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    Default Timing a FET after successful IVF baby

    I'm writing this partially for advice/your experiences and partially just to vent a little!

    I was very lucky and gave birth to my daughter after a successful IVF round 6 months ago. For many reasons, my husband and I would like to space our children close together. We only have one frozen embryo, so in the event it doesn't thaw or isn't transferred successfully, it may take a while for us to conceive again.

    My cycles have returned so I contacted my fertility specialist and asked when would the earliest time we could consider a FET be... I was thinking of doing one when my daughter was around ten months.

    He said when my daughter is 18 months he'll consider it even though I had a very healthy pregnancy and vaginal delivery. This is very frustrating to me as other couples with no fertility issues are able to space their children however they choose (or at least try to). So basically I have no rights to decide what happens to my own frozen embryo? Is their some kind of policy at IVF Australia that dictates that a mother has to be x amount of months post partum to do a FET? Or should I consider changing doctors??

    Maybe I'm just being silly and should listen to my doctors advice but I'd like to hear others experiences! Thank you!

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    Hi @Sultana I don't have a huge amount of experience, am just going to EPU for first cycle, but unless there's some specific medical reason I don't see why you have to wait that long.

    My FS spoke about 'probably' wanting to wait a year after a succesful delivery but wasn't directive... Did u have a c-section? That might partly explain his timeframe?

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    Weird. I had an IVF pregnancy and my FS was willing to see me when Bub was 9m/o. We didn't start straight away. I had my first FET when Bub was 12 months old. It took a few goes but I fell pregnant on my 3rd FET when Bub was 18 m/o.

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    Unless there are any medical reasons I don't think your FS has any say in when you return. Things that I can maybe understand would be you would still be breastfeeding, or perhaps your BMI could be too high, or you had a very difficult pregnancy/birth and you need time to recover.

    We saw our fs when ds (ivf baby) was 6 months. We know how long these things can take and we didn't want to risk another 5 years of trying to succeed. Ds has just turned 1 and I'm 3 months pregnant with a fet.

    I'd be asking why? If he has reasons you are happy with, by all means wait but if it's just due to his personal opinion, I'd be transferring my embryo to a different clinic. Shop around, find a dr you are happy with.

    Good luck!

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    I saw my FS when my daughter ( conceived through IVF ) was 5 months old and he happily booked me in for a FET. We also wanted our kids close together. It took until my daughter was 12 months old for us to conceived no2. So they are 21 months apart. Good luck

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    Hmmm interesting. My IVF DD is 13 months & we have a FS appt tomorrow to get the ball rolling for a FET. I can't see any reason why they wouldn't go ahead if there are no health reasons?
    I'll let you know how we go!

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    My DD is almost 9 mths and we have an appt for a FET at the end of the month. We're probably going to wait but that's our choice, they're happy to see us!

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    We went back to see our FS the day after our IVF DS turned 1. We did a FET on my next cycle and now have a 22 mo and a 7 week old! My FS told me he likes women to wait about a year and at least 3 months from finishing BF before starting again especially if using hormones.

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    I have found that IVF Australia, or at least the FS I have dealt with through them, have vastly different time frames than other clinics.

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    I went back to my FS at IVFA 6 months after my baby was born and she said we were right to go ahead with a transfer whenever we wanted. Maybe consider changing dr or question them as to why?


 

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