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    Hi,
    My partner and I have just made our first appointments for IUI through QFG.
    Can anyone give us any info about what it is like to see the Psych etc.
    What sort of questions will be asked?
    And what tests need to be done before IUI if you have no known fertility problems?

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    Hi! We've just undergone the same process and are about to start IUI (hopefully this Friday!). 

    QFG have been outstanding. Basically, you have an appointment with your chosen fertility specialist. Ours is Dr Hall (she's lovely!). She did a quick check - asked some questions re cycles and history and did a quick ultrasound on the spot. As everything looked ok, she ordered blood tests and a HSG (type of X-ray). These are standard tests even with no obvious issues present. We didn't have to have the HSG, but it does help to check whether there will be any issues, so we did (and were clear and ready to roll!). We had those done and then made our appointments with QFG to see the nurse, the sperm coordinator and the psychologist. We saw them all on the same day as we are from outside of Brisbane. 

    The nurse was great and very informative. The psych was nothing to worry about - it wasn't a test, but rather a chat about how best to address the issue of donor sperm in raising your child. He really just spoke to us and it wasn't at all like a counselling session or anything. Very easy - which was good as we too were worried about "passing"! Lol!

    Then onto the sperm coordinator who explained the process and then sent profiles to our email for us to choose. This was the hardest part! I will say to get in quick with your choices as we made up our minds over the weekend only to find on Monday morning that our top three were taken, and then, after choosing again, our next top three were taken too!! We finally struck it lucky with our next lot (and bought three amps on the spot). 

    Hope that helps and feel free to ask any other qns that you have! Good luck :-)

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    Hello! We are right at the point that you ladies are at, I wanted to post to say Good Luck and here is some info that we have collected so far on IUI!

    http://conception-inception.blogspot.com/

    I know that as far as tests we have had my partners Follicles checked through ultrasound and will be having a test done to make sure her Fallopian Tubes are wide open tomorrow and to look for an egg in the follicle.

    Hope this helps!

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    Thanks so much for your replies!
    We have been feeling so nervous/anxious/excited all in one!

    Underadifferentsky that was amazingly descriptive and exactly what we needed. We are travelling interstate so we've been worried about how many trips we have to take etc. QFG have been so good in organising appointments for the same day etc though. Wishing you all the luck for your IUI and keep us updated

    OurLesbianPreg thank you guys also and goodluck! We will have our appointment on the 2nd of Feb so will know more as well.

    Thanks again

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    No worries

    We too were worried and anxious prior to going to the clinic. We had heard all sorts of things re how long it would take (forever!) and what would happen. I'm happy to say that all the things we heard were not correct.

    The actual QFG process is really quick. Once you have had the nurse, psych and sperm coordinator visit (and have purchased amps of sperm), you can try on your next cycle (if everything is ok, fertility-wise).

    For us, that was December, but ovulation fell right in the middle of the holiday season, so all the doctors were away. We are hopeful for this week, but yesterday found out that our Doctor is still on holidays (she was supposed to be back but with the flooding etc, isn't yet), so we have transferred to another Doctor for this cycle. The issue being that ovulation will probably be on the weekend, and this Doctor isn't available this weekend!! So, we may have to wait until next month..... It's a bit frustrating when all you want to do is get started!!

    Anyway, feel free to ask any further questions....and we're only to happy to share our experience so far

    Cheers,
    KnA

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    Before we made our appointments we heard that we could be waiting months but we were luckily able to get in on the dates that we were going to be on holidays anyway!
    But you never know when things can change like it has with you guys! At least you have no 'known" problems and can get to it as soon as someones available to do it!

    One question we do have, that hopefuly you know the answer to is what happens before the actual IUI procedure, we heard that on CD5 you have to go for an ultrasound to see how the follicle is growing? For us that means going up to brisbane 10 days or so before I ovulate. Is that what you have been told? Or will you just go in at the actual time of ovulation? I will be ovulating on our first appointment but dont think its practical to get it all done at once lol As much as we would like to

    I know i'll get this answered when we go but gosh its too long to wait!!

