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    Hi, there. I also have some problems with my fertility. I have PCOS. I have been diagnosed with it when I was in my teens. I have never had regular periods, and even now I have some problems with it. I’m overweight and I have hairy arms and legs. I tried several treatments. Metformin helped me to reduce my weight and I used to have regular periods when I was taking it. But I feel too bad when I was taking it. I had cramps, nausea and diarrhea. These symptoms were so strong that I had to give up this medication. My gyny recommended me to try an ovarian drilling. My hubby and I tried to TTC after it very actively. I did get pregnant, but I had a miscarriage when I was 5 weeks pregnant. I consulted one more gyny and she says that my oocytes may be of bad quality. She recommends to try egg donation as the final destination of our TTC journey. I do have some friends with PCOS. Some of them got pregnant and gave birth to healthy children… Is there anybody here with the same problem. How did you manage to conceive?
    P.S. We’ve already visited several fertility clinics. Both of them are located overseas as we can’t afford ED IVF here, in the USA. Both of the clinics are situated in Europe. The first one seems to be very popular among the infertile couples in Western and Eastern Europe. We found some feedbacks about it on various fertility clinics. We quite like this clinic, but it turned to be a little bit smaller than we expected. When we entered its halls, we saw quite a lot of people there. We had to wait nearly 2 hours before the fertility specialist was ready to meet us. Both my hubby and I felt so tired. My DH even wanted to leave the clinic. We quite liked the fertility specialist we consulted there. She turned to be a very attentive doctor. The second clinic seems to be ok, but its halls were empty. I didn’t like the RE whom we consulted there. She talked too much, but it was all like ‘what a pity that you can’t conceive a baby’. It annoyed me a little… Now we have to decided what to do further… I know that ED IVF will give much more chances to conceive, but I still hesitate whether I should do it or not… I feel a little bit trapped about all these things and need some advice…
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    Hi, dear! I think you shouldn’t give up trying to conceive naturally. There are loads of ladies with PCOS in the world who get pregnant. You must choose the right treatment. The way I see it, ED should be used when the other treatments don’t work with you. Are you overweight, hun? As far as I know, reducing weight may help you get pregnant.
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    Hi! Firstly, I’m really sorry to hear about your struggles of getting pregnant. When you have PCOS, you don’t ovulate. Even if you do this, your oocytes are of bad quality. These are the main reasons why ladies with PCOS can’t conceive. I used to have an ovarian drilling the previous year. We tried to conceive naturally the whole year, but it didn’t work with us. Now, we’re pondering of trying DE IVF.
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    Hi, ladies! Thanks for your responses to my initial post. It’s a great pleasure to meet you here. I felt much depressed these days. Your posts have cheered me up greatly. Yes, I’m a little bit overweight, but I’m not obese. I work out regularly and don’t consume much crabs. Nixie, I also had an ovarian drilling. I got pregnant after it, but I had a MC when I was 5 weeks pregnant. It was a big blow both for my hubby and me. We don’t want to risk any more. What kind of eggs are going to use for your ED: frozen or fresh ones?
    P.S. We plan to use fresh eggs. As far as I know, fresh eggs are much better than frozen one. You may get better chances to conceive when you use these kinds of eggs. Am I right?
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    Yes, you’re quite right, MissMiracle. Fresh eggs are considered to be much better than frozen ones. I think it’s because they require special handling. As far as I know, not all fertility specialists have enough knowledge to handle frozen oocytes correctly. I think it’s the main reason why IVFs with frozen eggs are considered to be less effective than IVFs with fresh ones. We’re going to cycle with fresh oocytes. After we’ve chosen an appropriate donor, a fertility specialist will study my menstrual cycle. He’ll determine the best date for the embryos transfer. I will have to take hormone medicines to synchronize my menstrual cycle with the donor’s one. When we visit the clinic for the second time, my hubby’s sperm will be picked up and used to fertilize my oocytes. Then three embryos will be transferred into my uterus. I will have to take hormone medicines to support my possible pregnancy. The first pregnancy test should be done in two weeks. In case it’s a positive one, I’ll have to take hormone medicines up to the 12th week of pregnancy. This is the way DE IVF with fresh oocytes is done. What do you think about it?
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    As far as I know, it’s a standard procedure, dear. You may contact any fertility clinic and your DE IVF will be done in this way. If I were you, I would check the success rates of the clinic you’re going to deal with. There are several websites where you can do this. I would also pay attention to the quality of the oocytes they’re going to offer. It’s better to donate oocytes from the women who are young and healthy. Women who have already given birth to the child are considered to produce oocytes of the best quality.
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    The clinic we’ve got interested in offers us oocytes of 19-25 year old women. According to the contract, the clinic has to test these women to make sure that they are totally healthy. They also have to check a heredity of the donor. The clinic doesn’t deal with the egg donors whose parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings have any hereditary issues. They also offer oocytes of the women who have already become mums. This the way the clinic we visited chooses egg donors for its clients. What do you think about it?
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    These are also quite standard things. I don’t think a reputable clinic would offer genetic material of a bad quality. However, dear, would you please describe the way they are going to choose an egg donor for your DE IVF? Will they show you the photos of the egg donors? As far as I know, some fertility clinics do this. Others reject this service. What about the clinic you’ve got interested in?
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    Before visiting the clinic for the first time, we had to send them a short description of the woman who would suit us as an egg donor. We had to specify her height, weight, eye and hair color. The clinic’s reps told us that they have a large donor’s database. They use a special software to find a suitable egg donor. If you sign up a contract with them, you’ll be able to see the donor’s 3D photo. This is the way they choose egg donor’s for our program. What do you think about it?
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    Sounds quite ok, hun! It’s great that they’ll give you an opportunity to glimpse at the photos of egg donors. At least, you’ll be able to make the right choice. However, is it an optional service? I mean: will they charge any fees for the opportunity to see the donor’s 3D photo? As far as I know, some fertility may offer some optional services for their clients. What about the clinic you’ve got interested in?

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