Being part of a family run business holds great responsibility, just as it does in the corporate world. I would like to think that we never become complacent about what we (particularly Ruth) does, so it is always nice to be reminded by the people that matter most that they rate our services as highly as they do. No company should take their customers or their employees for granted and we will continue in our own small way to meet the high expectations we constantly strive to achieve and deliver for our patients.
Merry Christmas everyone!
My experience of having DEIVF abroad arranged through Ruth Pellow (Fertility nurse) collaborating with Iakentro clinic.
My journey began in 2012 when I was 45 years old, and was advised to go straight to the DEIVF route in view of my age. I had my first attempt with a London clinic where an altruistic ED was found and I started on medications. My first endometrium lining scan showed a polyp, which was removed in January 2013, and had a fresh embryo transferred ( 2 perfect text book blastocytes) in March 2013. It didn’t result in a pregnancy; my lining was 7.3mm on the day of the embryo transfer despite taking very high dose of oestrogen. The London clinic then wanted me to go straight into a FET, but I refused, and decided I need to do my own research into why my lining was thin etc.
During this research I came across Ruth’s website: http://ivftreatmentabroad.com/. I contacted Ruth via email and she responded very promptly. During my first telephone consultation with Ruth I felt very reassured by the extent of her knowledge, professionalism and sensitivity in this area.
I arranged to meet Ruth in person soon after the telephone consultation and combined this with a week’s vacation in Athens, Greece in October 2013. After the face to face consultation and a tour around the clinic, my mind was made up. Ruth has made me feel so at ease that most of my worries and doubts about doing IVF abroad were gone.
I contacted Ruth November 2013 to start the ball rolling for DEIVF cycle abroad. A donor was matched very quickly, within 3 weeks. I went with freezing all cycle due to the time and my thin lining issues. Ruth took all the stress away for me by arranging everything, including where to go for blood tests, lining scans and pharmacy for prescriptions. I felt more relaxed doing the IVF abroad than in UK.
I started the Iakentro medication regime in February 2014, but encountered problems in getting the lining thick enough for embryo transfer, and had two cycles cancelled consecutively. On the third month of trying, Ruth and the Iakentro team adjusted my drug protocol and added Tamoxifen and a uterine GCSF wash. My lining on the day of embryo transfer was 8.1mm. It was a success – I got my first bfp in May 2014. Unfortunately I miscarried at 21 weeks gestation because of my cervical incompetence that precipitated by urinary tract infection. I felt much supported throughout the whole IVF process and during my miscarriage. Ruth advised me to wait six months before trying again, which I did. I got myself healthier and had a Transabdominal cerclage (TAC) placed by Mr NW in London Jan 2015. I followed the same drug protocol with the added endometrial scratch and intralipid infusions. My lining before embryo transfer was 8.9mm. I returned to Iakentro 6 weeks after my TAC surgery for the frozen embryo transfer. This time it was very successful. My baby boy was born in October 2015 by CSection; full term, little small, but healthy.
Had I known about Ruth and the Iakentro team when I started out I would not had to have wasted over a year doing IVF. I cannot speak highly enough of Ruth and the Iakentro team in their work and their help and support in my emotionally and financially taxing journey to become a mother. I felt well, at ease and was in great hands all the way through. I will be back to Ruth to pick up the remaining embryos soon in 2016. Kim, UK.
The Fertility Show at Olympia will be on the 7th and 8th of November 2015 and we will be there alongside one of our Greek clinics on stand 91 (opposite seminar room 4). As usual, we will be there to explain our services and how we can help and support you throughout your treatment cycle with our collaborating clincs, all with the able assistance of your very own fertility nurse specialist who has over 20 years experience. Should you wish to pre-book a free consultation, please contact us through here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that making the decision to travel abroad for treatment can be very hard for some patients, whereas for others it can be an easy logical decision regardless of whether you are looking at IVF own eggs, egg donation or any other form of IVF treatment.
Whichever category you feel you fall into we have gathered together some past patient volunteers who are more than willing to offer their experiences not only of our own services, but more importantly of their own IVF journey into becoming “abroadies” as the term is affectionately known.
Whether you just want an overall view of their trip in general, or would prefer a more detailed account including how the visit to their clinic of choice went, what the level of services and amenities were, how they were treated by the staff, the levels of patient care they received and whether everything met or exceeded their hopes.
It really is not as stressful as you might perceive it to be especially with someone like IVF Treatment Abroad guiding you through the process as well as people just like yourselves who have done it and for the most part enjoyed the experience whether they were successful the first time or not.
We know they would be delighted to have a chat with you, so if you think that this would help in easing any concerns you might have and will enable you to make a more informed decision, let us know and we will link you up.
In March 2014 I got into an egg donation program with a clinic in Spain. I’m from Germany and here, unfortunately, ED is forbidden by law.
It took me some month to find that clinic by searching the internet for recommendations, statistics and all those stuff everybody in my situation will know about… They presented with good numbers, high success rates and acceptable prices, so we chose that clinic. We had a coordinator, with whom we corresponded by email and who gave us all the instructions. The doctors that she referred to when answering our questions were always different ones, which made me wonder how much they might now about our special case and how individual such a treatment could be.
