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Over 40 and TTC with IVF/ICSI #29

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#1 ~Mintie~

Posted 01 June 2016 - 11:07 PM

New thread time ladies. Here's the link to your old thread.


#2 Bella Laird

Posted 02 June 2016 - 06:48 AM

Gold! Woo HOO! First time ever! :p

Well, after quite a few months off the merry go round and a hernia repair, I had an egg pick up yesterday... 7 eggs, 3 mature enough for fertilization, possible transfer Monday. Trying desperately not to stress.

Edited by Bella Laird, 02 June 2016 - 06:49 AM.

#3 Green lady

Posted 05 June 2016 - 06:43 PM

Good luck for your transfer Monday!

#4 Bella Laird

Posted 06 June 2016 - 09:31 AM

Thanks Green Lady.  1 of 3 made it to day 5. Embryo is onboard... Now for the interminable wait.

#5 Green lady

Posted 06 June 2016 - 05:50 PM

That's great you got to transfer !

#6 Bella Laird

Posted 16 June 2016 - 06:53 PM

Started spotting today, day before BT... Expecting to get a BFN tomorrow.

#7 Green lady

Posted 16 June 2016 - 09:57 PM

Bugger sorry to hear that

#8 Bella Laird

Posted 16 October 2016 - 04:01 PM

If anyone is still following...

Had a consult with my FS, and it's not looking good for me with my own eggs, FS suggested maybe 1 more cycle but down long, but I would have a much better chance with donor eggs (basically sounds like I have very limited chances with my own eggs).

I've gone on the donor embryo list with my clinic and I'm also looking for donor eggs/embryos locally and I'm now looking at overseas clinics.

#9 BillyV

Posted 30 October 2016 - 07:28 PM

Is there anyone else cycling at the moment in this over 40's group? Best of luck to you if so xx

#10 Jo.F

Posted 31 October 2016 - 07:23 PM

Hey Billy. I'm 41 this December and having my FET on Wednesday :)

#11 BillyV

Posted 31 October 2016 - 09:47 PM

Best of luck for Wednesday Jo.F!! :)

#12 Jo.F

Posted 02 November 2016 - 08:08 AM

Thanks Billy :D

#13 Bella Laird

Posted 24 December 2016 - 04:02 PM

Hello to everyone still following this thread

Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus.

Hope everyone is going well and has had success. Just wanted to update for me.

After waiting for "too long for me for my age" to find a local egg / embryo donor, I am going overseas (to Russia) in January for an embryo donation cycle, with the support of my fertility specialist. I saw her last week and she was more than happy to help me get through an overseas cycle.

I have 3 weeks annual leave booked in for January for work, which times in perfectly. I'm being "forced" to take annual leave from work, as I have too many days owning... thank the everything my employer "wants" me to take leave and it suits me to take it when they want (also known as they want to reduce their liability for my leave but they have to make sure they have staff available, so I can basically take when it fits in with my schedule).

Got one of my scripts filled today for the cycle. My flights are booked and paid for. My hotel is booked. I have my visa. My overseas clinic has basically my cycle planned (subject to minor variations as to when day 1 of my January cycle starts).

May everyone cycling soon have success.

#14 seachick

Posted 27 March 2017 - 10:15 AM

Hi Bella, any updates? How did you go in Russia? I wish you all the best.

I'm 42 and in my TWW in IVF cycle number 2. I had a Day 4 transfer with a single embryo (the only one that made it to Day 4). Today is 10 days past transfer. No sign of AF yet but I did a HPT yesterday and it was negative.

I don't hold much hope with IVF - it's not much help when egg quality due to age is the issue. I guess I just wanted to try it so I don't have regrets later. So I have been sniffing around donor egg options for quite a while. I need to work through the grief first of my not using my own eggs. How did you go with that? I have days where I really struggle.

Advice and personal stories of anyone else going through this would be appreciated. Also, I would love to hear from any over 40s that had or are now in a successful pregnancy, no matter how it happened (naturally, IVF, donor).

#15 Birdie11

Posted 27 March 2017 - 03:10 PM

Sea chick- my step mum fell pregnant naturally with my now 11yr old sister, she was 40.

And my boss did 8 rounds of IVF to get her now 10yr old twins, and then a FET from the twins batch to get her now 5yr old daughter. She was 43 when she had the twins and 46 when she had the youngest.

