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ladybird

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Friday, May 11th 2007, 8:51pm

Anyone doing IVF/ICSI at Liverpool women's?

Just wondered if anyone had already had, was having/due to have IVF at
Liverpool Womens?
We will be having ICSI there in August and i wondered if there was any feedback?

Sarah :)


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Saturday, May 12th 2007, 12:09pm

Hi there,

I have had 2 icsi's there. Although everyone has different experinces to share, I can only tell you about and take from it what you can.

My 1st icsi went well but failed to implant. The only problem that time round was a difficulty getting through on the ph lines. It would take me all morning trying to get through & was v flustrating. Thankfully they have addressed this problem now.

My 2nd icsi went well up until embie transfer, it was done by a nurse who tried for an hour to insert them & in the end had to call in a specialist. There were several errors which happened at this stage & I was very distressed & uncomfortable.
On my 1st icsi a doctor used scanning equipment to implant my embies & I was pretty surprised that on my 2nd attempt it was a nurse doing it. They have since said the use of the scanner at embie transfer was just a trial. But they never told me about the trial or asked for my consent at the time.

So its worth your while checking who will do your transfer.


Best of luck

Lel
1st ICSI failed to implant Aug 05
2nd ICSI failed to implant Feb 06
3rd ICSI June 10

Only had 2 eggs (eggs too immature to use)

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Saturday, May 12th 2007, 12:12pm

RE: Anyone doing IVF/ICSI at Liverpool women's?

Dear Sarah,

I'm Paul, I am not someone who has been through infertility, but am a fertility scientist and counsellor working in Liverpool. My male research was with the Womens Hospital for five years in fact it was my research project there some years ago that became the present male investigative service. I was also the voluntary counsellor for the Infertilit/IVFI unit for several years, although they now have a properly funded counsellor who seems very good, and pleasant.

I therefore know a great deal about the unit and can recommended it. Although I have not had much direct contact with the hospital for a few years I know that their service is very good, medically and scientifically, with some very competent and committed staff working there.

From the feedback I get from couples who come to see me in my rooms for advice and support, or whom I refer on to the Womens, the only areas that seem to let the unit down are administrative problems, delays in sending appointments, misplacing notes, not always seeing the same staff at each stage, and you need watch that these do not add to your stress levels and you may need to push the system a little if you feel you are being forgotten.

Call me if I can be of any help, and Good Luck.


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Saturday, May 12th 2007, 8:51pm

Hi Sarah

I have had one icsi at liverpool that got cancelled after ec as i had ohss - i then had 11 frosties, i had natural fet which failed in march and i am currently going through a cycle of medicated fet with 7 frosties left.

Like Paul says the only things that let liverpool down are its a nightmare to get through on the phones, they have mucked up my notes by not writing things down that they should have and i see a different nurse every time i go. I have only seen my consultant once since starting in oct 06. Whether this is the same in other clinics i don't know as i can't compare it.But on a brighter note the staff are lovely and the ward is nice. If you have any questions feel free to pm at any time.

Good luck for icsi in Aug

:xxx3: :xxx3:

Me 28 DH 29
TTC 4 1/2 yrs
MC 2004 7wks MC 2005 11 wks
ICSI Dec 2006
Cancelled after EC:high risk OHSS
11 Frosties
Nat Fet March 07 BFN
7 Frosties :)
Med Fet May 07 BFP
VERY SHOCKING NAT BFP MAY 09



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Monday, May 14th 2007, 10:40am

Thank you for feedback ladies (and gentleman ;)) i am getting excited and nervy
now to be honest. I have to call the women's back at 12 to see if they have found
our file, as when i called this morning it was in storage :rolleyes:
Then again, it was back in Jan that we had our last appt.
I have worked out AF would be due around August 1st, so what do i do?
Do i call them when AF arrives and then they sort out drugs etc?
Or would i need another appt before that stage?
I have forgot everything i was told as the 5th Jan is like a million yrs ago :)

Sarah ;)


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Monday, May 14th 2007, 5:14pm

Hiya, can I join this thread please???

I'm at the Women's in liverpool and have only had one appointment there so far and that was with Mr Drakeley's Registrar - not the man himself. Since that appointment we have had the news that my DF's SA has come back without any sperm - so our GP has written to Mr Drakeley asking for an earlier appointment as my next appointment is in september (this was the earliest appointment available) and due to the recent news we are very concerned to find out our options. Our GP seems to think we will have to go down the IVF/ICSI route if we're lucky and they find DF does make sperm.

