Hello! I'm new to this forum and new to ivf, and just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you for sharing your experiences. It has helped a lot to have more information about the process especially about Primary IVF and provided a lot of reassurance!
I'm similarly happy to share my experience if it helps anyone. I found the initial appointments tricky because my husband works away from home, but I found the doctors supportive of helping to schedule appointments so he can fit them in when he's back. Our first appointment with the GP in Sydney was in September, then tests in Sept and Oct, and we saw the GP individually about the results, but had to wait until November to see the specialist for results as that's when my husband was back. It felt like an age!
Then had to wait until early December (had to be during first 10 days of cycle) to have another ultrasound to investigate polyps (frustrating delay but when I look back the time passed very quickly). The place Primary IVF referred me for the procedure called a hycosy (in St Leonard's) was very good, the doctors were lovely, and it didn't hurt at all, just some cramps in the last few seconds and then they ended the procedure immediately (cost $550).
I have to have surgery to have the polyps removed as they can prevent the embryo from implanting and I was worried that it might take months on a public hospital waiting list (I don't have private health insurance) but at the end of December the specialist confirmed that I can start IVF this month (Jan), they will do the egg collection and then freeze the embryos, which will save time rather than waiting for the surgery. I was very pleased with the FS suggesting that.
Also the waiting list at the public hospital is very long to have surgery, even to get a gynaecologist appointment. Apparently it can take 6 months to a year! They don't prioritise you if it's IVF. But I went back to my local GP and she referred me to a private gynaecologist, who I saw yesterday (cost $225 with about $70 rebated by Medicare) and he's referred me for surgery in mid February, so that's not far off, just have to wait for the hospital to confirm the date of surgery. Apparently it's a simple procedure and just takes half an hour under general anaesthetic.
I'm not sure how long I'll need to wait after the polyp removal surgery for the embryo transfer yet... It could be quick or they may want me to wait a cycle or two for recovery time.
I started the injections yesterday (puregon 150) and my hand was shaking but it was OK. Reading all your tips and watching several YouTube videos of administering injections paid off! Also when I saw the nurse for the briefing just before Christmas, I told her that I was worried about the injections, and she said that puregon didn't hurt at all. Because it has a very fine needle. I believed her because I remember having immunisations before that didn't hurt because the needle was so fine. I still worried though! The other good thing she said was that it is only 2 mins out of your day. And you can do anything for two weeks! Got to focus on the positive thoughts!
In the event I was more worried about assembling the puregon injection. But I found the step by step instructions that came with the puregon pen is very good. Just had two moments of fear. One when I couldn't get the inside needle cap off. It took 3 seconds probably but felt like a long time! And the other when I started to inject and the medication dosage dial went down, and I worried I'd dialed it down until I realized it was OK, it was just going down because the medication is going in! It's good to have one injection done!!! Good sense of achievement after first injection and I won't be worried about the next one!
Hope this helps someone and thanks again for sharing your experiences!