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    Default Initial consultation advice

    Hi ladies,
    In just over a week we have our first appointment with an IVF specialist.
    Just wondering if you have any advice for some key questions.
    We've been trying for 12 months, but I have one blocked tube and PCOS.
    Hubby's semen analysis came back with normal results.
    I have also had a miscarriage at 11 weeks.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Hey @Spec - sorry you have to join the IVF ride, but all the best for success.

    I would recommend you write down any questions that pop into your head between now and then, because once you get in there all the questions tend to fall out of your brain and get forgotten.

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    Thanks for replying.
    At this point I'm actually excited to start the process, the anxiety and worry will probably kick in once we actually start.
    Great tip, I am notorious for leaving doctors offices without asking questions. I'll definitely make a list and tick them off as we go.
    Best wishes to you as well.

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    Good luck Spec!
    My tip would be to ask as many questions as possible. Do your research and go in there knowing your options, that way you aren't blindsided by anything.
    There is no such thing as too much preparation in my book.

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    Thanks for the advice. It did cross my mind that the doc would think I'm crazy coming in with so many questions and having done so much research. I'm so glad to hear that people that have gone through the process think it's a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec View Post
    Thanks for the advice. It did cross my mind that the doc would think I'm crazy coming in with so many questions and having done so much research. I'm so glad to hear that people that have gone through the process think it's a good idea.
    Oh definitely do your research and ask heaps of questions! You don't want to walk out and think I wish I'd asked more and then have to wait for the next appointment. They'll ask you lots of questions and probably have a plan in mind. Ask about different treatment options, fees, when you can start, how to expedite things, what is plan a, plan b, plan c. When to start meds, when you need to come in for tests. Just ask as much as you can think of before and on the day.
    Write everything down - you will forget what they say during the appt. buy yourself a notebook so you can record everything starting with info from the appt then everything to do with each cycle (start date, meds used and dosage and changes, blood test and scan results, outcomes etc). As I went through 7 cycles and documented every little thing meticulously I had easy access to info about every cycle and could pick up any issues. People may think this is overkill but I just think that no one cares as much about your treatment as you do and unfortunately mistakes happen so I'd rather be in front of things and direct my own care!

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    Thanks so much, everyone has been so supportive 😊
    I understand the process will be different for everyone, but roughly how long did you wait before starting treatment? I don't want to get my hopes up and find its ages.
    It's looking like my new cycle will start a day or two before the appointment (hopefully it won't come at all 😉). I'm assume I'd have to wait at least one more cycle after that?

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    It depends what treatment your specialist wants to go ahead with.
    But so you get an idea, it took me 8 weeks (2 cycles) before everything was set up to start.
    I start stimming tomorrow on a short cycle.
    I think it was pretty quick compared to my expectations.

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    Oh that's exciting. Best wishes to you 😄

    I'm probably pushing my luck, but I'm really hoping to get one cycle in before my husbands work trip in September.

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    Thank you so much!

    I think September is a realistic goal.
    If any tests need to be done just try to get them scheduled as soon as possible.

    I'd advise your specialist as well of your time line.

    Knowing you've been trying for a while they won't want to delay the process any further.


 

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