From reading through the threads there seems to be alot of newbies starting out on this rollercoaster ride. I've been thinking, maybe a thread like this might help them with information of what they may experience.
Any hints, tips, advice or suggestions you can think of that would help (especially those that have been doing this a while) I believe might be of some assistance to them. Just whatever you think of, add it to the list. I have noted down some of my own thoughts, but am getting too tired to think straight.
- This journey will be hard, try to be as prepared and informed as possible in the beginning.
- It is unlikely you will get pregnant from your first cycle. Yes it does happen for some but it is not very common.
- You will face injections throughout your cycle. Discuss with your partner and FS/FN the best way to deal with this especially if you are needlephobic.
- Icing or using Emla cream beforehand does help to numb the injection site first, it can help.
- The 2WW will cause so many different emotions and the drugs will contribute to this.
- Having a support network does help, be it BH, family, friends or all 3.
- Not everyone in real life will understand what you are going through unless they have been through IVF themselves. Unfortunately they will sometimes say things that don't help. Acknowledge this beforehand and try and have mechanisms in place to help you cope.
- Have an idea in place of how long you think you will do this journey for. Maybe even think about a what you will do and how you will cope if you are unsuccessful on your journey.
- Know that as long as we have this science of IVF, there is hope.