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iwnabby, IVF can be very stressful and overwhelming if you let it. The best advice is to take it a day at a time, literally. You really can't worry about every little thing because that can be easy to do but also detrimental to your overall wellbeing.
A typical cycle looks like this:
*You first start with a suppressant like BCPs or Lupron or both. (Lupron is usually administered in a shot and has some minor side effects.) This lasts anywhere from about 10 days or sometimes even as long as a month.
*Then, you will start to stimmulate your ovaries to produce follicles. This is done by taking shots of one of the stimulating drugs like Follistim or Gonal-F or Menopur. You will be on this for approximately 10-14 days and you will be monitored during this time almost daily for blood work and sonos. They need to see that your body is reacting to the medicine the right way, and your follicles are growing. There are serious risks of hyperstimulation, so it's very important to monitor you very carefully during this time.
*Then, when you have enough mature follicles, they will do the retrieval where you will get mild anesthesia and they will take your eggs and then fertilize them with your partner's or donor's sperm. This is a tricky and sometimes dissappointing step because we sometimes get less eggs than we thought we'd have and not all of them may fertilize. Then, other procedures come into play like ICSI (if you need it) where they hand pick sperm and inject the egg to fertilize it. At this time, you will usually start progesterone (or something like it) which is given in a shot or suppository that starts to help your body sustain the pregnancy.
*Then 3-5 days later, depending on quality of the embryos and preference of your doctor, they will transfer a certain amount back in (usually 2 or 3) depending on age and other factors. At this time, they will also freeze any embryos that are of good enough quality if there are any left over.
*Then, usually about 10-12 days later, you will have your blood test to see if your pregnant. There are many other factors that can change the timeline a bit and depending on your age and issues, your doctor could give you different meds and/or different protocol. You will probably/[I]should[/I] get an injection class and a seminar to explain the process.

That being said, I have been there and have been successful.:D In the past 3 years, I have done 3 fresh and 3 frozen IVF cycles. I have transferred a total of 14 embryos, (not all at once of course!). I have had 2 BFNs, 2 chemical pregnancies, and 2 BFPs. One BFP is my daughter who will be 2 in April and I am currently 8 weeks pregnant with twins. Good luck!! :angel: If you need any other advice or are curious about anything, just ask!:wave:





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