I phoned Mr Drakeley's secretary today to find out what I could and she said there are no sooner appointment slots so we'll have to stick with september. I feel like I'm going out of my mind at the moment - not knowing our options is really getting to me and I'm finding it all very stressful.

Sorry - not much help really but wanted to join in with you ladies and gentleman from liverpool.

Let us know how you're getting on Sarah.

Becky x



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Monday, May 14th 2007, 8:33pm

Sarah
How did you get on? Did they find your file?
Usually you ring up on the first day of your period and then they arrange an appointment for you after that to collect your drugs usually on day 23 of that cycle - thats what has happened with me.

hiya becky
Sorry to hear you have to wait so long - but try and be positive it will come round soon enough -try and plan some fun things to do together in the meantime. :xxx3: :hugs: :hugs:

Me 28 DH 29
TTC 4 1/2 yrs
MC 2004 7wks MC 2005 11 wks
ICSI Dec 2006
Cancelled after EC:high risk OHSS
11 Frosties
Nat Fet March 07 BFN
7 Frosties :)
Med Fet May 07 BFP
VERY SHOCKING NAT BFP MAY 09



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Tuesday, May 15th 2007, 12:26am

Hi Becky,

Paul here. Sorry you've such a long wait to be seen again at the Womens Hospital. That's unfair, and so painful, in view of your news.

Don't quote me on what I am going to say as I am no longer attached to the unit. September is a long time off and even that appointment may be deferred if they are busy, then you have Christmas holiday when they may be closed. So don't just sit back and wait patiently. Try ringing again in 4-6 weeks to see if they have any cancellations, try to pull some strings by getting your GP to write/ring/fax and stress the urgency. See if you can get them to repeat the semen test a couple of times whilst your waiting, as even azoospermia can occasionaly come and go (although I don't want to raise your hopes too much in this respect). See your GP and show your distress and see if he/she will request a further semen test themselves. Also perhaps get some hormones tests on DH.

Keep pushing gently. It's worth a try!!

Good luck

Paul.
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Fertility Counsellor, Holistic Therapist and Hypnotherapist
Providing Fertility Information, Assessment and Enhancement.
Natural family planning teacher.

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Tuesday, May 15th 2007, 11:59am

Hiya Paul,

We've had some good news this morning - Mr Drakeley's secretary called my DF and has said they are trying to fit us in at the end of july instead of waiting until september ... I'm pleased with that. Our GP has already written asking for us to be seen sooner. He has also requested a repeat of the SA but doesn't really know what will happen with that - the women's don't have any record of it and our GP seems tho think he's referred DF to them ... something else to check up.

This process is not at all simple - every stage seems to have its complications.

Will keep you informed.
Thanks
Becky x



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Sunday, July 22nd 2007, 10:50pm

Liverpool Women's

Hiya ladies,

Anyone having treatment at the Liverpool Women's?
We're now on the list to go on the waiting list for IVF with ICSI ... can't go on 'official' waiting list until my BMI is under 30 ... miracle in itself!

Would love to hear from others going through it in Liverpool.

Becky x



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TTC baby #1 for 5 years
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Sunday, July 22nd 2007, 11:19pm

sorry hun i was under leigh but have known of a few poeple who have had tx there


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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 10:58am

Hi Becky

There's a few peeps on here who have tx at Liverpool me being one of them. I have had icsi which was cancelled after ec due to ohss then have had 2 fet's, a natural and a medicated cycle. If you have any questions ask away!

blowkiss

Me 28 DH 29
TTC 4 1/2 yrs
MC 2004 7wks MC 2005 11 wks
ICSI Dec 2006
Cancelled after EC:high risk OHSS
11 Frosties
Nat Fet March 07 BFN
7 Frosties :)
Med Fet May 07 BFP
VERY SHOCKING NAT BFP MAY 09



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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 11:20am

Hiya Ruthie,

Who's your consultant there?
What's FET's? Am confused about the treatments. We've been told we'll need IVF with ICSI if we're 'lucky' as my DF is Azoospermic but Mr Drakeley reckons it's due to a blockage - so fingers crossed.

Becky x



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ICSI our only hope.

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 11:24am

Hi Becky

I'm at the Womens and currently stimming for IVF.

