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    Hello to all. I have my first appointment with the gp on 23/6 and I'm not sure what to expect, how soon it will all start.
    I'll be traveling 6 hours so not sure how many trips I will have to do. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you in advanced ☺

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    Hi @Keedy11 it will depend if you're in Sydney or Melbourne as the process is slightly different and takes a little longer in Melbourne.

    Generally don't expect too much from your GP visit. S/he will organise some routine blood tests to be done on Cycle Day 2 and 21 and an internal pelvic ultrasound to be done on cycle days 5-8. They can be done in the same cycle or over a couple if the timing doesn't fall right. If you haven't had one done very recently you will also need to get a Pap smear undertaken. They'll ask you general health and lifestyle questions, how long you've been TTC for etc...

    After you've had all your tests done you'll go back for a follow up GP visit and if everything is in order test wise you'll be referred to a Fertility Specialist appointment. As you are so far away from your clinic, when booking your follow up GP appt ask if you can book your FS appt for the same day (although this seems to only work in Sydney as Melbourne have a different process).

    From there your FS will devise a plan based on your test results etc and talk you through the IVF process...., you'll then have a nurses appt to discuss actual drugs and how to do injections etc... after that as soon as your next cycle starts you'll get a blood test done and hopefully be underway to start stimming!

    That's basically it in a nutshell, in Melbourne you are also required to get Police and Child checks done an attend a mandatory counselling session which can slow the process down dramatically. If you want to get started ASAP you'll need to just roll with whatever appts they have available as they are hard to come by quickly! Your partner will need to attend all the initial appts and egg collection day to provide his sperm sample, he isn't required to be at your stimming scans or transfer if he can't be there with you.

    My process in Melbourne took 4months from first appt to stimming yet if you look @Billie2 in Sydney her journey got underway much quicker!

    Hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by onedaymaybebaby View Post
    Hi @Keedy11 it will depend if you're in Sydney or Melbourne as the process is slightly different and takes a little longer in Melbourne.

    Generally don't expect too much from your GP visit. S/he will organise some routine blood tests to be done on Cycle Day 2 and 21 and an internal pelvic ultrasound to be done on cycle days 5-8. They can be done in the same cycle or over a couple if the timing doesn't fall right. If you haven't had one done very recently you will also need to get a Pap smear undertaken. They'll ask you general health and lifestyle questions, how long you've been TTC for etc...

    After you've had all your tests done you'll go back for a follow up GP visit and if everything is in order test wise you'll be referred to a Fertility Specialist appointment. As you are so far away from your clinic, when booking your follow up GP appt ask if you can book your FS appt for the same day (although this seems to only work in Sydney as Melbourne have a different process).

    From there your FS will devise a plan based on your test results etc and talk you through the IVF process...., you'll then have a nurses appt to discuss actual drugs and how to do injections etc... after that as soon as your next cycle starts you'll get a blood test done and hopefully be underway to start stimming!

    That's basically it in a nutshell, in Melbourne you are also required to get Police and Child checks done an attend a mandatory counselling session which can slow the process down dramatically. If you want to get started ASAP you'll need to just roll with whatever appts they have available as they are hard to come by quickly! Your partner will need to attend all the initial appts and egg collection day to provide his sperm sample, he isn't required to be at your stimming scans or transfer if he can't be there with you.

    My process in Melbourne took 4months from first appt to stimming yet if you look @Billie2 in Sydney her journey got underway much quicker!

    Hope that helps
    Not sure if this is how I reply. First time in one of these boards.
    I'll be going to Sydney as I'm in Coffs Harbour.
    Thank you for your reply.
    I had my tubes tied nearly 8 years ago during a c-section. My current partner and I have been together for 7 years and he has no children of his own. Even though he is an excellent father to my two youngest, I really want to go through this for him.
    I am 37 and he is 39. We were originally planning to get a refersal of my tubes but with research I think this may be better odds.
    Thank you for your reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keedy11 View Post
    Not sure if this is how I reply. First time in one of these boards.
    I'll be going to Sydney as I'm in Coffs Harbour.
    Thank you for your reply.
    I had my tubes tied nearly 8 years ago during a c-section. My current partner and I have been together for 7 years and he has no children of his own. Even though he is an excellent father to my two youngest, I really want to go through this for him.
    I am 37 and he is 39. We were originally planning to get a refersal of my tubes but with research I think this may be better odds.
    Thank you for your reply.
    Cycle as in when my period starts?
    Sorry if TMI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keedy11 View Post
    Cycle as in when my period starts?
    Sorry if TMI
    Yep first day of full flow bleeding is cycle day one. I forgot to mention they will organise a sperm analysis for your partner too!

    Don't worry there is no such thing as TMI in here aye gals

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    Wishing you the very best of luck with your journey @Keedy11! Looking forward to following your updates!

    You've stumbled across an excellent group of ladies in here who are so supportive and knowledgable!! If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask! We all come from different backgrounds and have different experiences and are only too happy to help with info wherever possible

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    Welcome @Keedy11!
    @onedaymaybebaby has got a fantastic summary here! 🏻

    The first GP visit is pretty uneventful. General interview questions and referral for all the necessary blood tests, etc. I remember I saw the GP 3 times before I got referred to FS but I can't remember why. But yes, you can request for the next GP visit ( ie the referral) to be on the same day as the FS appt if you are traveling so far.

    And yes, cycle day (we call CD) is your menstrual cycle. CD 1 being the first day of full blood flow.

    Don't worry about TMI on here, there's never TMI because information is gold!

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    Thank you.
    The lady on the phone had me thinking one gp visit to get a referal to specialist and all test we can do in our home town. And our next trip to Sydney would be the specialist and nurse on same day.
    I have short periods, lucky to get 2 full flow days, I hope that doesn't effect anything.

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    @Keedy11 another member @MissTilly should be able to give advice on scoring all your appts on same day. She too was country and travelled for Primary. I highly recommend going to your GP and getting a Papsmear asap. That takes all the time for results to come back. I was fortunate that I saw the GP on CD4 or 5 and got our BT's done and scan that day after we got the referrals. We were able to kick off a month after our first GP appt. Not that it means anything, we are still on the IVF treadmill.

    AFM - here's a weird one. Does anyone remember their DH being asked how often they shave by the GP? We laughed at the time and didnt connect the dots. We have male factor IF and last round we only had enough sperm to fertilise 5 eggs. Yeah, we had 5 effing swimmers!! But only today DH said he is shaving everyday and was annoyed by it. And then after dtd he mentioned there was heaps there.. (Sorry tmi for a sunday )! So there you go... Somehow it means something. Im just happy its going in our favour with an appt this week.

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    Thank you.
    I'll get a pap smear tomorrow.
    I'm also hoping I can get all medication in Coffs Harbour.
    So should dh shave down there or not lol.
    I'm still learning all the short terms.


 

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