Wednesday, September 24, 2008

IVF Tips

After going through 2 cycles of IVF and reading a lot of posts on the fertility forums, I have put together some really good tips.

  1. When your meds are finally delivered at the door, you will be a little overwhelmed at all the needles and packages. It helps to organize everything. Getting one of those plastic 3 drawer containers to put med, needles, band aids, alcohol swabs, etc.

  2. Setting up a special place in your house for a shot station. This may help with stress especially if you don’t like needles. It will also keep everything in one place so you don’t lose your tiny bottle of lupron.

  3. For some shot other than progesterone, use ice before you get your shot. It will help. No ice or heat with the progesterone because that may kill the properties in the medicine. Extreme heat or cold is not good for progesterone.

  4. If you mix your meds, let it sit for about 10 minutes before you give yourself the shot. This lessens the stinging.

  5. Be prepared for mood swings no matter what meds you are on. Warn neighbors, family, and friends that you may become Mrs. Hide after the cycle starts.

  6. Don’t be afraid to call your doctor if you are having some problems. They are there to help. You may want to ask the question on message boards like Fertility Community. Most of the women there could probably give you some good advice and relieve some anxiety before the doctor is able to get back to you.

  7. If you have questions write them down. This way you don’t forget to ask when the doctor or nurse while they are on the phone. Remember that they have a lot of women they are taking care of and may not call you back right away.

  8. Write down the answers to the questions you asked. This way you can use it as a reference later when you’ve forgotten that you already asked the question or forgot the answer.

  9. After you give or get your shot, don’t be surprised that you may get some seepage back out the whole when you pull out the needle. Don’t panic, this sometimes happens. There is not enough seepage to worry about.

  10. You may bruise. I know I nicked a blood vessel in my last cycle and I had a huge purple bruise on my tummy for a couple of weeks. It was a little tender to the touch.

  11. It is always a good idea to join some of the message boards. The women will give you plenty of support and help when no one else can.

    1. IVF – -

    2. Fertility Community -

    3. IVF Forum -

    4. Pregnancy Calendars, IVF Experience -

  12. Stims will make you feel bloated and you may look like you are 4 months pregnant. Have those fat clothes ready.

  13. Enjoy the day or so after the trigger shot. It will be the only day or so without any shots and hopefully for 6 to 10 weeks. You will be on progesterone starting the day of egg retrieval until you are about 6 to 10 weeks pregnant or you receive that dreaded call from the doctor saying that your pregnancy test came back negative.

  14. Some women take the time between egg retrieval and egg transfer off work to relax and destress.

  15. Some doctors require that you are on bed rest for 2 to 3 days after egg transfer. This is the time to really pamper yourself. Have a few movies, some books or magazines ready to keep you busy. Maybe start crocheting an afghan or knitting a sweater. It was suggested that you start a pamper box and when you come across an movie or book that you don’t have time for at the moment, throw it in the box.

  16. Bed rest does not mean you need to stay in bed the whole time. It is recommended that you lay down for most of the day, but you can get up to go to the bathroom, fix something light to eat, let the dogs out (but don’t take them for a walk). If you can, have someone stay with you to help out.

I know that I have missed some really good tips. What other tips to do have?

1 comment:

IVF 40+ said...

terrific tips! I am just about to start my first IVF and your advice is the best i have read so far. Thank you so much.