I am under Mr Gazvani who is really nice and all the staff on the unit are very friendly and helpful too

This is my first and hopefully only cycle....

Good Luck with your treatment

FFxx



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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 5:30pm

Hiya
Really bad i know - don't know the name of my consultant only saw him once in Nov 06.

We had icsi cos my dh has sperm antibodies. My first ec got 21 eggs and they wouldn't proceed with et because i had mild ohss - 17 were good enough to fertilise and 11 fertilised and survived. So 11 were frozen, then had to wait 3 monthly periods to have fet.

Fet is frozen embryo transfer.

They wanted me to have a natural cycle of fet which is where you test for ovulation using ovulation kits and then when you have detected the surge you ring the clinic, they take 4 embryos out to thaw and then a couple of days later they transfer 2 back. No drugs for this cycle.
That cycle got a bfn.

A month later i had a medicated cycle of fet which is where you have injections to d/r then take tablets to thicken womb lining then again they take 4 embryos out (they had to take 5 out cos one didn't survive) then put 2 back in. That cycle i got a bfp.

Hope i haven't confused you too much. :loony:

Me 28 DH 29
TTC 4 1/2 yrs
MC 2004 7wks MC 2005 11 wks
ICSI Dec 2006
Cancelled after EC:high risk OHSS
11 Frosties
Nat Fet March 07 BFN
7 Frosties :)
Med Fet May 07 BFP
VERY SHOCKING NAT BFP MAY 09



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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:08pm

Thanks for your replies.

Wow Ruthie your got a BFP - that's fab! How are you getting on?

Have I got this roughly right then? ... you down regulate, then stimulate egg production, then they collect the eggs & fertilise them using icsi and then freeze them .. then at 3 monthly intervals you can have FET until you get a BFP??? Is each FET considered to be an individual attempt on the NHS? I know that all sounds like a rather crude explanation for what happens but I'm really and truly unsure of it all.

I don't ovulate and my cons has said I'd need meds to stimulate ovulation before we proceed as well as losing a whole heap of weight before going on the waiting list which is apparently now 22 months.

How long did you have to wait Ruthie and Flower Fairy?

Thanks
Becky xx



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Tuesday, July 24th 2007, 9:22am

Hi Becky

I'm at the women's as well. I've had IVF and FET. You are nearly right with the description because if all is well you can have the fresh embryos put back like I did. Ruthie was in danger of OHSS and so she had to have them all frozen. I believe that one IVF and subsequent FETs from that IVF are classed as one attempt on the NHS. Not sure that Liverpool are offering more than 1 cycle on the NHS though. The waiting list sounds good though, much better than the 3 years when i went on it!

Of course remember that you may not need IVF if you get to ovulate with Clomid :D Are they going to monitor you to see if the clomid is working?




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PCOS since 1991
TTC 4.5 years
1st IVF Sept 06 - BFN
FET Mar 07 - BFN
2nd IVF Aug 07 on the NHS! Yippeeeeee - EC 3rd September 19 eggs - 2 fertlised - :BFP: Its a girl !

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Tuesday, July 24th 2007, 11:45am

Hiya Maybe Baby,

Thanks for your reply. It's not just me not ovulating that's our problem - my DF is azoospermic (no sperm in ejaculate at all) - he's got to have an ultrasound and a biopsy to see if there's a blockage and to also see if they can harvest any sperm. If they can't our options are limited to donor sperm and adoption. WE've discussed this and donor sperm is just not an option for us - so fingers crossed they find some sperm when they do the biopsy.

Our consultant said we'd get 2 tries on the nhs but we need to find out the rules regarding going private because I've heard that if you pay privately you may not be allowed to have NHS treatment after that. At the moment we reckon it'll take me about 12 months to lose the weight I need to lose and we're hoping that we'll be allowed to pay privately for an attempt whilst we're waiting the 22 months on the NHS list. Does that make sense?

Becky x



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TTC baby #1 for 5 years
ICSI our only hope.

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Tuesday, July 24th 2007, 12:18pm

Yes it makes sense as thats what I did. You need to ask your Primary Care Trust for a copy of their rules. If you pay for a round then they take that round off your NHS goes! Generous eh?

Good luck though, fingers crossed.




Me 37 DH 35
PCOS since 1991
TTC 4.5 years
1st IVF Sept 06 - BFN
FET Mar 07 - BFN
2nd IVF Aug 07 on the NHS! Yippeeeeee - EC 3rd September 19 eggs - 2 fertlised - :BFP: Its a girl !

