Thanks @Billie2. Even with fluffy pillows those embies aren't burrowing in..haha..hope it's different this time round
Just signed up after skimming thru the latest posts re: Primary IVF
Still trying to get my head around what you all mean with your terminologies & abbreviations re: IVF progresses & experiences
- Had initial consultation with GP & advised to have blood, urine & sperm test
- Done my 2 x blood tests & urine. Waiting for my partner to do his tests
- Have to book appointment back with Primary re: results
Just wanted to know how many steps/procedures follow afterwards?
I've read alot about IVF & spoken with a specialist at Genea...but it seems like I'm not fully aware/understand exactly what's involved
I was under the impression that it would be a process of putting my partner's sperm & my eggs together, then stick it in me to see if my pregnancy succeeds?...but from the time period of all your posts, it seems like a long process we have to undergo filled with negatives/positives
Have you all succeeded with pregnancy or still going thru the IVF process?
Just wondered what financial cost I'm looking at & how much time off I'd need from work approximately
Any advice would be appreciated
Congratulations @Billie2 and @Loz83
I got a phone call tonight to go see my doctor about my pap smear result although I'm pretty sure the nurse who did it did not do it properly. Hopefully I just have to do another tomorrow and all will be good. @AnneFSL I am pretty new here too. I did pick up pretty quickly on the abbreviations. This group of ladies are fantastic for advice.
Welcome @AnneFSL to the group
After you and ur hubby has done all the BT and sperm analysis, the only step that's left is another GP apptment and then the apptment with the FS who will work out the type of plan you'll be on based on ur result, eg type of stimming meds, type of antagonist ( stop u from ovulating), the type of trigger ( to get u to ovulate) and finally the type of progesterone support u need to be on ( Crinone is usually given for ur first cycle after ur eggs are picked up).
You officially start at cycle day 2 or 3 (cd2 or 3) of ur period.
You will be stimming (jabbing) for about 9-10 days ( cost is about $160 for all meds) trigger, you will have BT and Scan monitoring every 2nd day ( this is when u may need to take some time off depending on the time of ur scan)..then ur eggs gets collected 36 hrs after the trigger at the Day Surgery in Darlinghurst ( cost is $600, cheaper if u have PHI). You need a full day off work for this and the following day to recover if u can. They will tell u on the day how many eggs get collected, call the nxt morning how many fertilised. Depending on how many eggs, and the quality and quantity of the sperm, they will do IVF or ICSI. (No price difference).
The night before the transfer you will be instructed to start ur progesterone.
You go back to have ur embryos put back 3 days or 5 days after ur transfer.
And then the dreaded 2 week wait (tww) begins.
Overall you're looking at about $900-ish.
Not all of us have succeeded, but there are alot of us here who are pregnant because of Primary.
Just be realistic that it may not work the first time. But if your 'problem' is simple, you may be one of the lucky few that it does work straight away.
For me, coming into this process, I thought because i already have a son, that it would be easier but nope, after 3 transfers.. it's not easy- emotionally.
All the best with the BT and GP apptment, I really do hope you stick around. The ladies in here are fab-u-lous! Great support and a fountain of information
Sorry for the long @** post
@AnneFSL Welcome. Im taking from your questions you haven't been exposed to IVF before. I had alot of friends go through this before me, so I knew what to expect. I depends why you are doing IVF. Mine was male factor and age, and long term ttc (trying to conceive), 7+yrs. My current cycle cost us a total out of pocket of $190, thats with all medications and day surgery, but I am in a health fund so it covered 100% of day surgery (usually $600). If you lool at the website for Primary, their little chart of the process is spot on.
What Ive learnt is that IVF is not always a simple answer, it does not always work. Its just a better chance at becoming a parent. For some it work first go, others are up on multiple cycles. Once your tests are complete & you have met with the FS (fertility specialist) you can start a cycle. Once this happens you will find things progress super quick.
Let me put it into perspective. I had my FS appointment on the 23rd June (Game 1 of State of Origin), by Game 3 of State of Origin my eggs were already collected. I had my ET (embryo transfer yesterday) and now PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise). If you do not follow rugby league then disregard what I just said!
Day 1 of your period - blood test.
Day 2/3 - start your FSH (follicle stimulation hormone) injections. You inject yourself in your belly at night.
Day 5/8 - start your antagonist injection to stop early ovulation.
Meanwhile you are monitored by internal scans and BT (blood test).
Between day 10-14 you will go in for day surgery & be completely knocked out (love it) and the FS will collect your eggs. Your husband will provide his sample in the rude tube room at the lab at the same location. Then they will put both together and hopefully you end up with some embryos for transfer back into you within 2-5 days. Then you wait till you find out if your preg or not.
Sorry if that was a bit basic. Research blogs etc to find out more about IVF in general. Things can go wrong at any stage. So its an emotional ride. But be positive. If you are young, your eggs will be better quality and you are already ahead. Its not easy. But its good to have a support network like on here.
Best of luck!
@Mimimoo 1 more sleep.
@Keedy11 hope its what you said and just have it re-done! Not a good call to receive.
@Cassidy any answers? When are you seeing FS?
@MrsSingh how are you going in prep for next battle on here?
@Lilpingu how are you going? Hope you are ok and looking after yourself.
@LillyM when if your WTF appt? Considering a longer break or straight back in the ring in Aug?
@hopefulangel1987 how is your sleep going? Id say eat cherries but they arent in season. Read before bed? Or some sleepy tea before bed? Not sure it would do much but the combo of alot of things will. Thats the benefit of stimming, the drugs knock me out. Im always tired.
@tjuls you don't live far from me you know so I might insist on you making that cake.... My son would lose his mind if he had a star wars cake. Ive paid $250 for a minecraft cake, yours was better than that!
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