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Thursday, August 27, 2009

ICLW Rocks!!

It was has been my first ICLW – I have been overwhelmed by the support that Journey Man and I have received – what a wonderful idea!! I have absolutely loved the chance to read up on so many other blogs as well – there are so many stories out there – it is just amazing, it has been a great opportunity to get to know so many of you through your blogs. Thank you to everyone who has made a comment here, it has meant a lot to Journey Man and I, we have been very touched! Boy did ICLW come along at a great time – the last week has flown whilst I have been reading up and commenting like a demon!! Now it is only a week until we go to see the haematologist and hopefully start planning an exact time in which to head off to Thailand, choose our donor and basically get this show on the road!!

I have received the report from my Melbourne Fertility Specialist and he has advised the transfer of only one embryo back at ET because of the risks of my unicornuate uterus. I understand why he has advised this and I do agree that it would be a lot less risky to have a singleton pregnancy, though I am battling my own want to increase the odds of success as well as my want to have twins so that we could then call this whole fertility journey done! Considering the rest of the risks associated with the medical deformities of my insides, I am sure that we will end up only transferring one embryo back.

I can’t help but think of what the next step would be if this is not successful – have any excess embryo’s sent to Queensland and travel to there to have a FET (in the state in Australia that I live in, it is illegal to import embryo’s)? Try to stay in Thailand long enough to do 2 cycles (may need to win Tattslotto for this one)? Go straight to surrogacy? I mean, I am really, really hoping that we are successful first go once my dodgy eggs are out of the equation but I like to have contingency plans for everything. I am really unsure of what the next step would be, I mean going to another country to find a donor is really pushing the boundaries. I have plenty of time to think I guess.

I have received a list of donors from the clinic in Thailand. Journey Man and I are going to get Japanese food for dinner tonight and review them. I feel so grateful to these young Thai women who will help us out in this way – so, so grateful!!

Till next time!

Journey Girl


  1. Hi Journey Girl,

    Oh wow, you are doing DE overseas! Now I am intrigued - am going to have to read whole blog *sigh* :).

    Just wanted to say hi and thanks for visiting me -isn't ICLW great! I love to find other Aussie blogs.

    Why do you think you won't be doing adoption? I am not sure whether we will or not yet.

  2. Thanks, Andie - and also thanks for visiting me!! The reason that we may not do adoption is that we are doing DE in Thailand with a contingency plan of surrogacy in Thailand - we were exploring adoption and realised that we would have to wait 6 months from our last cycle and then go through the process and wait for a baby, I would be well over 40 and most international adoption countries have 40 as the stop date. Never say never but it is unlikely for us. We discussed it and preferred the DE option in Thailand!


    Journey Girl

  3. Good luck with this DE cycle. I have such a renewed sense of hope using donor eggs!


  4. Don't know if you know of City Girl Tales (, but electriclady also has a unicornate uterus. (She achieved a singleton pregnancy via IUI and is going for #2 right now.) Anyway, just thought I'd give you the link in case you might be interested in connecting with her.

    And FWIW, over the long term, single embryo transfers have the same cumulative success rate as 2 embryo transfers. The difference being, of course, time.

  5. Holy cow. I read this post and it just floors me the lengths you are willing to go. You are a lot stronger than I ever was. I always hate the unknowns and the need for contingency plans. It feels like life should be black and white because it is so hard to plan when its not.

    Best wishes when choosing a donor tonight. Enjoy the chinese food. :)

  6. You are a strong couple and being strong in your marriage, will make you great parents - no matter how that child comes to you!! Enjoy your Chinese :)

    Happy ICLW


    I love this time of the month! Nothing gets done around the house, but I get to meet so many wonderful ladies and read GREAT blogs! It's totally worth it!

    I'm sending you lots of love and hoping this is the beginning of your happy ending. I hope you enjoyed your dinner and were able to accomplish a lot.