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13/03/2015 at 19:37
As some of you will know, the possibility of going straight to IVF instead of trying IUI first was mentioned to me during an introductory session I had at a local fertility section. I have an appointment in 6 weeks with NHS hospital.
My question to you all- is anyone going through IVF at the moment? What are all the tests, procedures of treatment really like?
It would be very useful to hear other people's experiences.....
Thanks in advance.
13/03/2015 at 20:39
I'm not at the moment, but did twice last year. A year ago we were in the midst of our fresh cycle actually. I was terrified and really disappointed to have got to the stage of having IVF, but once there I just got on with it and took everything one step at a time. I was terrified of needles, but after having injected myself 80 times over the two attempts I'm kind of ok with them now! I'd be happy to help in any way I can if you have any questions.
16/03/2015 at 15:51
I suppose my first question is what to expect during initial consultation? Not sure if you are in UK but if you are. Do you get told at this visit if you are eligible for treatment on NHS. If so how long did you have to wait before treatment began or did you go private.
Sorry for all the questions. I'm sure I will have more as time goes on!!
17/03/2015 at 09:56
Here's a brief(ish) summary of our timeline - I can't remember where you're up to in the process, I do stalk the TTCers but memory is failing me a bit just lately!
April 2012 - first saw GP. H sent for SA, I was sent for blood tests.
June 2012 - saw GP to review results. All normal, so referred to fertility consultant at the NHS hospital.
July 2012 - First appointment with fertility consultant. Sent for further tests - 2 x SA for H; ultrasound scan, HSG and further blood tests for me. These took place over the next 3 months.
November 2012 - Review appointment with fertility consultant. All results normal so place in "unexplained" category. As we were under 30 and unexplained, we were told that the NHS wouldn't treat us until we'd been TTC for 3 years. Made appointment for following year.
October 2013 - Still not a sniff of a BFP so went back to fertility consultant. Referred to fertility clinic for treatment.
January 2014 - First appointment at fertility clinic. Scheduled for further blood tests.
Febrary 2014 - Second appointment at fertility clinic. Given the green light to start IVF the following month, and a prescription for the meds.
March 2014 - Began treatment.
If it's your first appointment with a consultant I'd guess first of all you'll be sent for the various tests to determine whether there's an underlying problem that requires addressing. How long it all takes will be determined by the results, age, and the policy in your area. It's frustrating as hell and does feel at times like a constant fobbing off and being forced to wait even longer, but every step taken is a step further forward and a step towards the end goal. Our first appointment at the actual fertility clinic, once we got there, left me feeling very dejected and like it had been a total waste of time - we were basically just asked "are you sure you want to go down the IVF route?" and not given any kind of indication how long that would take. Thankfully from then things started happening really quickly and 8 weeks later I started the injections.
Hope this helps - and ask away with any questions you have. I certainly did when it was me and it was so valuable being able to draw on the experience of others who had been there x
19/03/2015 at 13:01
Hi Hopeful, just wanted to say, although it is daunting (we were referred straight for ivf too), someone on here told me that it is your best chance to have a baby, so actually much better in lots of ways than going through IUI first. It really helped me and gave us the mindset of 'let's get this show on the road!'
ST has given some fab information - all I'd add is that I really didn't find it that bad at all. It was actually loads easier than I'd read about, I just looked after myself, emotionally as well as physically. I think that's the main thing.
19/03/2015 at 15:39
I'm not sure if we will end up having IVF or not but just wanted to say this is great info thanks Sparkly and also Lamby it's so nice to hear someone say it wasn't that bad! You always seem to hear horror stories so to hear something positive is great thank you xxx
19/03/2015 at 16:01
Just to echo Lulu, thanks to Lamby & ST for such great info - am bookmarking this thread in case we will need it too! thanks you guys x
19/03/2015 at 18:15
Thanks everyone, especially Sparkly. Think once we get started I'll be fine. It's just the waiting game now till appointment. I've now asked my GP to refer me to the private clinic so if any delays I getting treatment on NHS will go for treatment privately.
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