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    Telling work can be tricky. When I started at 9am it was pretty rare that I was late from IVF and even then I could blame it on a client meeting with the role I had. Then I got a job with an 8am start which was impossible to make. I told them when we had a cycle coming up that I had to have blood tests for a condition from time to time. Then some "minor surgery" for EPU. I'm lucky now that I have an amazing boss who is with me every step of the way, I can tell her when I have anything I need time off for. She cried when I told her I was pregnant (in a good way), was supportive when I was put on bed rest and was also devastated when I lost bubs. I know, I'm super lucky. It is nice though, after all these years of long hours and extra effort that I am finally getting something back out of work in terms of give and take. Don't get me wrong, I'm still carrying my load. When you tell them you're doing IVF though, you have to be aware that it might come with unintentional (or intentional) career discrimination. I've had enough areas of my life on hold and given up so much to this process that I am unwilling to give this information to someone who may use it against me. Unless you are 100% certain as to how the info will be used, I'd recommend just using a generalist medical excuse (ongoing monitoring of a condition) and surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharlie View Post
    Telling work can be tricky. When I started at 9am it was pretty rare that I was late from IVF and even then I could blame it on a client meeting with the role I had. Then I got a job with an 8am start which was impossible to make. I told them when we had a cycle coming up that I had to have blood tests for a condition from time to time. Then some "minor surgery" for EPU. I'm lucky now that I have an amazing boss who is with me every step of the way, I can tell her when I have anything I need time off for. She cried when I told her I was pregnant (in a good way), was supportive when I was put on bed rest and was also devastated when I lost bubs. I know, I'm super lucky. It is nice though, after all these years of long hours and extra effort that I am finally getting something back out of work in terms of give and take. Don't get me wrong, I'm still carrying my load. When you tell them you're doing IVF though, you have to be aware that it might come with unintentional (or intentional) career discrimination. I've had enough areas of my life on hold and given up so much to this process that I am unwilling to give this information to someone who may use it against me. Unless you are 100% certain as to how the info will be used, I'd recommend just using a generalist medical excuse (ongoing monitoring of a condition) and surgery.
    Hi Sharlie,
    I completely agree that this could be potential career suicide. I like to think I am well respected at my job (medical field) but would never tell my boss. I don't believe she would understand and might even roster me on just for the sake of it. Even if she would be understanding, I don't feel like there is any need for her to know until I am 12 wks plus and I can let her know about maternity leave. I think, people are extremely blessed if they do have a boss that is understanding and respecting and will make these appointments much easier. I have had to take sick leave. Being a shift worker makes it extremely hard and most days I start at 7 am so there isn't any room for early appointments. I have taken Annual leave for when I might potentially have my egg pick up. Hoping those dates align!

    I have only told one work colleague so far and no-one else. It gets very tricky as working in a medical field there is no shame from co-workers asking why you were sick. I guess I just have a lot of migraines lately

    @StillHopeful- I love that your boss is so understanding .

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    I told my boss. He's been really wonderful. I work in quite a large, female dominated workplace and I'm not the first person to have had fertility treatment so in that respect its been really easy. I've also told about 4 other people at work as well that I'm quite close with and while there are some downsides to others knowing, overall it's been quite good for me having them know.
    @StillHopeful, you inject the air bubble, it's to make sure all the solution is injected and you get the whole dose. It's ok to do it as it's a subcutaneous injection and not going into a vein/artery. I think you can't have a big air bubble in the gonal f because you aren't injecting the whole thing at once, if there's a bubble it might stop you from getting the right dose.

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    Yep that's right about the air bubble!

    Had a surprise the morning when I woke up with AF already. Had one more day of the pill to go and normally it takes a few days after that to get AF but definitely too much to be breakthrough bleeding. So I rang the clinic this morning and they are counting today as day 1 - first bloods Tom just to check it all out... Then the craziness starts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Excited1 View Post
    Yep that's right about the air bubble!

    Had a surprise the morning when I woke up with AF already. Had one more day of the pill to go and normally it takes a few days after that to get AF but definitely too much to be breakthrough bleeding. So I rang the clinic this morning and they are counting today as day 1 - first bloods Tom just to check it all out... Then the craziness starts!
    What blood test do you have on cd2?

    Craziness starts for you.

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    @Minib Just to check hormones are all baseline levels. My clinic pretty much always do them if you have had a break!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Excited1 View Post
    Yep that's right about the air bubble!

    Had a surprise the morning when I woke up with AF already. Had one more day of the pill to go and normally it takes a few days after that to get AF but definitely too much to be breakthrough bleeding. So I rang the clinic this morning and they are counting today as day 1 - first bloods Tom just to check it all out... Then the craziness starts!

    Yay! It's all starting for people now! Very exciting times ahead. Let's hope they all end up with positives as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by StillHopeful������ View Post
    @mrsjaguar that sux! I can't believe you're still waiting. Could you have a scan to see its not due to a cyst or something? I had one in feb 2014, ended up having a close to 50 day cycle with a haemorrhagic cyst bleeding into itself. And the whole time I just wanted AF to come so we could keep ttc. Maybe try your gp or FS to investigate? I think they call it amenorrhea.
    @keiko I did have a scan on day 3 of my cycle (prior to starting the pill 5 weeks ago). I assumed it would be external due to having my period but nope, internal..... Safe to say that was the most uncomfortable experience ������
    @Piper01 that's so exciting! Keeping everything crossed.
    @Juzzabelle I have my scan and bloods on Friday also! How exciting ������ hope it's good news for us all.

    One more question with that bloody Olgalutran, do you flick out the air bubble? I did today because it was like half the injection. I did read a forum saying you don't because it pushes the solution through but it didn't sit right with me. The Gonal F booklet says to get rid of large bubbles, but the Olgalutran book doesn't even mention bubbles ������
    Yep all my scans have been internal so far but never with AF. Can't wait for that joyous experience . All in the name of a baby! lol. Should be used to people fumbling around down there by now ha ha .

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    Default IVF/FET in January/February 2015

    Oh I'm More than used to it Keiko, just not on the heaviest day of AF! 😕 hope to not do it again! Lol

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    Still no period here. BUT!

    I did ask my FS if we could do something different for my next FET, since I'm scared the Letrozole isn't working and making me O any more. She's going to do an OI/FET using GonalF and Ovidrel. Since I finished Provera and am waiting around on AF.... I had to rush around madly to get a script for GonalF & then put the order in at a chemist to order it in. The pharmacist reckons he'll have it in by Friday.

    Has anyone ever done a Gonal F/OI ovulation FET before? Do you start the drugs day 2 or 3 of your cycle?

    COME ON AF, we're waiting for you!


 

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