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    Hi lovely ladies. I'm just after a bit of advice/info for a really very general IVF question I have.

    To give you a bit of background... I am 31, DH is 35 and we have been TTC for baby #1 for 2.5 years. Various tests on both of us concluded everything was fine and no reason for me not being pregnant. In March had a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy and FS excised a small amount of endo I didn't know I had. DH and I have decided to keep trying naturally for a few more months to see if removing endo has helped. We decided to start IVF in July if not preg before then.

    DH just found out he will likely be away for work from July-Sept and we'd really like to have the IVF process started and hopefully first round done before he goes away.

    My question is - how long is the process from deciding to start IVF to doing that first round? I know there might be a lot of variables to consider but just after some general info and wondering how much time to give ourselves?

    Much appreciated ☺️

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    I havent done IVF yet but i have heard (and maybe someone can correct me if Im wrong).. 6-7 weeks is the quickest you can complete a cycle. Keep in mind that before that you will need an initial consultation , referrals and maybe some more tests done.

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    Sorry that you have had a tough time and I have my fingers crossed for you that removing the endo does the trick and you have a BFP soon. In terms of your question, it can also depend on which state you are in. I am in Vic and here we have to do a police check and a child protection check before you can start. It also depends on how busy your fertility specialist is as sometimes you have to wait several weeks to meet with them to plan your cycle. Once all that is done the length of your actual IVF cycle will depend on the type of protocol your fertility specialist has chosen for you. With the shorter cycles you would normally have to wait until your period starts and so depending on where you are in your natural cycle you can sometimes get started a few days after your specialist appointment or sometimes you may have to wait several weeks. Your partner gives his sample on the day of egg collection which in a short cycle might be anywhere from around 10-18 days after you start the cycle. A long cycle protocol takes a few weeks longer. There is the option that your partner could leave frozen sperm before he goes away but I am not sure if this is as effective as fresh sperm. I know that it is hard when you have been waiting so long but I suggest waiting until July to see if you fall on your own and then if not maybe you can get the wheels in motion so everything is in place to start as soon as hubby gets back. There are also some natural supplements you can take to boost your egg quality for ivf and my specialist likes you to ideally take these for three months beforehand so maybe you can use this time to start prepping up. I think you will be adding extra stress to the process if you rush it and then what if something doesn't go to plan and pushes out the timeline. Good luck

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    Hi @ezzd, sorry you've had such a tough time. I was in the same position not too long ago. I think the process can be relatively fast as long as you see a FS in advance and they are aware of your plans, have all the necessary blood work on hand (amh, rubella etc) and have discussed it beforehand.

    For me I had an iui cycle in Feb and knew if it failed then I wanted to do IVF. My period came in late March the nurses managed to squeeze me in to see the doctor the next day even though he was fully booked. I started the drugs the day after that and less than 2 weeks later had my egg pick up (where dh supplied the sample), 5 days later it was transferred then 11 days after had a blood test.

    So all up from giving the go ahead to blood test it was about 4 weeks.

    Hope that helps.

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    Thanks for your help ladies. I might go and have a chat to FS anyway and just see what advice he has. I am in QLD and not sure of the process here. I'll do some more research.

    Thanks again

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    Hi @ezzd I think the suggestion to see FS is best. It really will depend on the protocol, and everyone is different, and every clinic is different. My first round was 5-6 weeks. Had to wait for AF then onto the pill to turn off natural hormones, then stims to turn them back on. In the end my cycle was cancelled the day before I would have triggered. My oestrogen wasn't high enough.
    From there I learnt that in a lot of cases the first cycle is used as a bit of a trial, to see how your body reacts- stimulate enough with out over stimulating.
    This second cycle had me start stims right after AF started which was 8/05 and will hear back today but EPU should be Monday 22/05 so that's only 2 weeks.
    The one thing I wish someone had told me before I started was treat cycle 1 as a trial, if it works great, but if it doesn't you are a bit prepared.
    In the meantime I have everything crossed that you fall naturally beforehand

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    Default Really general IVF question

    Quote Originally Posted by ezzd View Post
    Thanks for your help ladies. I might go and have a chat to FS anyway and just see what advice he has. I am in QLD and not sure of the process here. I'll do some more research.

    Thanks again
    Hi Eddz,
    I'm in Brisbane and we were with Monash IVF but recently changed to primary IVF, the process was depending on hope proactive you are about 6 weeks from first consult to EPU.

    From recent experience as a antagonist cycle:

    First appt is about understanding your situation and obtaining any current test results eg. Basic bloods, scans etc which will be done with a specialist and if none allow a couple of weeks to do them and have them reviewed.

    The following appt was to discuss results and what the your options are.

    Within a few days we had a nurse appt where we discussed medication etc and were given any required blood tests forms for cycle.

    Then you wait for period to begin and have day one bloods and pick up all medications. On that afternoon the nurse rang to tell me when to start injections.
    About 10-12 days later I had more bloods and a scan to measure follicle growth. In the afternoon nurse rang and told me to back in 2 days repeat process.
    When I went back 2 days later they told me egg pick up was in 3 days time.

    Went in did egg p/u and had first transfer 5 days later as we opted for blastocyst. Then had remaining eggies frozen.

    So the process really did go fast although it feels long. Hope that helps abit

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    It depends on the type of cycle you do but from the first day of the cycle until embryo transfer takes between 3-6 weeks.

    If your DH is away he can always freeze and store his sperm ahead of time.

    Why not go to see your FS and get the ball rolling. You will need to have an appointment with the nurse and it can take a week or 2 to get that started.

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    It's all the preliminary stuff that takes time. You have your first appointment, they send you off to have about a billion blood tests, maybe a tracking cycle, you've had a lap so that's a start.
    After all the tests you return to the FS for your results/treatment plan. Then at my clinic you have an ultrasound the cycle before your IVF cycle to get the all clear, then call when period arrives and start meds.
    It really depends on your situation. I had to take estrogen & DHEA for 8 weeks before they started me. We saw the FS in May, got all the tests, took the preliminary drugs July/august (not necessary for everybody!), cycled sept/oct - pregnant end of oct.
    My IVF cycle itself only took 3 weeks: stim for 12 days, egg pick up, embryo transfer then wait for result.
    I would go see the FS now and start getting things moving to get ready for a cycle at the end of the year. Best of luck!

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