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    Default RainbowLorikeet

    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!

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    Thanks @RainbowLorikeet it sounds like you have been well looked after. How big was your polyp detected? Just out of curiousity... I had a squizz at my paperwork at scan and thought Id seen that they had identified a polyp on my scan but apparently I must have misread someone else's results as the nurse said my result was fine. Still in the back of my head.

    Best of luck with your cycle. You are the first cycler for 2016 on here! Puregon is fine.. What is your antagonist drug? I am interested to see that no one is on Elonva.. Only Puregon. I might end up the same..?

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    Hi Billie2, thanks for your reply. I handed over the scan results to the gynaecologist yesterday and didn't keep a copy, sorry so I cannot remember the polyp measurements. The FS said one of them by itself wouldn't have been a problem but two together reduce the space for the embryo to implant. I'm sure that whatever they have told you is right or you could ask the FS?

    I'm on orgalutran 250 from sunday, while continuing to take the puregon. I heard that the orgalutran injection hurts more than puregon but I'll use ice, and at least I'll have had some practice by then with puregon injections, and I'm so excited and hopeful that it will work!

    My first monitoring ultrasound is on Monday morning so excited about that. I've got ovridel as the trigger injection. I thought the nurse told me it would be ovridel or lucron but the pharmacist said it may be lucron as well. I'm a bit worried about ohss but am trusting that the doctors are very good and I'll drink lots of water.

    Best of luck to you and all on here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RainbowLorikeet View Post
    Hi Billie2, thanks for your reply. I handed over the scan results to the gynaecologist yesterday and didn't keep a copy, sorry so I cannot remember the polyp measurements. The FS said one of them by itself wouldn't have been a problem but two together reduce the space for the embryo to implant. I'm sure that whatever they have told you is right or you could ask the FS?

    I'm on orgalutran 250 from sunday, while continuing to take the puregon. I heard that the orgalutran injection hurts more than puregon but I'll use ice, and at least I'll have had some practice by then with puregon injections, and I'm so excited and hopeful that it will work!

    My first monitoring ultrasound is on Monday morning so excited about that. I've got ovridel as the trigger injection. I thought the nurse told me it would be ovridel or lucron but the pharmacist said it may be lucron as well. I'm a bit worried about ohss but am trusting that the doctors are very good and I'll drink lots of water.

    Best of luck to you and all on here!
    I was on the same protocol, but had Elonva the first week, then Puregon to supplement. I responded poorly. I wish I had of been on Puregon from the start. Orgalutran is fine. Quick stab then slow injection. Its easier to hold than the pen. Best luck for monday.

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    Yay @RainbowLorikeet! We're twinning with stims & trigger! Same protocol! Woo! Bring on next Wednesday for when I'm hopefully starting and bring on Monday for you for your 1st scan!

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    I just made an appointment ! Excited and nervous they offered me one on Aus day but hubby is working so booked in for first appointment first week of feb made an app ointment for a pap for a few days before so least that will be out of the way.
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    @clucky14 I hope you have made an appt this morning!! I highly recommend having a pap smear between now and first appt. They will want that done as well. May as well get the ball rolling. My first GP appt was 1st Oct, and by 10th Dec I had finished my first cycle if IVF/ICSI. So if you get everything done & dont knock back any appt they offer, you should be able to start Feb/March. In saying that its really busy atm, I couldnt get in to see the FS till 18th Jan.

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    Default Any experiences with Primary Ivf?

    Goodluck @clucky14 and @MissTilly for the early Jan cycle, with @tjuls just after as well. With those cycling together, you may run into each other at appts. @Danymatthew and I did waiting for a pee for our scans, we spoke & we only realised after we chatted on this forum. 😀

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    Welcome @RainbowLorikeet!! It looks like most of us are of will be on the same treatment plan, except I'm on cetrotide except of orgalutran. Tried googling the difference between the two but can't seem to find a difference :/
    Yay for the 1st injection (and 2nd by the time I've posted this ).. .It's reassuring to hear most u ladies find the injections OK.
    Hope u dont have to wait very long for ur FET after ur op.

    Woohoo @clucky14.. Jan will come and go and u will be at apptment b4 u know it!
    I'm exciting there are more ladies joining this thread and sharing their experience!

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    Lol @Billie2.. That is true!!
    My af is due on the 15th so hopefully I will bump into some of u ladies about a week after that..

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    Default RainbowLorikeet

    Thanks! It's so great to know other people are going through the same thing and thank you all for being so welcoming, fingers crossed for us all!!!

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