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    I've done a lot of research on local IVF clinics, but I guess no amount of research can prepare you for whats really going to be happening.

    Our situation isn't quite like most couples. We're doing reciprocal IVF, where the eggs will be transferred from one person to the other, but we'd like some insight into what kind of medications and procedures we should expect. We understand that the egg donor is going to have certain tests that need to be completed to obtain the eggs, and then as a surrogate there are certain tests and procedures that have to be done as well. It's all just been very overwhelming and any clarity would be very much appreciated.

    TIA!!
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    dont have really much to offer, other then good luck!!! so, you're using a donor and a seperate surrogate? I'm not sure what that means for you...... but you're right taht both the donor and surrogate will be on meds....the surrogate's will be easier...as she'll be surpressing her ovaries....
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    Not as familiar with an egg donor and separate surrogate situation, but here is what I think may happen based on medications I was on. The person donating eggs will be on medications (BCP then shots in abdomen) first to suppress their body's natural cycle, then to stimulate egg production for eventual retrieval. They will be getting frequent blood tests to check hormone levels and transvaginal ultrasounds to check egg quantity and size while on these medications. The person acting as surrogate will take medications to suppress their own egg production but increase the uterine lining for embyro implantation. They will probably also have blood tests to check hormone levels and also have transvaginal ultrasound to check uterine lining thickness (and maybe make sure they have no eggs or cysts forming in their ovaries would also be my guess). They may have the surrogate continue to use progesterone (either as a shot in buttock or vaginal suppository) after embryo transfer and possibly a short while if become pregnant to keep progesterone levels up until the placenta produces enough progesterone on its own. As far as specific medications to be taken, that can vary clinic to clinic and even be tweaked with the same patient depending on results obtained.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

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    Julie- kinda. Our situation isn't the same as most people's on this board and I don't really want to step on any toes as I know the need for IVF can be a sensitive subject.

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    Wishing you luck... I have experience with DE but not with surrogate. If you have any DE questions, I would be happy to try to answer!
    3 failed IUI's and 3 failed IVF's with OE, 2 failed frozen DE cycle... we are currently doing our "Hail Mary" fresh DE cycle!!

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    It sounds like all the PPs gave good advice and expectations. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clear Water View Post
    Julie- kinda. Our situation isn't the same as most people's on this board and I don't really want to step on any toes as I know the need for IVF can be a sensitive subject.
    I hope you feel comfortable coming here for extra support while you go through your IVF journey

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtinagreen View Post
    I hope you feel comfortable coming here for extra support while you go through your IVF journey

    Christina
    I really appreciate that Christina. We're a lesbian couple and I will be carrying my partners eggs due to her broken back. So IVf isn't an infertility issue for us, it's just the only way we'd be able to have a baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clear Water View Post
    I really appreciate that Christina. We're a lesbian couple and I will be carrying my partners eggs due to her broken back. So IVf isn't an infertility issue for us, it's just the only way we'd be able to have a baby.
    It can be such a crazy time of meds, appts, and other stuff and I remember being so glad that this board was around because in real life people are usually so quiet about undergoing IVF, etc so it can be hard to find people who have been through it. I live near you so if you have any questions about a particular clinic or doctors, you can private message me. My IUI and IVF cycles were about two years ago but I believe all of my doctors are still around though may be in separate clinics now.

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    Xtina, good luck! Do you have any dates yet?

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