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    @KittyDeFleur - i was in the same situation as yourself. The most important thing is to find the best IVF centres that give you the most chance as you are forking out a lot of money, time and going through a lot. Also, the less IVF cycles you go through, the less disruption at work. Once you have a list of these (in melbourne it was Melb IVF and Monash IVF), filter it by clinics that are closest to your work or home. Once you find the most convenient it's not too disruptive. You will need a couple of hours off for the initial consultation and to pick up the drugs and also for Egg Transfer. For this i just said i had a drs appointment or called in sick that day. If you can work from home this would be ideal, last minute oh i need to work from home. You will need 2 days off for Egg Pick Up and recovery. Just say you have surgery booked. If you need more than one IVF cycle just tell your boss they found something that requires a few surgeries. Don't worry they won't ask anymore. As for all the blood tests and OB appointments, try to pick an OB that is close to your work. If your clinic and OB are close to work you can do these over lunch time and the blood tests and ultrasounds are all done very early. So you could go in at 6am if you really want (so just make sure your clinic allows this. The top ones should as they know most of us are working women).

    Goodluck! Once you are in it you will find your routine but i was also worried before i started. It ended up not too bad. Hope this helps! xx

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    I didn't tell my employer anything... I was able to schedule scans / bloods in the morning before work, and scheduled my lap (pre IVF) and egg retrieval on Thursday's so I had the weekend to recover (less time off). I said I was having a minor procedure.

    Though I have a good relationship with my boss, I didn't want to get into this with them.

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    The clinic I went to was great, I could book very early appointments that I could go to on the way to work and still get to work at my usual time.
    I was open about it with my boss though and I found this helped a lot when I had a bad day because he knew not to hassle me.

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    I did bloods and tests before work and took personal leave for EPU (which was luckily on a Friday). Had OHSS, so took the Monday off as well, to recover.

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    I have flexibility for work, unless I am with a customer (which may be local or interstate). In that case I really don't have any opportunity for flexibility.
    We have, up until now, done one cycle on, one off to reduce the stress which is pretty much all from my work and trying to time scans/transfers with work commitments.
    I haven't told my work anything. When I absolutely HAVE to have time off (surgery, transfer) I will say I cannot go to a customer site due to a specialists appointment. I have found taking a cycle off each time helps balance out the times I say I am unavailable.
    This could take a long time and in my line of work having children or even indicating you are trying is career suicide. Once we are pregnant I will tell work and basically be forced to resign after maternity leave, until then I won't be telling anyone anything.

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    I am in a team of less than 15 and work the same hours. We do have ability to use flex although we are limited to only accruing 2 hours a fortnight. I told my boss initially I was having "medical testing" or "medical procedures" and that was fine. When it came to doing IVF instead of SIUI I realised the impact on wrok would be greater so I told her we were doing IVF and she was very supportive and let me accrue more than 2 hours in a fortnight in order to build up a day off for the egg pickup and a day off for transfer.

    Hope whatever you tell your work that they are supportive.


 

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