1st round we got 5 eggs, only 2 fertilised normally, both put back on day 2, period started 2 days before test date, blood test showed chemical pregnancy.
2nd round, higher stims, we got 7 eggs, 5 fertilised, 2 put back day 3 and one made to day 5 to be frozen. Period again came 12 days after EC, before test date, I was a day later having blood test, it was negative, but they did say it was possible I'd had a chemical again, we will never know. Anyway, while this round went better than last in many ways as we did get a precious frozen one, I'm now feeling a bit negative about Edinburgh as they so far haven't convinced me that the VERY heavy bleeding before test date for both rounds is normal. I asked after the last round if I should get more progesterone support for this round and they didn't think it necessary, but haven't tested my progesterone since the initial investigations over a year ago.
So, I'm wondering whether changing clinic for a FET is a daft idea, and whether anyone has experience of GCRM and if they might listen to my concerns about the pre-test bleeding more? I feel at the moment that even if this FET doesn't work if they can get me past the 12 day mark then at least I won't always think it's my body flushing the embryo out before it's had a chance to settle in there! TIA x

Sussex1983 Wed 19-Apr-17 10:38:25

I have used GCRM for both a fresh & frozen round.
Fresh round we got 5 good quality 5 day blaste eggs. The fresh transfer was unsuccessful & I started bleeding on test date. I then had a frozen transfer which was successful, but resulted in a missed miscarriage at 6 weeks.
Personally I found the clinic & staff really, really good. They are honest & realistic, and I definitely found my medication & treatment was catered specifically to me (I compare this with my NHS treatment, not a criticism- just a different service & approach).
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them, and I say that as someone who hasn't yet been successful in having a baby

Hobbes39 Wed 19-Apr-17 12:19:48

Thanks Sussex - that's useful. If you don't mind me asking - how did they support you in the TWW, did they give you progesterone and if so how much and in what form?
I ask as I'd really like to have my levels monitored for our FET but edinburgh don't seem to think this is necessary, and it may not be... but if I'm willing to pay you'd think they would humour me!

Sussex1983 Wed 19-Apr-17 13:08:38

For my fresh transfer I was given progesterone pessaries, can't remember the dosage, but it was twice a day for around 10 days.
Frozen transfer I was given only an injection at the time of transfer, and no additional progesterone. Leading up to they I had daily bloods to ensure the transfer was done at the right time.
Our issue is male factor, and like I said, I found the treatment very personalised, so it may be that they would treat you differently.
They give you a follow up call during the 2WW (just to check in) and whenever I have called in they time they were really supportive.

CosySnuggles Wed 08-Nov-17 17:00:05

I know this is but old, but for what it's worth, I'm a real fan of GCRM. We haven't used Edinburgh, but do have experience of a other clinic in England. When we moved to Scotland our English clinic recommended GCRM (apparently they use s lot of their research and also their lab for lots of tests) and we've recently had 1 successful fresh cycle there. Sadly, that pregnancy ended in miscarriage so will shortly experience fet too!

I was impressed with how they individualised the treatment and monitored everything throughout. I was unfortunate enough to experience OHSS too and that they also handled very well.

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