Hi kristy, welcome and hope your first cycle is a BFP! Make sure to join the IVF two week wait groups too on Bubhub, that way you'll have people at the same stage as you- very handy
So many tips for different stages of the process! From top of my head- here are a few:
-drink protein drinks post egg pick up
-dont wear nail polish at EPU procedure
-google ivf acronyms, will make these forums much easier to follow
-Eat pineapple core around transfer time
-if you're heading towards OHSS, ask your FS not to have a fresh transfer as you'll feel horrible and it gets much worse if u do get a BFP then. My body just was too unwell but they still proceded with transfer- needless to say my body rejected it as was sick so you'll lose a blasty.
-We dont share our ivf journey with any friends- people are inconsiderate and dont have an idea what you're going through. Use these forums for venting!
-be prepared to go to the clinic lots of times prior to EPU and possibly transfer and also to have to take unexpected leave at short notice if you're not feeling well
-swop your arms each time for bloods, you're going to have lots drawn and better to share the load between two arms
hope this helps!
Those are some great tips thanks Chachacha does anyone have any tips to increase DH's sperm? I know its a long shot but hoping we can improve it enough for FS to say we have an alternative!!
You're welcome wishnhope! My DH drinks menevite or any similar multivitamins, we believe it has made a difference in the quality and numbers. Of course being in shape (not overweight), not smoking and healthy drinking (alcohol) habits are crucial too.
Try Maca powder for DH. It helps improve motility and count. You can get it as a powder for smoothies etc or as tablets from natural food stores.
Thanks Chachacha Menevit (had been for a few months before the SA) so I'm assuming its not making a huge difference OR his sperm count was much lower before!! DH is definitely not overweight and doesn't smoke either, so we're pretty much on track there and he has promised to cut down the drinking (only weekend drinks) but it will be difficult with friend events and keeping this all quiet.
I'll definitely try the Maca Kel Ive read a few reviews that Maca can help
Yes the menevit doesnt make it from a zero to a hero, but it certainly improved it but when u get ICSI you should be okay
Thanks heaps for your posts!
Caketin - I am currently seeing Dr Jequier. She seems nice and has quite a bit of experience. The nurse we had was Stacey and she was the nicest person, she just made our appointment so much easier! Has anyone else on here used Dr Jequier? She has put me on an Antagonist Cycle. I dont think i have ever wanted to get AF so bad lol
Chachacha - Wow thanks so much for all those tips, i would have never have though to change arms when i did the blood tests. Im glad i have 2 weeks before AF starts, especially to get my head around it all. I thought i had done a lot of research but now its happening i feel unprepared.
We have decided to tell people. The first reason being i do FIFO and work in an office up north... Pretty hard to get to appointments, so i have had to tell my boss so i can work in Perth for a few weeks for the first cycle. The second is i dont want to hide it. I am proud that we have made the decision to do IVF. Im sure people will say stupid hurtful things when they dont think but i am hoping that the extra support will out weight the silly people.
I am really looking forward to getting to know you ladies on our ivf journy
Hey kristy, I'm FIFO too and be prepared to take a bit of time off work. I've had to spend the last 4 weeks in Perth!! Can be hard especially if ur cycle goes longer. Good luck!! Hope everything goes smoothly
Oh and we have told people and noone has said anything bad (even the ones I thought would) everyone has been very supportive
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