    Thanks again

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    Sorry for the long delay in replying - we have been very busy going back and forth to Brisbane plus buying a house! Anyway, I'm sure you have found your answer re your question by now.....

    As an update, we had to change doctors as our previous Dr was still overseas and unavailable when it came time for this cycle. Rather than wait until next cycle (we had already missed out on Dec too due to holidays), we decided to try another Dr for this cycle. We ended up with Dr Hynes. He is incredible. Can't say enough about him. Hilarious man! We love him!

    So, after all of that, we started on this cycle. No drugs, bar an HCG shot to trigger on CD17 which was the 27th Jan (we had been monitored since 20th Jan by 4 sets of bloods and ultrasound and I was ovulating naturally but Dr decided to give the shot for good luck ). We then had IUI on the 28th. So, we are now on day 11 of the LONGEST wait in history!!!!! The first few days after the IUI I was completely exhausted - I don't know whether it was the HCG shot or just plain old tiredness....I also had some cramping and no appetite....but then things just seemed to return to normal. I'm very conscious of evey little twinge in my body - particularly my uterus. It's sort of funny really!

    We did preg tests so from a few day after so we could watch for when the HCG left my system. That happened about last Thursday. Since then, there's been nothing registering. My period was due on Saturday (7th Feb) but didn't show up....I'm now two days late, but still nothing is registering on a HPT. Wondering whether the HCG has just delayed the onset of AF? No idea....

    Anyway, Wednesday is our official HPT day so we'll just see how we go then...I guess the not knowing is the hardest, right? After Friday's test had nothing on it, I convinced myself that we weren't pregnant. But then the lack of period on Saturday has got my hopes up again.....just have to wait and see!

    I hope that your appointment went well melnmar!!! Let us know how you're travelling

    Cheers,
    KnA

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    Hey!
    Busy busy then! Well if AF is late I'd still be keeping my fingers crossed as it sounds good!
    Well we had our appointment last Wednesday, and we found out through the u/s that I have polycistic ovaries. It was confusing because he said I don't have PCOS, as I have no other symptoms and have regular periods and ovulation, but there were cysts. I want to try a natural cycle first and if there's trouble we will look at our options. We've planned to do it in march. Now I'm just trying to eat healthy and not worry about my ovaries. As I'm young (22) everyone keeps telling me I'll be fine. How did u chose your donor? There was like 1 out of the 10 that we would even consider lol just due to age and ethnicity. They're emailing more this week so hopefully we'll find something!
    I have my fingers crossed for you guys and let us know how you go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by underadifferentsky View Post
    We ended up with Dr Hynes. He is incredible. Can't say enough about him. Hilarious man! We love him!

    KnA
    Dr Hynes was our doctor too and helped us fall pregnant with our beautiful baby girl. I can't recommend him highly enough, he was extremely friendly, informative and really made me feel at ease when doing internal scans. He did have some really bad jokes though!!

    Melnmar good luck in March. I really hope everything goes well for you.

    We were lucky when we chose our donor that we had 3 clear favourites. Our no.1 wasn't available however when we bought some amps so we went with our no.2 option. We were unsuccessful in 2 attempts and then decided to change donors. When we got the list of available donors our original no.1 choice was available again and we were successful on the 1st go. Hopefully you find a suitable donor and good luck again for march!!

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    Our dr is Warren de ambrosis, he was excellent with our first appointment. Also picked up endo in my partner and gave us a lot of information. He also had some unsavoury jokes haha but couldn't rate him highly enough.
    Also an update, we're doing this month instead. Chose our second choice as a donor and will be flying to brissy in 8 days! I just had a feeling about February and when I started looking at flights etc it all panned out perfect. Thanks for the well wishes


 

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