Can I ask you IVF girls a question. Do any of you take time off or are you planning to take time off during your IVF cycles?
This is our third cycle (first one was cancelled just before EPU and the 2nd was a chemical pregnancy) and will be a FET cycle, but my fiancé wants me to think about taking some time off work. I’m a bit hesitant because I just know this can take such a long time, and i could take a couple of months off and still not be pregnant. I’ve been in the same job for a few years now (which i love) and have a very understanding boss who would support me taking some extended paid or unpaid leave. It’s a mainly sit down office job (but with some interstate travel), but I do have to use my brain a lot it can be full on with lots of meetings and is about 8-10 hours in the office a day. For the last 4 months I feel like I’ve either been really nauseous, have a blinding headache or am falling asleep at my desk! Usually by the time i make it home, all i want to do is crash on the couch and i then don’t have the energy to exercise/meditate/relax properly like i wanted to with the IVF. The drugs really seem to give me a lot of side effects. My partner is also fifo and is away a lot, so it takes a lot of extra energy to run our house and pets on my own and I don’t have him around a lot at the moment.
What do you girls rekon? Is it better to take a couple of months off to chill out and do a few FET cycles, or is it better to be at work because it takes your mind off all the waiting and anxiety that comes with IVF. Do all of you work fulltime and fit your IVF around that? Just curious. I just wondered if I’d increase my chances of getting pregnant if i took a month or two off and then had the day’s free for lots of exercise/meditation/chilling out/ acupuncture etc.