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Tuesday, July 24th 2007, 12:36pm

Thanks .. you too.
When do you start your next round?

Becky xx



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Tuesday, July 24th 2007, 5:25pm

Hi

I had one go on the nhs that was the icsi and then the nat fet - that was classed as one cycle. One cycle is when embryos are transferred (if that makes sense?) The med fet i had to pay for.
I was very lucky i only had to wait 3/4 months from being transferred from my hosp in wales to liverpool. The consultant at the time said he wanted to transfer me then becuase the waiting lists were short and 1 free tx.

Me 28 DH 29
TTC 4 1/2 yrs
MC 2004 7wks MC 2005 11 wks
ICSI Dec 2006
Cancelled after EC:high risk OHSS
11 Frosties
Nat Fet March 07 BFN
7 Frosties :)
Med Fet May 07 BFP
VERY SHOCKING NAT BFP MAY 09



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Friday, December 7th 2007, 8:43pm

Anybody being treated at Liverpool Womens Hospital?

Subjects says it all really. :D

Gracie xxxxx
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Wednesday, December 26th 2007, 6:38am

IVF at Hewitt Centre, Liverpool

Hi, Merry Christmas to everyone!

Is anybody undergoing or due to undergo treatment at the Hewitt Centre within the next 6 months. I have been told that the waiting list is approximately two years at the moment. We have been written to by the Centre to say that our first consultation will be in June 2008 (possibly) and I was wondering what experiences other people out there had.

xmas33
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Wednesday, December 26th 2007, 1:59pm

RE: IVF at Hewitt Centre, Liverpool

Hi Suse,

I have had 2 Icsi in LWH in 2005 although we were self funded. We had been messed around and waited 15 months to have "sperm washing" and iui at our local hospital and when we finally had our appointment there we were told what we needed was Icsi but would have to pay as my hubby had a child. Anyway my point being ...I phoned LWH that day and had an appointment for consultation the very next week!

If you could it may help to pay for your inital consultation to speed things along.

Sadly the embies did not implant but will return there soon.

Best wishes

lel
1st ICSI failed to implant Aug 05
2nd ICSI failed to implant Feb 06
3rd ICSI June 10

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Wednesday, December 26th 2007, 3:12pm

Thanks

Hi LEL,

Thanks for your reply, sorry that you have not had much luck so far. I will send you some :goodluck:.

We are hoping not to have to pay in the first instance as would love to use any money saved to look after babies if we are lucky but as we only get one free trial anyway maybe we will pay after all.

babydust to you

xx
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April 2009 ICSI - :BFP: Baby Boy on board!




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Wednesday, December 26th 2007, 6:54pm

Hi

Ive been at LWH for a few years and got my BFP in September. Lel is right, you may be worthwhile paying for the first consultation (about £120) to get on the books earlier. Then you can get on the NHS waiting list as a result. I did this and had a private treatment while waiting for the NHS. Good luck




Me 37 DH 35
PCOS since 1991
TTC 4.5 years
1st IVF Sept 06 - BFN
FET Mar 07 - BFN
2nd IVF Aug 07 on the NHS! Yippeeeeee - EC 3rd September 19 eggs - 2 fertlised - :BFP: Its a girl !

Baby Iona born April 2008 - 5 weeks early - The light of my life

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Wednesday, December 26th 2007, 9:01pm

Hi Suse / Lel

I'm under Liverpool at the mo too. After referral from local hospital we got a letter from Lpool in June 06 telling us that we would be seen in 6-18 months, maybe sooner. All a bit vague and disappointing. As it happened we got a letter in Sep 06 inviting us to the open evening etc in Nov 06. So it moved fairly swiftly.

Things could have moved a lot quicker and I could have started IVF at the start of this year, but I had a lot of surgery to get through first before I could start treatment.

Anyway, all I can say is that I've had the most amazing treatment from the hospital as a whole (that's where I had my surgery too).

I think if you can get yourself an initital consultation sooner rather than later then it will defo speed things up for you, and you'll feel like the waiting has stopped and that action is being taken.

