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I need to know about IVF...my drugs are being delivered tomorrow and I haven't a fecking clue

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KoolAidKid Thu 28-Jul-11 23:03:38

I have NO IDEA about any of this. Honestly. Apart from the basics, which the consultant talked me through, which was something like

"we will give you drugs to produce lots of eggs and then we will knock you out and collect the eggs through your fanjo and then mix them with DHs sperm and make an embryo (hopefully more than one). And then put them in the oven and when they're ready we'll shove them back inside you. through your fanjo"

This is all I know. I'll admit I've been deliberately burying my head in the sand about it all though.

But I think now is the time has come to face reality. So would anyone care to share their experiences?

I'd like to know about all about the drugs - the types, how you take them, how often, side effects...

How many appointments you need. How much time off work I may need.

Er what will happen to my body. What will happen to my mind

Just EVERYTHING. Honestly no detail is too small or too trivial. I'd be really grateful.

worraliberty Thu 28-Jul-11 23:11:08

Really just go back and speak to the experts and listen this time.

Asking random strangers on the internet what's going to happen to your body and mind isn't particularly helpful is it? No-one knows the answer to that here.

Again..if you want to know about the drugs, how to take them, how often and what the side effects will be, please ask the medical experts

Oh and good luck

pineapple70 Thu 28-Jul-11 23:13:50

That doesn't sound too helpful. You'll get excellent advice and support on the Fertility Friends forum. There are sections for different providers and cycles.
Best of luck to you!!!

Mare11bp Thu 28-Jul-11 23:14:50

Bit harsh worra this is new to OP and she would get a wide variety of experiences on this forum.

pineapple70 Thu 28-Jul-11 23:15:56

I was referring to the Dr not sounding helpful, not worraliberty!
grin

worraliberty Thu 28-Jul-11 23:16:42

I don't think it's harsh at all

Starting a thread like this as she's just about to enter into something so massive in her life, is (or can certainly be) akin to Googling illness symptoms.

At best it's likely to be misleading and at worst it could scare the shit out of her.

worraliberty Thu 28-Jul-11 23:17:06

Pineapple grin

BagofHolly Thu 28-Jul-11 23:17:12

What Worral said. The doses are usually all different depending on each drug and each woman, as are the side effects.
Your summary of what happens is about right. Just do exactly what your clinic says. Good luck.

KoolAidKid Thu 28-Jul-11 23:17:58

I was hoping someone who'd actually had IVF would share their experiences with me. I find the experts don't know everything as in general, they've not actually experienced themselves. It's like asking a male doctor to describe childbirth. They can describe it from a medical POV, but they don't actually know what it's like do they?

TheNightNurse Thu 28-Jul-11 23:19:59

Hi, I did the same with my first cycle.
A good place to look it the CARE website bulletin board. It's public and you'll find answers to pretty much any questions you have.
But, basically - down regging (I had Buserilin injections) takes about two weeks, then about the same for stimming (I had Menopur injections) depending on how you respond (you have scans about every other day to check progress). It all takes about 8 weeks from your day 1.
I didn't take much time off - just about a week from egg collection day but it depends how strenuous your work is.
Hope this helps.

GreenEyesandHam Thu 28-Jul-11 23:20:21

I don't think Worra was being harsh, this is serious stuff and the OP needs to know what's what from her own practitioner.

I'm sure hearing other people's experiences would be really helpful though.

Very very good luck with it OP, everything crossed that it works for you.

worraliberty Thu 28-Jul-11 23:21:04

I do understand that OP but this part in particular worries me....*I'd like to know about all about the drugs - the types, how you take them, how often, side effects*

Just remember a lot of what you read on internet forums should be taken with a pinch of salt smile

TheNightNurse Thu 28-Jul-11 23:21:30

P.S I didn't find it too bad. Some hot flushes/feeling a bit flakey and some sleep disturbance. The progesterone pessaries that you use twice a day from egg transfer are a REAL treat though...

KoolAidKid Thu 28-Jul-11 23:22:36

No the doctor wasn't very helpful TBH, he didn't go into much detail. I do have an appointment to discuss the drug regime next week.

I want to know about the other stuff though - possible side effects? Time off work? How much prodding and poking? Will I be crying in the loo at work? Will it fuck with my miiiiiiinnnnnnd man?

TheNightNurse Thu 28-Jul-11 23:23:31

Am I talking to myself...

KoolAidKid Thu 28-Jul-11 23:24:22

Pessaries? Up your bum? You see I did not know this!

TheNightNurse Thu 28-Jul-11 23:25:11

Up yer fanny! Made me proper suicidal. The rest was ok though. As long as you're ok with dildo-cam...

KoolAidKid Thu 28-Jul-11 23:27:26

Thanks nightnurse your post has been very helpful. I'm googling that CARE website now.

TheNightNurse Thu 28-Jul-11 23:27:47

Oh and I did do a tiny bit of crying at work when someone shouted at me...

KoolAidKid Thu 28-Jul-11 23:29:13

Up yer fanny? No way shock
I am a pro at dildo cam grin (long gynae history)

TheNightNurse Thu 28-Jul-11 23:30:49

Yeah then it all comes back out so you have to lay down - not great when you're at work!

kim111 Thu 28-Jul-11 23:32:11

I did my pessaries up the bum as found the wax didn't melt out that way.... they said you could do it either way. I had my IVF done on the NHS and they gave me a sick note for the 2 week wait saying "ovarian cyst removal" so I didn't have to take any annual leave. My scans were all done at 7.30am so still got to work on time

GwendolenHarleth Thu 28-Jul-11 23:35:22

It should say on the medicine labels of each drug how often you need to take them, how much, how long for etc. shouldn't it? If not then give them a call in the morning.

KoolAidKid Thu 28-Jul-11 23:38:14

Bum or fanny, I don't know which is worse confused
I'm paying for mine but it's being done at a NHS hospital, it's literally 10 mins drive from my work so very convenient, I hoping I won't have to take much time off at all, if any, but I don't know how realistic this is....

Northernlurker Thu 28-Jul-11 23:42:00

Suppositories go in the bum, pessaries in the fanjo.

I agree with worraliberty tbh. OP there is no way you should be embarking on what is a serious, invasive and potentially very upsetting course of treatemnt with the level of understanding you appear to have at present. Go back and shake your doctors till they explain properly and answer your questions fully.

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