question about starting ivf?

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  1. hi, i know there's a section on here for people living in the uk, but there doesn't seem to be anyone on there, so that's why i'm here.

    anyway, i'm looking into going for private IVF, (private i mean we are paying for it ourselves to be seen quicker, otherwise it's free on the NHS, but it's a year waiting list) i just want to know how long you have to wait till you start ivf? like how long till you can start the injections?
    i've been told by a clinic in manchester, uk, that for them it's a 6 week waiting list to see the consultant, then we start after that, but don't you have to wait till your next period begins before you start taking the injections?

    i'm completely new to this, as you can no doubt tell. so any info about how quickly you get started on the injections would be great. like what days in the cycle do you inject yourself/go for blood tests etc?

    we\'re going on holiday in december this year, and i'm wondering whether to put off treatment until we come back so that there are no appointments while i'm away, and there are no injections to take while i'm on holiday too.

    what does everyone think?
    thanks all, and good luck to everyone in such a stressful and emotional time. i have a long road ahead!

  2. It depends... You'll start with the initial consult, then you do your fertility tests which starts on CD3. If your consult isn't on CD3, then you get to come back on CD3. Every RE has different set of tests that you need to take. When the initial test results come back, and everything is normal, then you can decide when to start IVF. If it doesn't come back normal and need additional tests done, then you might need to come back the following month's CD3 for more tests like I did. Those test results come back, then you might need medical or surgical treatments to try to "fix" those problems... That's more time. It could be another 3-6 months before you can start your IVF cycle... You just never know until you get in there for your initial consult and tests.

    When you start the injections for your cycle depends on the protocol your RE puts you on. Some require 2-3 weeks of BCP while others don't... Some requires Lupron injections while others don't... FYI... We canceled all of our holiday plans and didn't plan any ahead of time b/c we made a commitment to doing IVF. We were able to squeeze in some last minute short holidays in between our cycles. Good luck!

  3. It depends... You'll start with the initial consult, then you do your fertility tests which starts on CD3. If your consult isn't on CD3, then you get to come back on CD3. Every RE has different set of tests that you need to take. When the initial test results come back, and everything is normal, then you can decide when to start IVF. If it doesn't come back normal and need additional tests done, then you might need to come back the following month's CD3 for more tests like I did. Those test results come back, then you might need medical or surgical treatments to try to "fix" those problems... That's more time. It could be another 3-6 months before you can start your IVF cycle... You just never know until you get in there for your initial consult and tests. When you start the injections for your cycle depends on the protocol your RE puts you on. Some require 2-3 weeks of BCP while others don't... Some requires Lupron injections while others don't... FYI... We canceled all of our holiday plans and didn't plan any ahead of time b/c we made a commitment to doing IVF. We were able to squeeze in some last minute short holidays in between our cycles. Good luck!

    thanks for that, very informative. what are the initial set of tests they do? and what are the fertility tests they do?
    we\'ve already had tests done, husband's had sperm tests and i've had rubella,fsh/lh, progesterone. fsh was fine. progesterone was low though - 20 instead of 30 or more that they'd like. does that mean i wouldn't be able to carry a baby to term if i have low progesterone? or do they give you meds for that?
    was is it they are looking for in the tests they do?

    what does BCP mean? thanks so much for your time. have you been successful with IVF?

  4. BCP = birth control pills.

    If you have already had testing done and you anticipate that you will begin soon after you meet with the consultant (6 weeks you say) then you may start meds within a few days or a few weeks. so if you see a consultant on sept 15 and start meds at the latest sept 30, you can then expect about 15-30 days for the whole process (if you do a long lupron it maybe longer. no lupron, no birth control it may be shorter.) so you would transfer by oct 30. even if there were a few extra weeks of getting situated you would still transfer by mid november.

    So, if you don't want to wait until january there is no reason to wait. unless you are flying in december and this may be a concern to you. Every dr I have dealt with has said it is fine to fly, but some of us who have done this 2,3, 10 times do not want to take any chances at all!

    You really would very likely not go into december with treatments.

  5. Every RE has their different tests, and some want it done with their lab too. Sorry, it's been a long time since my initial tests...

    CD3 FSH, LH, E2, sono w/AFC, AMH
    Infectious disease panel w/antibodies (both DH and DW)
    Autoimmune panel w/antibodies
    Cystic Fibrosis
    DH\'s semen analysis and fertility workup with his fertility urologist
    Rubella, TB, etc... Sorry I can't remember all of these tests...
    I did not do this test, but many require Clomid Challenge Test
    CBC, TSH (T3, T4, etc), Prolactin, P4
    HSG or Hysteroscopy

    Yes, you do get P4 support with IVF.

  6. BCP = birth control pills.If you have already had testing done and you anticipate that you will begin soon after you meet with the consultant (6 weeks you say) then you may start meds within a few days or a few weeks. so if you see a consultant on sept 15 and start meds at the latest sept 30, you can then expect about 15-30 days for the whole process (if you do a long lupron it maybe longer. no lupron, no birth control it may be shorter.) so you would transfer by oct 30. even if there were a few extra weeks of getting situated you would still transfer by mid november. So, if you don't want to wait until january there is no reason to wait. unless you are flying in december and this may be a concern to you. Every dr I have dealt with has said it is fine to fly, but some of us who have done this 2,3, 10 times do not want to take any chances at all!You really would very likely not go into december with treatments.

    thanks. i think it might be best for us both if we waited until after our holiday before beginning ivf, because of the intensity of it, and how time consuming it is. not to mention i don't think i'd feel comfortable flying if i thought i was pregnant. i know some people do, but it's different for us with ivf isn't it - we don't want to take any chances with the amount of money it costs and the stress of going through it.

    i'll make the initial consultant appointment anyway to get info about it, then we can tell them when we want to start.

  7. Every RE has their different tests, and some want it done with their lab too. Sorry, it's been a long time since my initial tests... CD3 FSH, LH, E2, sono w/AFC, AMHInfectious disease panel w/antibodies (both DH and DW)Autoimmune panel w/antibodiesCystic FibrosisDH\'s semen analysis and fertility workup with his fertility urologistRubella, TB, etc... Sorry I can't remember all of these tests...I did not do this test, but many require Clomid Challenge TestCBC, TSH (T3, T4, etc), Prolactin, P4HSG or Hysteroscopy Yes, you do get P4 support with IVF.

    sorry, i have absolutely no idea what all those abbreviations are! thanks for the info though.

  8. AFC = advancedfertility.com
    AMH = advancedfertility.com
    TB = tubercolosis
    CBC = complete blood count
    TSH = thyroid stimulating hormone (T3, T4 free & uptake)
    P4 = progesterone
    HSG = advancedfertility.com

    Here's more information on basic fertility tests before you get started: advancedfertility.com

  9. We also did "private" IVF. We could have went to a military facility possibly and it would have been cheaper...well maybe not cause here in Japan it was very inexpensive. Anyway, our consult was on CD6 so we missed it by a few days or we could have started the injections right away. We had to wait a little longer cause hubby was deploying for a bit but we got the meds at the consult and injections and started them as soon as he got back after my cycle had started. We had all the testing, etc done at another time a yr prior, so when we met with this doc, I had taken the records so we didn't have to do that all over again. It was pretty much, meet doc, quick consult, gave us meds/injections and start them after cycle. It was quick to be honest. A few days after the injections I went for an ultrasound to see if they were working. That was a tough road for me b/c I was not a great responder..doc had to double my dosage on the last few shots. I was so nervous it was not going to work...but we are 8w4d preggo with TWINS. Try and stay positive and take it one day at a time.

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