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    Heartstrings a lot of us including myself hate needles. I just finished my first icsi cycle today. Had transfer today.The injections are no where near as bad as I was expecting and for me to say that is huge! After the first one I was so surprised that it wasn't that bad. I tried using a icepack on the area to be injected on skin for 5 mins before the needle which my hubby did. It helped so much that at times I dint even know it had been done, I also tried without the ice and it still wasn't that bad though I stuck to the icepack as I found it made a difference. There were times that doing all injections and blood tests and ultrasounds started to get to me, I was tired, emotional ect but I just kept thinking to myself how much my hubby and I wAnted a baby and that how it was worth it I would do anything to have a child. Try keep that in your mind when times get tough.I did a bit of screaming and crying after EPU and transfer, EPU I had a general anesthetic as I am a chicken and did not want to be awake for the procedure . Transfer everyone's different, I found it a little painful but it was over and done with in two mins and once done I had nil pain just excitement that this could turn out to be my first pregnancy and actually have a chance to have a little bubba.
    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    how did you ladies know that you could go through with the whole cycle before you started? To be honest I'm scared that I can't.

    I'm really bad with needles (as in when the nurse showed me the pen thing at the last appointment I'm glad I was sitting down) and I'm extremely concerned about not being able to do the needles. Even if DH does them I'm likely to be on the floor.

    I'm also scared about all the scans and exams I have to have - trans-vaginal ultrasounds etc (never had one before & have a lot of trouble with pap smears). Therefore I'm also terrified about the embryo transfer as my FS doesn't give any pain relief because 'it's not required'. I can guarantee I will embarrass myself by screaming the place down if I don't have pain relief.

    I'm still also concerned about potential effects of the drugs on the baby and myself in the future - everyone at the clinic keeps telling me it's fine but I'm still worried about it.

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    Hun, it's all learning and when you want a baby real bad you will overcome your fears. If you have to lie on ur stomach so u don't see the needle and get hubby to prick ya in the bum with blood tests (there's plenty) you may need to look away too.
    You stop drugs before transfer and any u take during the 2ww are mostly natural (hcg) or there to help/aid like pressaries.
    All things beautiful come from hard work and determination - you will overcome your fears and it will all be worth it!
    May be have some acupuncture prior to big appointments/procedures to relax you too.

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    Oh Bugga may be flag the acupuncture with ya needle phobia and buy a zen difusor from perfect potion!

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    Thanks ladies! Really appreciated!

    Chances, actually I am ok with acupuncture for some reason

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    Another question - how long does the whole process last for?

    I am seriously concerned about my abillity to get the time off work for the procedures etc without an explaination (have a new boss & she is not approachable and I don't wish to tell her).

    Therefore I was considering just taking the entire time off as rec leave - then there is no explaination required. Just not sure if I have enough rec leave.

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    Hmm it depends on what your specialist recommends and I can't for the life of me recall my protocol I was on, but it was the usual that took around 6wks.
    All treatment can be done outside work hrs except for the pick up (1 day off) and transfer (30mins).

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    Thanks chances! I will have to look into it and might give my FS a call.

    I will have to be late for work during the treatments due to the location of the clinic and the time I commence work - I was having trouble figuring out an explaination for this so thought it might just be easier to take the whole time off.

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    My clinic opened at 6am so I was always one of the first lining up for nurses and FS appointments that started from 6:30.

    I only worked a 30min commute away. One lady worked an hr away starting at 8am.
    Hopefully your clinic has good hours.
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    Keep in mind that there is always the chance it won't work first round -- if you take the time off for round #1 and have to try again will you be able to take another chunk of leave?

    The length of the cycle depends on what protocol you're on too -- mine was only 18 days from day 1 of period to transfer.

    Also, working stops you from obsessing about everything else while cycling -- I've now done 2, one while working and one on holidays and while it was nice to be able to go to appointments during the middle of the day, it did leave a bit too much time to overthink everything!!

    Can you tell your boss you have "a medical condition" and will need a few Dr appointments during work time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    Can you tell your boss you have "a medical condition" and will need a few Dr appointments during work time?
    My clinic said they have lots of clients who don't tell work what's going on; you could ask yours if they will give you a certificate with that info about appointments basically written on it. Also if you have a HR department, perhaps you could talk to them instead of your manager and let them help pass on the message? You're not doing anything wrong, remember, and you do have a right to keep details of your medical treatment to yourself.

    I save my leave for when I really need it...and so far I've taken about 6 weeks off over the last year for fertility-related treatment, where only 3 days was for EPU. Hopefully heartstringz your needs will be different, but there are no guarantees in IVF unfortunately. Just bad days and good days, delivered at random intervals! (That's not meant to be depressing by the way, just something to consider about how you can fit this new challenge into your life.)


 

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