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Friday, November 26th 2010, 10:08pm

Prescriptions from clinics abroad

Hi!
We are a lucky couple who benefited from embryo donation and are now expecting twins. This was a road, long of 6 years, but the fact I am pregnant is still hard to believe. I am enjoying every sickness and weird pregnancy related little drama as it confirms that I am not making it up.
I had to have this fertility cycle in Spain as the waiting lists for embryo donation are so long in |England that our local clinic have closed the lists for now.
Getting prescriptions has been very hard prior the transfer and I stocked up on a lot when I went for the transfer.

I went to the women s hospital yesterday in England and asked if they could help me to renew my prescription. They said that my GP was to issue prescriptions until 17 weeks.
I had the chance to get an appointment tonight during which I was told that the presciption from my Spanish clinic should not be followed as they advise to take take aspirin, hormone patches and pessaries. He said tha it was useless and potentially hamful to the babies, leaving me to abruptly stop all treatment overnight. My clinic in spain has a protocal during which i would decrease the doses, before stopping at 12 weeks. I am at 7 , just.
I bled a bit last week and i asked the nurse at EPAU if it could be due to the pessaries and what I could do about it and she said that they sustained the pregnancy....
So what next?
Has anyone stopped them overnight and then what happened?
If you have gone through IVF/donor cycle ABROAD, did you have a treatment and how did you manage to get the prescription? My Spanish one is not valid here:{

Thanks for your suggestions

Lizzie

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Saturday, November 27th 2010, 4:21am

Hi Lizzie,
I can't help re practical suggestions in getting the prescription I'm afraid, other than that you could speak to a different GP.

However my understanding was that with a donor cycle it is important to keep taking the meds. With my medicated FET which I guess would be most similar to a donor cycle, I too was on HRT and pessaries. The progesterone pessaries may not matter so much as yourbody is probably producing progesterone itself (I had a luteal cyst seen on scan at 7 weeks which would have been producing progesterone so your body often does do what is right if you see what I mean). I was led to believe though that the HRT had to be taken through the first tri and I understand from some ladies on here that with donor cycles you take the HRT for longer.

It seems insane that a GP would presume to know better than a clinic that specialise in fertility treatment!

Could you throw yourself on the mercy of A and E tomorrow? It's not the right place to go I know, but at least there will be doctors there who can write a script for you.

The aspirin you can get from Boots anyway but the hormone meds seem more important.

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Saturday, November 27th 2010, 11:53am

Hi honey,

Sorry you're going through this distress. I had a donor cycle in Greece and got all repeat meds from a pharmacy in Athens, who my clinic recommended. I emailed them with my request and they couriered the meds out to me. Could you get in touch with your Spanish clinic and ask them to courier you what you need. I'm shocked that your GP suggested stopping everything, I know I took steroids for 10 weeks, progesterone for 14 (I think) and baby aspirin until close to the birth. When I needed something on very short notice, my GP wrote me a private prescription (quite expensive) for it which I collected from Boots - so GPs can issue scripts for the meds, just it seems like yours is unaware of current protocol. Your meds sound exactly correct (based on my memory of what Gracie took when she cycled with IM Barcelona.) It might be worth dropping her a line to ask whether she brought all meds back from Spain with her, or if she got some here. I seem to remember her Drs providing her with the pessaries, but my recollection is shaky.

It might also be an idea to contact your local fertility clinic and explain your circumstances. I see no reason why they couldn't at least give you some progesterone to see you through the next few weeks. Please let us know how you get on and many, many congratulations on your wonderful pregnancy! [zx127] xxx


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Saturday, November 27th 2010, 8:22pm

Dear Ruthie and Scarlett
[zx050] sooo much for responding to me message. It reassured me and gave me great tips.
I was really scared about the consequence of this sudden stop.
I emailed the first fertility consultant that we had, some 5 years back and he emailed back a few hours later, advising to follow the protocol given by my Spanish clinic. I will get a prescription on Monday morning. The first time I met him, I thought, he must have the most fabulous job ever...creating life when every thing else failed. Easy to be big headed . He is everything BUT big headed: he is understanding, helpful and down to earth. Lucky to have net him on our fertility path.

What I have started to realise though, is that I am being asked to justify my choices by some members of the medical profession. As if going abroad for fertility treatment was betraying the British system, and or i decided to go to a sunny place and by the way had fertility treatment.

Enough of moaning, I am pregnant with twins, have most loving DH and understanding family and friends, I have the support from great ladies like you who take the time to support , reassure and advice, I also have the smoothest skin and shiniest hair ( thank you hormones).

Wishing you a fab week end
[zx068]

Lizzie XXXX

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Saturday, November 27th 2010, 11:23pm

Hi Lizzie,
I hope you continue to hav esuch a lovely pregnancy with your smooth skin, beautiful hair and nice, reasuring sickness. FWIW, I think your GP is well out of his depth. I think you ought to go with what your clinic prescribes. There is a reliable internet pharmacist I recommend at www.travelpharm.com (not an FZ endorsed link) I don't know if they will dispense from a prescription not issued in the UK though. If you have enough drugs until the middle of next week, I may be able to find a source who will issue on a non UK prescription. I can't access the site I need from home.

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Monday, November 29th 2010, 8:00am

Had a thought Lizzie, could you approach your nearest private fertility hospital and see if they will issue your drugs?

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Saturday, December 4th 2010, 7:54pm

Hi Mrs Jasper

Apologies for my very late reply..looks like the the twins are taking me to hibernation land.
I now have a bulging pharmacy bag with all the things that I need, thanks to a fertility consultant who endorsed the Spanish clinic drugs. He has been great .

Thank you for your advice and most generous offer to help me!
I hope you are well and are enjoying much christmassyness this week end.

Lizziexxx

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Saturday, December 4th 2010, 10:05pm

That's great news.




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