Nurse IVF Consultation – FINALLY!

It’s been a long couple of weeks waiting for this appointment, but it finally came! We arrived promptly at 8:55 am yesterday and were in a consult room with the IVF nurse by 9:05. There are 4 different IVF nurses at my clinic and you get to “choose” 1 or 2 to work with, so I approached this appointment as somewhat of an informal interview for her. Off the bat she had a couple of red flags

– A bit frazzled. She forgot to put her nametag on and she asked us if her teeth were whistling mid sentence.

– She wears invisalign. Those rubberbands are SO distracting to me!

-We almost witnessed her choke on a mint (on the plus side, she took it to save us from her coffee breath).

Scatterbrained. She forgot what she was talking about a couple of times and was easily side-tracked.

But overall, I still liked her. She was easy to talk to, happy to answer our questions, and didn’t talk down to us. She also recognized that we’d done our research and seemed to appreciate it. For now, she’ll stay in the running.

Back to the reason why were were actually there – paperwork, understanding the process, and scheduling. Really there were no surprises during the appointment, other than the amount of different types of injections. I knew it was a lot, but it’s like 5 different kinds!!!!  Two of which I have to do together (gonal-f & menopur) for over a week. I wish I would have counted the total injections, but I think it’s going to be around 36.

I’ve never wanted AF to come so bad in my life! Can’t get started on the pre-procedure month until she does. Going to give myself a couple of days and then I’ll try prometrium to get it going. Then, a couple of weeks of birth control while we do some testing (bloodwork, mock embryo transfer, and ultrasound). THEN we can get started on the real deal. So, I’m hoping for the actual transfer to be early to mid July, which she seemed to think was very feasible.

So, I should probably start getting back to a healthier diet, cutting out caffeine, and taking a few more walks during the week. I’m going to enjoy the long holiday weekend with my friends and family (have ONE beer) and then I’ll go cold turkey on all things amazing & fun bad for me.

There’s no such thing as a dumb question, right?

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Our IVF consultation appointment is this Thursday. I want to have a thorough, prepared list of questions to ask him. I want to leave that appointment with a clear understanding of what to expect. I’m the kind of person that will be up all night agonizing the things I didn’t ask, so I’m trying to be proactive. Here’s my current list, what am I forgetting?

  1. Based on my history, what are my odds of a live birth (and with how many cycles)?
  2. Why are their FET success rates so much lower now than in 2008 (50% vs 25%)?
  3. Do you know if your success rates went up in 2013?
  4. Why did IUI fail for us? Why might IVF work?
  5. Why was I able to get pregnant 3 times on Clomid/Femara, but not with injectables?
  6. Any sense in doing more IUIs before moving to IVF?
  7. Do you do a 3 or 5 day transfer, and why?
  8. What supplements should I be taking?
  9. Do you use vitrification? (a super fast freezing process, thought to be better than conventional freezing methods)
  10. Why would a cycle be canceled?
  11. How soon after the first fresh IVF cycle can we do a FET?
  12. How many eggs do you hope to retrieve?
  13. Will I have a specific nurse assigned to me? 
  14. Do you do bed rest after the transfer?
  15. When can I get started?