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Terri & Kerian’s Fertility Journey Update with Klinikk Hausken

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Kieran & Terri McDonnell

It’s time for our next catch up with our couple, Terri and Kieran with the latest news on their pregnancy.

The latest updates from Klinikk Hausken…
This year has flown by and we have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Fertility Journey. The whole process has been a real joy and with Terri & Kieran enjoying their pregancy we look forward to helping another couple fulfil their dream. We found the process of choosing a couple quite difficult. There were so many deserving couples and so many heart breaking stories.

We are pleased to announce that we will be joining the Fertility Journeys in 2017 to help another couple.

Terri & Kieran are a lovely young couple who were understandably nervous so we made sure, as we do with all our clients, that they felt welcomed and taken care of. Our aim is to always ensure our clients feel safe whilst in our care and this is especially important when they are travelling to a foregin country. Terri and Kieran soon settled in and were ready to start their journey.

“We were sceptical about how we would be in a different country, but we felt completely safe whilst in Norway. Everyone is so kind and approachable and most speak very good English. It truly is a lovely beautiful place and we will definitely be going back again in the future. For us Norway will always have a special place in our hearts”.

After their first visit to our clinic in Norway we explained their treatment plan and performed the necessary tests. Each couple are given an individual treatment plan and understanding their needs and concerns is paramount for us. Their stories may hold the key to a successful result.

“As soon as we met Dr. Hausken we immediately felt comfortable with him. He is so easy to talk too and made us feel relaxed straight away. The rest of the team are just as welcoming. We truly felt everyone went above and beyond for us and nothing was too much to ask for.”

We had been in frequent contact with Terri & Kieran by e-mail and Skype preparing them for their next treatment visit which was for their egg collection. Fertility2U kindly agreed to cover the cost of Terri and Kieran’s medication and arranged for their medication to delivered to their home.

“We found that when having treatment abroad it’s really beneficial to have that one nurse to be able to contact at the clinic, either by email, Skype or phone. The team was always available and no matter what the issue or question was we were looked after and someone was there to help us. This also helps with any worries about going abroad for treatment as you build up a friendship with the people who are looking after you. By the time we got to Norway for our egg collection we felt so relaxed with everyone. The other helpful thing the clinic did for us was organise the medication we needed for our treatment when back in the UK. They made this process so easy, and gave us full details of who to contact for this to be delivered and a breakdown of what to be taken and when.”

Then the day of the actual egg collection arrived and we were all very excited. We knew that Terri had a good amount of follicles and had responded well to treatment. All we needed now was fertilisation.

“They really looked after me throughout the whole treatment and during the egg collection which I was most nervous about as I was only given local anaesthetic. But for me it did the job. The clinic itself is clean, tidy and professional. It is laid out perfectly and also nice and relaxed.

I loved the room we relaxed in after the egg collection and the shower room that is available also. You also have plenty of privacy which is really important for any one going through this treatment. From day one nothing has been too much for anyone who has helped us,and it’s been nice to stay in touch and we would love for that to continue.”

We couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome. We use the EmbryoScope as a standard for all of our patients which gives us the full insight into the development of the embryos so we can choose the best one to transfer. Two weeks after their visit we got the brilliant news of the positive test. The whole team was over the moon! Obviously we were aware that they weren’t quite at the finish line yet as it was still early days, but it was absolutely a step in the right direction.

“The best thing about the whole experience for us was that after one round of treatment we fell pregnant and that we still have a frozen embryo to try again in the future. To find out I was pregnant after the first attempt was just amazing, but we put this down to the quality of the treatment we were given and the way the clinic also made us feel, relaxed and looked after. A big part of this I also believed helped was being away from normality and us enjoying our time in

Norway. Spending time just us two together and being happy.” Terri and Kieran have kept us updated and we were absolutely delighted to hear about the gender reveal scan. A little boy. What a joy! We hope and wish Terri continues to have a healthy pregnancy and a normal delivery. We will be cheering for them both all the way.

“Our hopes going forward is that the rest of the pregnancy runs smoothly and we have a healthy baby. We still worry that something is going to go wrong as it seems too good to be true, but we remain positive and hopefully our little boy will be here soon, happy and healthy.”

Terri and Kieran’s journey of parenthood starts now and we will be back checking up with them in a few months and sharing pictures of their little boy. After a tough six years of trying to conceive we are so happy to be the clinic that helped them on their way to parenthood.

“We would 100% recommend Klinikk Hausken to any couple thinking about having fertility treatment abroad, without a doubt. I could not think of one reason not to. Dr Hausken and everyone who works at the clinic are the nicest people and will really try everything they can to help. For us it all felt so easy and natural to work with the clinic and they have given us the best gift we could ever ask for. We will never forget what they have done for us.” We wish you all the best Terri and Kieran and we are already looking forward to seeing all three of you back in Norway.