We had 1fresh and 3 frozen transfers, all of them unsuccessful . From transfer to transfer we felt more like we were just one couple of many and like nobody really cared about us and the reason why we didn’t succeed.
So I started again to search the internet for an alternative.
And that’s when Ruth’s name came up. I read through her ivf. Treatment abroad site and decided to contact her. I got an answer almost instantly with many information and the offer to chat via Skype. So I spoke to Ruth and that’s all it took to convince me, that this was the right place to go for us.
We talked about the former treatment and she suggested to do some further tests and also recommended one clinic in Greece which she thought would be best for us. Just a short time later we went to that clinic to do some tests, get matched to a donor and do the paperwork .
We got a proven donor and 9 out of 10 retrieved eggs fertilized and developed into very good blastocysts that had to be frozen, because my endometrium wasn’t as good as it should have been to do a fresh transfer. So I went for a frozen transfer some weeks later. Everybody at the clinic was very warm and welcoming and made me feel like an individual and not just like a number.
And I got pregnant!!! We were so happy that after all those unsuccessful attempts and the thereby associated stress it finally happened!
Unfortunately the pregnancy didn’t develop further, but at least we got pregnant and now we are quite confident that the next try might be successful.
All this time Ruth guided us through every step, explaining everything, making suggestions and always being available when needed: You have a question? Email and you’ll get an answer within the hour. Need to talk? You Skype Ruth, talk to her and she’ll make you feel better, or at least comfort you, instantly.
You can feel that she has a lot of experience and, even more important to me, plenty of empathy and the real ambition to help you make your dream come true: a child of your own.
I wish I had known about her before , because now it feels like we wasted one precious year.
So, if you’re thinking about whether you should try with ivf. Treatment abroad/Ruth I can only recommend to go for it! You’ll be in very good hands and you’ll be seen as the person you are and not just another client who needs to be handled.
Good luck to everybody !!! ‘
Well, we are back and are exhausted after a fabulously successful show! With 6 team members plus some of our previous patient volunteers (and some of their offspring)! we hardly had time to catch our breath. Thank you to all our volunteers and especially to all the visitors to the show that expressed an interest in our services, and lets face it there were a lot of you!
Our success stemmed from the fact that we were the only stand there offering our unique services namely that you get your very own fertility nurse specialist planning and organising everything for you, and of course this costs you no more than if you went to one of our collaborating clinics direct. Bargain!
So now all we have to do is start thinking about doing it all again next year. We might just about have recovered by then!!
Previous article part: “Women who give birth to donor egg babies are the biological mothers”
I feel SO blessed to have my son. You know, I remember when my doctor first started talking about donor eggs. I was devastated. It felt as though someone told me I had cancer, or that I was going to have a leg amputated. I couldn’t imagine anything worse. However, being on the other side…. I can’t believe how much it doesn’t matter. It isn’t possible for me to love this child any more. He’s 100% mine, no matter how he was conceived, or from whom. I know there are so many people struggling with this decision, some feeling that they just can’t go the donor egg route. I’m telling you, once they feel that baby kick, or hold that child in their arms – nothing else matters. I wish I could put them in my life for a day so they could truly see. I wish I could convince everyone who is sitting on the fence with this issue. I have no doubt that some people will miss out on this wonderful opportunity because of the fears they have about donor eggs or sperm. Don´t. Nothing could be further from the truth!
I know that the above might sound overly simplistic, but just think about the simplicity of the situation itself. Is it the egg itself that determines how much we resemble our family members, or is it what happens when we become an embryo and then a fetus during the nine months that we are in the womb. No, the genetic code is not yours if you receive a donor egg, but it is still your child just as surely as if you had decided to adopt a baby, a toddler or even an adolescent. That´s my thinking anyway. Make of it what you will.
Related article part: “Epigenetics; An introduction.”
Previous article part: “Epigenetics; An introduction.”
Perhaps the greatest myth surrounds pregnancy. Many believe the uterus is simply an incubator. Nothing could be further from the truth. The most important aspect of all pregnancies- including egg/sperm donation pregnancies- is that as the fetus grows, every cell in the developing body is built out of the pregnant mother’s body. Tissue from her uterine lining will contribute to the formation of the placenta, which will link her and her child. The fetus will use her body’s protein, then she will replace it. The fetus uses her sugars, calcium, nitrates, and fluids, and she will replace them.
So, if you think of your dream child as your dream house, the genes provide merely a basic blueprint, the biological mother takes care of all the materials and construction, from the foundation right on up to the light fixtures.
So, although her husband’s aunt Sara or the donor’s grandfather may have genetically programmed the shape of the new baby’s earlobe, the earlobe itself is the pregnant woman’s “flesh and blood.” That means the earlobe, along with the baby herself, grew from the recipient’s body. That is why she is the child’s biological mother. That is why this child is her biological child.
Next article part: “A recipient’s tale”