Nothing like a few hosp appts to make you feel they're doing something! Keep us updated.

and most of all good luck to everyone! thumbup

:xxx:

Me 40 DH 35 TTC 10yr
peritoneal mesothelioma, cystectomy 97 & 00
peritonectomy, lost both tubes & most of left ovary Aug 07


Dec 07 BFP b/ov m/c 9.6wk
July 08 BFN
Dec 08 BFP b/ov m/c 9.6wk

July 09 BFN
Nov 09 BFP 2 x sacs 1 b/o 1 no hrtbt m/c 9.2wk
May10 BFP at 8+4 m/mc @10wk scan ERPC

Found: High NK cells, DQ Alpha match, LAD neg & PAI-1 pos...

NOV 2010 - Immune IVF at CARE Manchester
:BFP: [zx076] :girl: born 25/8/11

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Thursday, December 27th 2007, 3:22pm

HI

I have been having my ICSI at the LWH. This is my first attempt so it was free. I have been really happy with the LWH. The staff and docs are great! they will look after you!
especially a consulatant called Mr. Iwan Lewis-Jones. HEs a brilliant guy! I hope you get to see him as hes lovely!

The only bad thing about the LWH is getting thru to them on the phone! its a nightmare as they are very busy!

I wish you all the luck!
ME- 23
DH- 26
DH azoospermic. Testicular Biopsy performed 06. started 1st ICSI Nov 2007.
Preg Test - 3rd Jan 08. Result...F*ck Knows whats going on at the mo!!! ?????

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Thursday, December 27th 2007, 3:42pm

I've had tx at LWH, one cycle free and then the second we paid for and got a bfp.
Staff are really nice but like graciekat said it is a nightmare to get through to them on the phone.
Lots of luck to you
:smile:

Me 28 DH 29
TTC 4 1/2 yrs
MC 2004 7wks MC 2005 11 wks
ICSI Dec 2006
Cancelled after EC:high risk OHSS
11 Frosties
Nat Fet March 07 BFN
7 Frosties :)
Med Fet May 07 BFP
VERY SHOCKING NAT BFP MAY 09


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Sunday, December 30th 2007, 7:16pm

Hiya all,

We'll be having our treatment at LWH too. We've had all our tests, DF has had SSR 2 weeks ago by the wonderful Dr Iwan Lewis-Jones and now it's all down to me. I have got to lose a load of weight before even going on the 2 year waiting list. Since I'm already 35 our plan is for me to lose as much weight as I possibly can in the next 6/7 months and then self-fund our first ICSI treatment in the summer. That's the plan anyway ... who knows how things will turn out ... plus we don't even know if we'll manage to save enough money between now and then .. but it's our priority for 2008.

I have found all the staff at the Hewitt Centre to be fabulous. We've been seen by Mr Drakeley & Dr Lewis-Jones - both were lovely but Dr Lewis-Jones just seemed to have the balance right on all counts - very informative, understanding, caring, to the point and witty too. I have only praise for the place to be honest. Hopefully I will still be able to say that this time next year.

Good luck to you all. Keep in touch.
Becky xx



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DF: 37 Azoospermia / CBAVD / Carrier of CF gene
TTC baby #1 for 5 years
ICSI our only hope.

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Sunday, December 30th 2007, 9:00pm

Hi Becky! Yeah, im glad you are having treatment from Dr. Lewis Jones. He has been most helpful to me and DH. My DH was terrified when he had to have his testicular biopsy and Dr. Lewis Jones mad my DH feel really comfortable. and he done a good job.

Check out the photo of him on the notice board (waiting room) he looks like hes wearing ear muffs! ....hehe!

Gracie xxx
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Preg Test - 3rd Jan 08. Result...F*ck Knows whats going on at the mo!!! ?????

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Monday, December 31st 2007, 6:08pm

I know ... how funny!

He used to be one of my GP's lecturers at Uni ... apparently he also used to breed sheep ... not sure if that's a positive or not!!!

He is fab tho .. I was wondering how many of these fertility consultants have children named after them - bet there's loads! I quite like Iwan - but spelled Ewan like the lovely Ewan McGregor .. yum!



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Wednesday, January 2nd 2008, 4:03pm

Thank you

Thank you so much everyone for giving me such positive messages. My DH and I have recently found out that one of his cousins was treated by Dr Lewis-Jones and they couldnt say enough about how nice he was. So I hope we are lucky and are treated by him.