The latest update from Terri and Kieran…

Since the last update we have been enjoying the delights of pregnancy. As my bump is getting bigger each week it makes it feel so real. We are obsessed with learning each week how much the baby has grown or how it is developing. We love every minute of it. The morning sickness now seems to have stopped – touch wood and I am nowhere near as tired as I was at the beginning.

The midwifes and doctors have been  really pleased and said the baby is growing as it should be and everything is going really well!

As you can imagine our families are also beyond excited as they have been waiting for as long as we have to have a baby. Everyone is being so kind and generous with offering us old baby bits they no longer need and are helping out with buying the essentials. I don’t think the baby will want for anything. The love we already have for him we can’t even explain.

It was my birthday recently and as a gift I was given an early gender reveal scan. We weren’t sure about finding out to begin with but further into the pregnancy we couldn’t resist any longer. The scan was so amazing; I cannot explain how emotional it made me feel. It was amazing to see how much the baby has developed and was moving around. I don’t think anything can compare to it. The sonographer was struggling to see what we were having as the umbilical cord was in between the baby’s legs but once the little one started kicking away it revealed we are having a little boy!! To be told this just made everything so real and we couldn’t be more than happy. From day one we thought the baby was a boy and to have this confirmed we are so excited. Since then, we haven’t stopped looking at ideas for his room, pushchair, clothes etc. We are going to start his nursery over the next few weeks and I also have my 20-week scan due soon. We can’t wait to see our little boy again!!

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Free IVF Treatment With Gennet City Fertility Clinic

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Gennet City Fertility

At Gennet City Fertility we offer you bespoke fertility treatment using an individualised approach and cutting-edge technologies.

Our promise to you is that we will look thoroughly into your fertility difficulties; that we will use state of the art treatment protocols and technologies, and when appropriate, we will also ‘think outside the box’.

The members of the team at GENNET City Fertility were carefully chosen on the basis of their achievements while working in reputable units in London and overseas. Within our team, we share extensive experience of and vast knowledge in fertility medicine, assisted reproduction and the management of early pregnancy. Using this knowledge and experience we endeavour to provide you with the most expert advice and to guide you through a fertility journey that is caring, safe, professional and transparent.

At our clinic, we offer a number of fertility treatments:

  • Ovulation induction
  • IUI
  • IVF
  • ICSI
  • PICSI – IMSI
  • Egg donation
  • Sperm donation
  • Embryo donation
  • Surrogacy

We also offer many other services:

  • Joint, female or male fertility assessment
  • Egg freezing
  • Sperm freezing
  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis
  • Preimplantation genetic screening
  • Urology and Andrology
  • Surgical sperm retrieval
  • Counselling
  • Psychosexual advice
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritionist consultation
  • Support groups and support programs.

We are a proud partner of Access Fertility which is the largest provider of IVF Refund & Multi-Cycle Programmes and Fertility Finance in the UK.

Ramesan Navaratnarajah

WHAT ARE WE OFFERING TO FERTILITY ROAD READERS?

A FREE IVF TREATMENT DRAW & 50 FREE INITIAL CONSULTATIONS

We are offering a free fertility treatment (IVF/ICSI) including the medication to one lucky couple. In addition to this, we will select 50 couples for a free initial consultation with one of our fertility specialists worth £200.

TO APPLY

To enter the draw for the incredible free round of IVF/ICSI or a chance to have one of the 50 fully funded consultation appointments, please read the terms and conditions below and follow the link to the form to submit your application.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The fertility treatment prize includes initial consultation, pre-treatment tests (Antral follicle count scan, AMH blood test, semen assessment etc.), 1 cycle of IVF treatment, plus ICSI if required.

  • All medication
  • Medical and nursing appointments and care
  • All in-treatment laboratory tests and procedures
  • Monitoring and scanning costs
  • Egg Collection
  • Embryo transfer
  • Pregnancy serum test
  • Pregnancy ultrasound scan
  • Follow up consultation (if taken within three months of treatment completion)
  • Counselling
  • The prize does not include:
  • Cost of freezing embryos plus the storage of embryos.
  • Surgical sperm retrieval
  • Empirical treatments

This prize does not include any costs of having donor treatment. If the prize winner needs donor eggs or sperm we would deduct the costs of the above and the recipient would need to pay the additional costs.

The value of this prize is in excess of £6000.

This prize could not be used against surrogacy treatment.

THE ACTUAL PROCESS

We will contact the winner and aim to get them a consultation to start treatment as soon as possible, depending on their cycle.