Hope this gives you hope.

#16 Green lady

Posted 27 March 2017 - 03:17 PM

Sea chick - I had a baby 3 weeks ago with my own eggs, at age 43. I did IVF with PGD testing to get a normal embryo to transfer. I did 4 stim cycles, collected over 60 eggs, of those only 9 got to blastocyst , 7 were able to be biopsied for PGD and of those 7 one tested chromosomally normal.

It's a quality game but also a numbers game at this age. My FS said he only supported me doing  4 stim cycles because I clearly had a good egg reserve left and collected at least 13 eggs percycle ( two cycles with 19 and 21 respectively collected).

#17 spring_rain

Posted 04 April 2017 - 10:45 PM

View Postseachick, on 27 March 2017 - 10:15 AM, said:

Advice and personal stories of anyone else going through this would be appreciated. Also, I would love to hear from any over 40s that had or are now in a successful pregnancy, no matter how it happened (naturally, IVF, donor).

I only just saw your post - I had my DS last year at age 44.I did IVF with CGH testing - I did 3 cycles at age 42-43, and had 2 test out normal from those, and one of these became DS. Best wishes for your journey

#18 Bella Laird

Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:20 PM


So sorry I didn't come back to update in this thread sooner. Unfortunately I got a BFN from that cycle. I'd been avoiding this part of the boards as I was really struggling with it (and it hadn't helped that a couple of ladies I work with had pregnancy announcements).

Congrats spring rain and green lady. Hope things are found well Birdie.

I'm still trying to decide whether I try again (either with my own or donor) and working out whether or when I can afford it financially and emotionally.

But I can say I had a wonderful holiday and really enjoyed the sights and sounds... and the cold! So it wasn't a total loss, I don't think I would've gone to Russia otherwise. I still get looks of incredulity from people that I went even if they don't know the real purpose of the trip.

#19 Maddie#105

Posted 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM

Hello, we are about to start our journey. I'm 46  and we are heading to South Africa Cape Fertility soon. I was hoping if there is someone who has been there or gone through egg donation if they could please give me some insight of your journey.  Thank you in advance

#20 isabellalove

Posted 20 November 2017 - 01:11 PM


Hubby and I are seriously considering donor egg in Russia, has any body been there and had success. I'm 42 and have had a few failed ivf cycles and due to my age etc my ovarian reserve is extremely low, have only been able to receive one egg per cycle. A very challenging journey this ivf so if anybody has been to Russia for donor egg would love to hear your story.

Many thanks :yes:

#21 isabellalove

Posted 20 November 2017 - 01:15 PM

View PostMaddie#105, on 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM, said:

Hello, we are about to start our journey. I'm 46  and we are heading to South Africa Cape Fertility soon. I was hoping if there is someone who has been there or gone through egg donation if they could please give me some insight of your journey.  Thank you in advance

Hi Maddie,

I'm considering Russia for donor egg. Have you heard from anyone that has been to Cape Town. I've done a lot of googling in Cape Town and was also impressed on their prompt replies. All the best I hope all go's your way. :yes:

#22 MagsJee

Posted 21 November 2017 - 07:50 AM


I've been away from EB for a while after I had my first LO but we're gearing up to try again for #2 and I thought I'd come and get comfy.  

I've just turned 40 and had a very unexpected EPU last week however the egg didn't fertilise normally.  I'm hoping a more controlled cycle will give us better results but my ovarian reserve wasn't fabulous the last time and we need to do natural cycles as I can't take the FSH - so only 1 egg per cycle.  

I hope everything goes well for you Maddie and that if you decide to go the donor egg option isabellalove you find one soon.

#23 Blue Lavender

Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:53 AM

Hi- Anyone cycling at the moment??

#24 Theia

Posted 15 April 2018 - 03:11 PM

Hi Blue Lavender, I'm currently doing a medicated fet cycle, transfer on wednesday, what stage are you at? I'm hanging out on the Ready Set Go thread with some wonderfully supportive ladies if you wanted to chat there, it looks like this thread is pretty quiet.

#25 Blue Lavender

Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:44 PM

Thanks Theia. I had my last cycle cancelled - as only really one good follicle. So having a break and will then get back to it. I am very experienced- took 6 cycles to have my beautiful son. I would really like to have a shot at baby no 2- but if not meant to be not meant to be. I will check out the other thread. I turned 40 last Oct.

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