We do keep pondering whether to pay but would dearly love to save enough just in case things go wrong and we need it later. I think i can wait at the moment but it does help when you feel as though things are moving along doesnt it!
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Wednesday, January 2nd 2008, 4:05pm

Good luck to you graciekat with your test tomorrow xx
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Wednesday, January 9th 2008, 3:51pm

Hi all,

My friends will be also going to Lwh shortly, Suse thanks for all the good luck. Thought you might lke to know my friend were only referred in Nov from the gyne and their apt has come through for the Nhs apt end of Jan. I had told them to pester and pester. Yes there wil be the saga of the waiting list after the consultation but my friend said she phoned Lwh and was told the length of time depends on your age and how urgent your gyne has placed your case.

Yes we also had awful trouble getting through on the ph lines. There was also a staffing shortage when we were treated. As of late I have heard of 2 cases in my area of treatment working after attending LWH. So lets hope its 100% going to work for me next time I go. (Pretty please)

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2nd ICSI failed to implant Feb 06
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Wednesday, January 9th 2008, 3:58pm

Hi everyone

I too had our first two cycles at LWH, (self funded) my DH was under Dr Lewis-Jones he was great, I had two different consultants each time, The staff were lovely, we felt a change was in order when we were blessed finally with one attempt on the NHS so we moved to Shrewsbury, we just found LWH very busy and did not get as much one to one, but as everyone else has said cant fault the staff wonderful!!!!

Good luck everyone
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Wednesday, January 9th 2008, 7:26pm

Hi Gayle

Nice to hear from you, I notice from your thread you are going on to adopt & just wanted to wish you all the best.

Lel x
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2nd ICSI failed to implant Feb 06
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Saturday, January 12th 2008, 8:12pm

RE: IVF at Hewitt Centre, Liverpool

Hi there,

I was treated at the LWH in Aug 06. We were on the waiting list for about 14 months from our initial referral. We had our consultation 6 months before actually the treatment. This was with about 100 other people and explained thoroughly all the procedures. I put the treatment off for 2 months as when I was due to start we had booked a holiday and I decided to have my holiday first and come back relaxed.

As you will see from my details, we were extremely lucky and ICSI worked first time for us.

I found everyone at the LWH great. We took our little miracle back to see all the staff when he was born and they were all over the moon to see him - the embryologist actually held him and was quite tearful.

Sending you all the luck in the world

XXX
Gilly Me 37, DH 38, DH low sc 1st ICSI, July 2006 OMG :BFP: Born : 26 May 2007 bab22 Lilypie Third Birthday tickers

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Saturday, January 19th 2008, 2:17pm

I have just seen that LWH have updated their website and its fantastic especially the diaries and comments of people going through treatment - i have just cried reading through all the comments because they are all so true and i can relate to them all and it brought it all back.

Just to say good luck to everyone keep positive blowkiss blowkiss

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MC 2004 7wks MC 2005 11 wks
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Saturday, January 19th 2008, 9:31pm

Wow - I've just looked at the new website too - lots to read and learn. Like you Ruthie I found myself crying at some of the comments in the diary. It's very scary to think I've got all this ahead of me.



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Wednesday, March 12th 2008, 1:44pm

North West Clinics

already put this post on newbies but this section is probably more relevent:
Hi I have never done one of these forum thingies before so please bear with me! My husband and I, both 30, have been trying, albeit rather half heartedly, for about 3 years now. I finally persuaded him there must be something wrong and have since had ovulation test and he had sperm test. My ovulation test was alright, I think, and his sperm was borderline low, Our doctor was really rubbish and didn't explain anything and just asked us where we wanted to go to see a consultant! firstly I didn't know there was a choice and secondly does any one have good/ bad experiences of any in Northwest Region. Also pro's and cons of going privatley to start with?

Sorry rather long winded but desperate for some advice and everyone seems so freindly - must be worth a shot!!!

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Wednesday, March 12th 2008, 2:16pm

I am being treated at Care Manchester... who have a great reputation. This is my first cycle (which we are paying privately) as we're not entitled to NHS funding.

If you have any questions, just PM me anytime.

Take care

x

PS: Not long winded at all....
me 38 DH 45 - unexplained infertility and ttc for 4 years ,Mar 07 -Missed m/c
4 attempts at Clomid - BFN (Jun , Jul, Aug, and Nov 07)

Apr 08 - ICSI - BFN
Oct 08 - ICSI - BFP

Baby boys born on 29-May-09

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Monday, March 17th 2008, 2:04pm

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I used the one above, any questions pls feel free to pm me x x
1st go ICSI - @ royal shewsbury and Telford NHS funded
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Tuesday, March 25th 2008, 2:39pm

LWH/North West Fertility, Liverpool

We are with the Northwest Fertility, formally known as the Hewitt Centre in Liverpools Womens hospital.