Any offer of treatment is subject to the relevant Welfare of the Child checks. Patients would also need to have a BMI of less than 35 to undergo treatment.

If the applicant has travelled to a Zika affected country they would be required to wait the length of the relevant quarantine period before treatment could commence.

FREE IVF CYCLE SELECTION CRITERIA

The successful applicants that will be shortlisted for the free IVF treatment prize must be under the age of 38 years old and with a BMI that is 19 to 35.

This offer doesn’t apply to existing Gennet City Fertility patients who are currently undergoing treatment.

50 FREE INITIAL CONSULTATIONS SELECTION CRITERIA

The successful applicants who will be shortlisted for the 50 free consultation appointments must be under the age 50. The appointments will be offered according to the clinic’s availability.

This offer doesn’t apply to existing Gennet City Fertility patients who are currently undergoing treatment

The successful couple that will receive the free IVF cycle will not be included in the 50 free consultations draw.

TO APPLY PLEASE CLICK HERE

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IVF Spain Update Us on Claire & David and Laura & Ian Progress

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Claire & David IVF Spain

During the first week of August, Claire (42) and David (35), the winners of this year’s Fertility Journey, visited our clinic for their first embryo transfer.

They were pleased to share with us the emotion and joy created by their short stay in Spain.

“We have spent some time in Alicante ahead of the transfer, relaxing in the area and preparing for our next visit to IVF Spain. Our experience with previous treatments with UK clinics has been very stressful but in Alicante, we have spent most of our time preparing for treatment by relaxing on the beach!”

Claire and David arrive at IVF Spain after having been trying to get pregnant for 7 long years and experienced 3 failed ICSI treatments with their own eggs. IVF Spain discovered that the quality of the embryos was poor and that they had always been transferred on day 3 of their development with a bad morphology. In order to increase their chances of getting pregnant, the clinic recommended an egg donation treatment – a fertility treatment which that greatly depends on matching the perfect donor to the patient.

To protect both patients and donors Spanish law requires that the donation process must be completely anonymous.  In addition, donors must be in good condition and younger than 35. Moreover, both donor and patient must share a phenotypical resemblance: hair colour, BMI, eye colour, and so on.

Dr Herea

Claire and David were grateful that so many women in Spain were willing to donate their own eggs, enabling others less fortunate, the chance of forming a family.

“We are really grateful that there are people willing to donate eggs. If we are being honest, it has taken a while for us to understand the Spanish anonymity rules for egg donors, but we have taken the time to consider this. It’s hard not having control or letting another person being in charge for something related to your baby. However, we even think now it is better that way, because the more you know, the more you want to know and we do prefer knowing nothing and leaving it in the clinic’s hands.”

There are other factors, however, that are crucial to achieving a successful pregnancy: the quality of the embryo and the microenvironment of the endometrial lining. This means that a successful pregnancy also depends on the successful communication between the embryo and the endometrial lining.

When we discovered that Claire didn’t have a single positive pregnancy test, we suggested to perform an endometrial biopsy to analyse the retrieved sample by means of the ER Map® test (Endometrial Receptivity Map) and accurately determine the receptivity of Claire’s endometrium during the window of implantation (the moment when the endometrial lining is receptive).

”The test results showed that Claire’s endometrium was post-receptive, meaning that a transfer performed on day 5.5 of progesterone (like in 70% of cases) would not end up in a successful pregnancy” explains Dr Natalia Szlarb.

“Before coming to IVF Spain, we had never heard of an endometrial study or ER Map. The fact that the endometrial study analyses the best time to transfer the embryo could make a big difference to our treatment. We were really impressed with the accuracy of the test. Our ER Map test result was post-receptive and although this was initially a concern, we later came around to the view that knowing the best time to transfer the embryo would increase the chances of success, and this might have been the reason our other treatments in the UK had failed” – Claire and David.

There are other key factors, however, to achieve a pregnancy such as the male factor. David suffers from teratospermia which implies that 96% of the ejaculate sperm cells have an abnormal morphology. Luckily, we were able to improve David’s sperm quality and fertilize the retrieved eggs.

We now wish them the best of luck!

Although it will not be until mid-September when Laura (41) and Ian (44), the 2018 runners-up visit us in Alicante for their embryo transfer, they already talked about the differences between IVF Spain and former clinics. They were impressed at how extensively their case had been studied by our fertility specialists.

