Tough PCOS and pregnancy

Hi, ladies. How did you manage to conceive with PCOS? Mine is rather tough. I was diagnosed with it since 14 years old. My hubby and I are TTC for 4 years. I’m overweight, and have rather hairy arms and legs. In addition, there is even hair on my face. I used to take metphormin, but I didn’t help me to lose weight. There were also several IVFs with BFN results, so we decided to try ED. We live in Germany where this treatment is prohibited, so we went to Ukraine to get a donor egg. Actually, we got interested in Ukrainian reproductive clinic Biotexcom. It’s situated in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. We decided to contact this clinic because we found loads of positive feedbacks about it on various fertility forums. We even spoke with one woman who had her egg donation program in Kiev last year and give a birth to lovely son. However, when we came to Kiev we were a little bit frustrated. Firstly, we didn’t expect to find out that the clinic was so tiny. It was situated in a small private house. We visited it twice and every time it was overcrowded with people of various nationalities. We met loads of Chinese and Indian patients there. The atmosphere was noisy and unpleasant. The staff was constantly going forwards and backwards. It seemed that the telephone was ringing for ages and nobody wanted to answer to it… The clinic administrator showed us by her facial expression that she was bored to death by our question why we had to wait in the queue to meet the clinic’s representatives. We used to visit another Ukrainian clinic the other days, and everything was different there. It was called Nadia. Firstly, the clinic halls were empty. The administrator was friendly, and the doctor soothing. We liked the way we were treated there, but we didn’t like that the clinic’s halls were empty. To be frank, it looked like we were in a horror film, because not a single soul was there. We didn’t sign contracts with any clinic and went back home. Now we have to decide whether to come back to Ukraine and choose one of these clinics, or go and try to get the egg donation in other clinic or maybe another country. I just want to get to know your opinion about both of these clinics. If the clinic is overcrowded with the patients, but the staff is cold and unfriendly, what does this mean???

P.S. Maybe there is someone here who has gone to Ukraine to get an egg donation program. Please share your experience with us… I need your advice because I really don’t know what to do further…

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  • Hi i have pcos and i have had this since i was a teenager i also have a beautiful little girl and it can be possible to have a baby while you have pcos as for you visiting other countries i don't think it's a good idea there is a way you can achieve thease goals having a baby and lose weight there is this lady yhat has done research into pcos who also has pcos and mange to have childern of her own there is a diet especially for people with pcos and lots of imformation and advice so please try this lady she s really good and you can email her about your situation give a go the email is give it a go see how you get on let me know how you get on keep in touch.

  • When you

    come to Ukraine, you always have a double impression. The country is neither

    modern nor third world one. As far as I know, they have loads of economical and

    political problems inside the country at present. I don’t know why you have

    chosen this country as your final destination. I was there twice, and even

    visited a state hospital there. I didn’t like the way I was served there… Why don’t you want

    go to Spain or Russia to get a donor egg?

  • Hi hun sorry to hear about yours and your Hubby's troubles I was diagnosed with pcos nearly 14 years ago. Me and my partner tried for 5 years to conceive even went the docs for help wasn't very helpful to be honest so decided to lose weight by eating healthy small regular meals and excersising lost nearly three stone in a year I'm now the proud mummy of a six month old baby girl it was hard but so worth it felt hopeless at times but they're is ways and light at the end I hope your journey ends well xx

  • Kez610, really glad for you!!! I think losing weight is the key moment in becoming pregnant. I used to take metformin to lose my weight. It didn’t work much. Most of my fat is on my belly and legs. I think I eat too many sweets and move very little. However, after those IVFs I gained more weight. I just don’t want to experience failure one more time… This was the main reason why we moved to DE.

    P.S. We’ve chosen Ukraine cause it’s very popular among infertile couples. It has very good specialists to deal with. And, of course, their prices aren’t very high.

  • Hi,

    everybody! Peachcherry, when you have PCOS and have some extra weight, you

    should certainly loose some weight if you want to get pregnant. You should also

    pay attention to your eggs’ quality. If they aren’t good, you won’t be able to

    conceive. I have PCOS and very bad oocytes. I was able to conceive only with

    the help of a donor egg. Choosing a reproductive clinic is a tough task. I

    remember how I was browsing the net to find a good one. Peachcherry, if you

    want to choose a good clinic, you should pay attention at the clinic’s success

    rating. It’s the main mark whether to choose the clinic or not…

  • Yes, I know this. I tried quite a lot of things to become slimmer. Diets, fitness, drugs… Nearly everything! I don’t know why, but it doesn’t work with me. When I keep to diet, I do lose some weight, but after some time I gain even more. In addition, when I eat little, I start to have a strong headache…

  • Hi, peacherry. I guess you should find a good specialist to consult. I would also advise you to stop eating too much sweets and bakery. You may also try to do regular physical exercises to feel better. I would also like to ask you why you’ve chosen this clinic. As far as I know, Ukraine isn’t the best place to go for a treatment at present. The country is at war. Are you really sure that it’s safe to go there?

