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Instituto Bernabeu - experiences?

345 replies

Botanica · 26/10/2018 17:37

Just starting out on exploring this avenue after four failed attempts at IVF. It still feels like a large leap to make as I still had hope that I might be successful with my own eggs but starting to come to terms with this and now looking into alternate options.

My clinic works closely with IB in Spain, and I'd love to hear experiences from anyone who has been through a donor cycle with them. How did you find the whole process? What worked well and not so well? Any advice that you can share?

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Caroosje · 15/08/2020 14:13

How are you all doing? Any news?
We just had our 10w4d ultrasound and both measured 11 weeks with great heartbeats. They were wiggling about all the time!
I am starting to feel a bit better but still very exhausted.

Caroosje · 02/10/2020 09:30

How are you doing? Any news?

Caroosje · 26/11/2020 14:57 are you doing? Any news?
I am almost 26 weeks pregnant moe with twin boys. Doing fine!

gfhun · 26/11/2020 17:39

May I ask what is the dispute about?
Have you managed to sort it?

gfhun · 26/11/2020 17:46

Congratulations, happy for you.
My journey hasn’t been easy. First lockdown then in October 8 days before FET transfer an ultrasound showed a polyp. So I had to have a polypectomy to remove it.
Started cycle again last Saturday and due for a scan next Wednesday. Fingers crossed it will be ok and I can go to Alicante for granger the week after.
Having said that I’m getting really agitated .
There’s hardly any flight going to Alicante and now Spain requires a negative PCR test prior to travel. Just the PCR yet is around £300-400!

An0ther · 14/12/2020 13:11

I’m due to have treatment in Spain next month but having difficulty getting the pre treatment over here in particular the prostrap depot injection. Anyone know where I can go?
My nhs doc won’t do it and local fertility treatment centre won’t do it on the days instructed 22 or 23rd dec and I’m panicking now trying to get this done. Need help here I’m trying to manage my anxiety but all this is just making me worse. I know it’s better to conceive when happy and relaxed but I feel the clinic are not helping with that as I’m constantly organising tests sending off results photos of documents, feels like I’m in a panic !!!!

Caroosje · 17/12/2020 18:56

This must be difficult! Isnt there anyone in your neughbourhood who can place the depot? Do you allready have the prostrap?
Thinking of you!

Caroosje · 17/12/2020 18:57

Our twins

Instituto Bernabeu - experiences?
Instituto Bernabeu - experiences?
An0ther · 18/12/2020 00:17

Caroosje I’ve sorted it now it took some time and emailing the contact for help. Aww my mum is a twin and so is my husbands mum

An0ther · 01/01/2021 23:56

So we have started the process and had my injection, taking tablets and due to go to Spain between 15th -22nd but we are in teir 4 and not sure if we can travel and if I can do I go alone or take my husband as my carer.
We know Spain is relaxing their ban in the next week or so.
Feel so hopeless can not get a straight answer from anyone we don’t want to book everything then get to airport only to be turned away.
I hope we get to go

Caroosje · 02/01/2021 09:52

This must be so stressfull! I remember flying to Spain in June for my frozen transfer. It was before the borders had opened and I went alone without my husband.
I brought a letter from IB explaining my reason for travel and a recent negative pcr test and had no trouble at all. But it was scary as I was not sure the Spanish patrol would let me through.
Goodluck and let us know!

Babi16 · 04/01/2021 15:17

Happy new year everyone! I have read through this thread that I came across while researching IVF clinics - thank you all for generously sharing your experience with IB, it's been really helpful. @An0ther, were able to get to Spain for treatment in the end? @Caroosje, you must be so close now to meeting your amazing babies☺️...hope you're doing great.

Caroosje · 04/01/2021 15:48

Thank you! Have you made up your mind yet as to which clinic is your clinic of choice? Good luck on your journey!

Babi16 · 04/01/2021 16:40

I'm really thinking about IB and have taken the first step with getting some more information from them. I have similar concerns others have had around what has been raised on this thread including:

  • travel to Spain during these times
  • passing their eligibility criteria for the donor embryo guarantee program ( I have a few small fibroids outside my uterus, last scan showed the biggest to be about 2cm; although I also had a heteroscopy recently showing completely clear womb cavity)

-How and the extent of the monitoring and medication protocol would work whilst I'm in the UK ...can I get the meds on NHS prescription?
  • General unknown... thanks for asking...I'm waiting for them to get back to me from my first contact.
Sine1 · 05/01/2021 22:55

Hi, I’m interested in IB as well for egg donation and have just contacted them for information. Please let me know how you get on as I’m also concerned about travelling in the next few months, if it will be possible and what tests I can have done here in the UK and perhaps just go for the transfer. I’ve also had a consultation with Barcelona IVF, does anyone have any experiences with them?

An0ther · 14/01/2021 07:45

So we were due to fly on 26th, with Spain due to lift restrictions on 19th but now Spain have changed this date and now we can not go after we have booked all our flights etc !!! We have emailed the clinic to see what we can do.

Babi16 · 14/01/2021 08:50

@An0ther, that's a shame. I hope the clinic can reschedule - they should be given the circumstances outside your control. What is the new date Spain plans to lift their restriction? Please keep us posted.

gfhun · 14/01/2021 12:31

Unfortunately my transfer in December didn’t result in pregnancy.
I was thinking going back to Alicante in late Feb.
What are the current restrictions?

An0ther · 14/01/2021 13:26

No travellers from the uk until feb but they have done this and changed the date twice now. We are not sure we will be able to change our dates with the flights we have already booked

Caroosje · 14/01/2021 17:49

Oh this is awfull...of is so hard to plan these days! Thinking of you all!

An0ther · 14/01/2021 19:10

Thankyou I’ve not had confirmation of when we can restart.

An0ther · 30/01/2021 01:11

Just an update Spain have change travel restrictions to 16th feb so we are having to change our plan again. Beginning to think we may have to seriously consider a uk clinic but not sure how much we owe the Spanish clinic if anything??? We just don’t know anymore

Caroosje · 30/01/2021 10:11

Wow...this is would think restrictions will be lifted somewhere this spring....

gfhun · 30/01/2021 15:29

I was going to start my second cycle 2nd Feb. But after reading that Spain has extended travel restrictions again....
It feels like we never gonna get there....

SJen · 12/02/2021 16:22

Hi Everyone , me and my partner are looking to do the pregnancy Guarantee program using donor eggs, and we have our first Skype consultation on Wednesday with IB Alicante. We’ve just been turned down from Care Fertility for their refund programme as we have already had 3 rounds of DE ivf that all failed. Does anyone know if IB have strict guidelines on who they accept on their program? Thanks

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