Been there for the last 2 attempts. 3rd attempt now. (previous 2 attempts in South Africa)

Really good service, they do listen to what treatment you prefer. Dont know if allowed but Andrew Drakely the consultant is excellent. All the nursing staff great and empathetic. The head embryologist is very informative, professional and caring. Would recommend it to anyone. Note if you prefer a personalized treatment, mention it and they will give it to you.
Councellor also very good, not instrusive with attitude and recommend to go before you start.
Have excellent support groups and best thing is if anything goes wrong, your in a hospital, now it could not get better than that.
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Tuesday, March 25th 2008, 3:14pm

Hi Kate,

Im also at the womens and cudnt fault them either! They are really caring and supportive when they need to be without getting in your face!

It is my first time, so all new to me, but they have been brilliant!

dx
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Tuesday, March 25th 2008, 3:22pm

Hi Dyan,

I am off there tomorrow to see if follies have reached 12mm (short protocol) and need to see when need to take the injections to stop ovulation.

It took a bit of asking, but we are getting the treatment we want, as long as doesnt compromise our treatment.

What stage are you at?
Katex jilly bab13

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Tuesday, March 25th 2008, 3:24pm

Oh sorry just read your signature and you have two embies on board.

:goodluck:
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Tuesday, April 1st 2008, 11:47am

Hi Ladies

At LWH too. they have been msot amazing with me and DH. I had surgery there last yr prior to IVF. Felt really happy it was alll being done "in house". I've seen Andrew Drakely but most of my meetings have been with Charles Kingsland (i feeel quite honored!!)

they were especially vigilant ( I know they have to be, but I still felt they gave an impeccable service, very personal as you say nickate) around the time of my m/c and were really sensitive.

Can only sing their praises to be honset.

Best of luck you two!

:xxx:

Me 40 DH 35 TTC 10yr
peritoneal mesothelioma, cystectomy 97 & 00
peritonectomy, lost both tubes & most of left ovary Aug 07


Dec 07 BFP b/ov m/c 9.6wk
July 08 BFN
Dec 08 BFP b/ov m/c 9.6wk

July 09 BFN
Nov 09 BFP 2 x sacs 1 b/o 1 no hrtbt m/c 9.2wk
May10 BFP at 8+4 m/mc @10wk scan ERPC

Found: High NK cells, DQ Alpha match, LAD neg & PAI-1 pos...

NOV 2010 - Immune IVF at CARE Manchester
:BFP: [zx076] :girl: born 25/8/11

OCT 2012 - Immune IVF at CARE Manchester
:BFP: [zx076] :boy: born 24/6/13

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Tuesday, April 1st 2008, 11:49am

I'm at Liverpool womens's Hospital, now known as Northwest Fertility.

Bloomin marvellous centre. Great tx and great staff.

:xxx:

Me 40 DH 35 TTC 10yr
peritoneal mesothelioma, cystectomy 97 & 00
peritonectomy, lost both tubes & most of left ovary Aug 07


Dec 07 BFP b/ov m/c 9.6wk
July 08 BFN
Dec 08 BFP b/ov m/c 9.6wk

July 09 BFN
Nov 09 BFP 2 x sacs 1 b/o 1 no hrtbt m/c 9.2wk
May10 BFP at 8+4 m/mc @10wk scan ERPC

Found: High NK cells, DQ Alpha match, LAD neg & PAI-1 pos...

NOV 2010 - Immune IVF at CARE Manchester
:BFP: [zx076] :girl: born 25/8/11

OCT 2012 - Immune IVF at CARE Manchester
:BFP: [zx076] :boy: born 24/6/13

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Friday, April 4th 2008, 3:25pm

Hewitt Centre

Hi I also attend the Hewitt Centre - NW Fertility Service based in Liverpool.
Their waiting lists are quite short at the moment.
We had to go through a whole load of tests which took about a year before we were referred for IVF. They told us to expect 18mths wait but we got called in after less than 6months.
That's on the NHS too! Can't grumble at 6months for a wait.

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