“I think the longer you have treatment the more difficult it becomes. When you begin there’s a naivety along the lines of, ‘we’ll have one, maybe two goes at IVF and have a baby in our arms’. After 7 treatments (and lots of add-ons) the feelings completely change. You feel terrified that it won’t work, and you’ll never become parents. You’re scared it will work and you’ll lose the baby again (Laura and Ian have experienced 5 losses). You’re scared of physically going through the treatment as you’ve had so much. Each test and treatment creates fear – fear that it will hurt, be traumatizing, that it will give you more bad news. Then there’s the impact on your own mental health and emotional well-being. Can I handle this? What if the results say something’s wrong with me? Will I blame myself? It starts to really damage your mental health and well-being. Financially you start to feel that you’re risking everything, and it may not pay off.

For us we have renewed hope with IVF Spain. We have undergone tests that we’ve never had before (ERA, NK biopsy and KIR). We have paid for lots of very expensive blood tests and drugs but never received this kind of analysis. So, we feel as though the treatment is now specifically for us.

This creates more positivity, a feeling of being cared for and that maybe, just maybe, we’ll get to be parents.

Plus, we’re now using donor eggs. The hope starts to soar and with that comes excitement. Hope is the only thing that keeps you going and overcoming the fears I mentioned. This opportunity with IVF Spain has given us hope that we thought we’d lost.”

Laura is 41 years old and has already been through traumatic losses including an ectopic pregnancy. Due to this and to the fact that Laura suffers from recurrent miscarriage, our medical team at IVF Spain recommended an egg donation treatment to increase their chances.

The couple is thankful for the egg donation process being anonymous, as otherwise it would be really difficult to find a donor:

“For us, it’s taken some of the pressure away. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to choose a donor ourselves. But putting your complete trust into someone else’s hands is hard.

We’ve explored whether it would be better for our future child to know the donor. I think that’s something we’ll never know. But we hope that he/she will understand our decision to choose an anonymous donor. It would be good to know a little more about the heritage of the donor but then we also know that we often don’t even know our own heritage. We’ll make sure Spain is a key part of their story.

It’s also really odd to not know who this person is. What they look like and personality. What’s motivating them to help us. One of the things I’ve been really consumed with is the gratitude you have for this person. I’d like to thank them but can’t.

Anonymity means we have a chance to become parents. Without it there’d be a shortage of donors like there is in the UK. For us, this makes it a wonderful gift – a chance to hopefully find a donor that is perfectly matched to us genetically (due to the KIR tests) as well as in physical looks.

I can’t stop thinking about what our future child will look like – but I think that’s quite normal” says Laura.

Immunologically speaking, finding a matching donor for Laura is certainly a challenging task, which is why IVF Spain suggested that we find out her KIR via a blood test. Ian was also tested for his HLA-C in order to determine whether the maternal – foetal interaction will be optimal or not.

Thanks to the KIR-HLA-C genotyping test it is possible to determine if the uterine KIR and the embryonic HLA-C will both be compatible. If so, the pregnancy will carry on successfully; if not, then the most probable outcome will be an unviable pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage.

“We carried out the KIR-HLA-C genotyping and concluded that the patient had a KIR AA. It is known that KIR expressed by the natural killer cells present in the maternal part and the HLA presented by the trophoblastic cells together will influence the outcome of the pregnancy. With Laura’s KIR AA variant, the sperm would have to be HLA C1 C1 and the HLA of the donor should be as well HLA C1 C1; as her husband has a HLA C1 C2 variant, we will treat her with a medication that reduces her immune-genetic reaction. We believe that not paying attention to this issue in the past is what may have caused the implantation to fail” suspects fertility specialist Dr Isabel Herrera.

We tend to recommend a single embryo transfer, as it has been proven that on patients with an immunological profile such as Laura’s, double embryo transfers would increase the immunogenetic reaction, hindering the achievement of a pregnancy” says Dr. Herrera.

It is also known that these cases tend to have a higher risk of pre-eclampsia, late spontaneous abortion or miscarriage.

Until their transfer day the couple will try to enjoy summer just as any other couple would;

“I’ve tried to just carry on as normal. Remain healthy, take pre-conception vitamins. Reach out and get support through the Donor Conception Network in the UK and connect with other people going down the DE route via online forums. It’s quite isolating and scary so it’s important to reach out and not feel so alone.

I’m trying to relax a little – not so easy with work but it’s a work in progress. I need to get that bit sorted now treatment is on the horizon.”

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Laura & Ian Fertility Journey Couple 2018

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Laura and Ian IVF Spain

Laura and Ian are this year’s Fertility Road Magazine Runner-ups with IVF Spain. During their initial consultation with our specialist Dr. Herrera they were able to clarify all their doubts and were provided with a level of patient care, they had never experienced before throughout their 7-year-long journey. It was a completely different experience for Ian as well; this time he felt like a human being rather than a number.

You can find out more about their fertility journey here.

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