  • The clinic I’m going to deal with is situated in Kiev, the capital city. I googled some information about it and it seems to be rather peaceful. The main reason why I’ve chosen this clinic is that they have good fertility specialists. They even helped 66-year-old woman get pregnant and give birth to twins. I have a tough PCOS. My ovaries don’t produce eggs so I need to donate one to become pregnant. Biotexcom can help me with this, but I don’t like the way they meet their patients. I don’t think the things should be done like this.

  • It’s quite obvious that both infertile women and egg donors deserve the best from the best. I’ve also read some feedbacks about biotexcom. It seems to be a respectable clinic. But I can’t understand why they aren’t able to organize their work properly. At least, they might appoint exact time to accept their patients. Don’t you think so? And what do they say about payments? Are they going to charge any additional fees from you?

    P.S. I know that some fertility clinic like to do so. My close friend contacted Spanish clinic and they charged her really much for various additional medical tests.

  • No, I don’t think that they’ll do this. At least, I’ve read in the contract which we have to sign up that the clinic charges only a fixed sum of money. Our program manager also explained us that the fixed sum is divided into several installments. We may pay it either in cash or with the help of a bank transfer. No additional fees are charged. However, if we sign up a contract, we won’t be able to quit it without a money loss. Even if the program hasn’t started yet, we’ll have to pay some money if we want to quit their services.

  • Peacherry, I would also like to get to know how they’re going to find an appropriate donor for you. I don’t think it’s possible to do this. All people who live on the planet Earth are unique. Even twins have some differences. Don’t you think so? In addition, you’re going to get an egg donation in a foreign country. Have you thought about these things?

  • Yes, I’ve thought about it. Before going to Ukraine for the first time, we’ve passed the clinic’s representatives a short description of the woman whom we think to become an ideal donor for us. When we visited the clinic, the clinic’s representatives told us that they’ll use a special computer software to find an appropriate donor for us. If we sign up a contract with them, we’ll be able to see the donor’s photo. I understand that it’s quite difficult to find a woman who’ll resemble me greatly, and the baby won’t be genetically mine. But he’ll be my hubby’s baby. I’ll love him with all my heart!!!

  • The things you’ve written about this clinic sound ok. Maybe, they are able to serve their patients well. Who knows??? I would also like to ask you what kind of eggs are you going to use in your ED program.

    Will it be fresh or frozen eggs? I know that fresh eggs are more effective than frozen ones. I wish you good luck, dear!

  • We’re going to use fresh eggs. When we sign up a contract with the clinic, the doctors will determine the date of our second visit to Ukraine. Before this they’ll study my menstrual cycle and the donor’s one. I’ll have to take birth control pills to synchronize my cycle with the donor’s one. When we come to the clinic for the second time, my hubby’s sperm will be picked up and the donor’s eggs will be fertilized. Three embryos will be transferred into my uterus. I’ll take some hormone medicines to support the possible pregnancy. In two weeks, the first pregnancy test is to be done.

  • Hi, girls. Just decided to write here to find some advice. I plan to do an ED soon and want to enhance my chances to conceive. I want to try some vitamins. I also plan to eat healthier food and do some fitness. Did you do anything to enhance your chances to conceive during IVF with a donor egg? Please share your experience!!!

  • Hi, dear! I wouldn’t recommend you do anything without consulting a doctor. He is the one who would decide what kind of medicines you need. I think both your husband and you will make certain medical tests. It’s vital to do this to understand whether your egg donation procedure will be successful or not.

    P.S. Both my hubby and I had to do some tests. I’ve passed some blood tests and hormone tests. I did some ultrasound checks. My hubby had to test his sperm.

  • Ok, dear… I think I shouldn’t hurry up with taking vitamins. I followed your advice and visited a fertility specialist several days ago. He gave me the entire list of tests to do. I plan to start doing tests in several weeks. My first test will be a hormone test. Hun, will you visit Biotexcom one more time? Please, share your updates…

  • To tell the truth, we haven’t decided yet what to do further. At least, the clinic’s representatives phoned us several weeks ago and asked whether we’re going to sign up a contract with them or not. My hubby told them about the things we really disliked about this clinic. The client manager apologized and told us the clinic is sometimes really overcrowded with the patients. The plan to open three more offices in Kiev to serve the clients better. If we come to Kiev one more time, they would appoint a new manager for our program. She would do all her best to organize our visits to the clinic properly.

  • Hi! I was in Kiev several weeks ago and contacted Biotexcom. The clinic wasn’t overcrowded and our program manager told us when exactly the fertility specialist was ready to meet us. So we came to the clinic (to be exact, the driver took us to the clinic) and we met the specialist. An interpreter helped us to communicate with the doctor. We’ve signed up a contract with them and next month we’ll come for an embryo transfer. I think you should try their service as the clinic seems to be really ok.

  • I think we would try this clinic one more time. ED in the UK is too expensive for us. We can’t afford it now… However, we want to become parents so much!!!! Ukraine seems to be a very favorable variant. We decided to visit Biotexcom next month. We’ll see how the things are done there…

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