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#1 melissa87

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 07:16 PM

Ive always been the career driven type and its still very important to me. However, Im super close to my dream position....but it would involve shift work, at least initially and I dont know how long it would last.

After my mat leave I could go back to my old job or keep looking, but this new position matches my masters degree, has a pension, and would be great for my family.

My issue is, I have no Fallopian tubes and need ivf. I also only have a daughter and ideally want three kids. I have six blasts in the freezer and still have the funded Ontario cycle.

Anyways I know this has to be something I decide but I was just wondering if other shift workers (nurses, doctors, police department workers etc) could share their experience with ivf? Or if anyone know if shift work can effect cycle outcome le?

#2 cj123

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 10:02 PM

Hey I'm a nurse.  I work 12 hour shifts.  During my IVF cycle, I pretty much traded shifts around or I used a medical leave for one or two shifts too so I didn't have to work during my IVF.  I do know that many people do it, and I think that would've been fine too.  My IVF ended up not working, but I did get pregnant with a donor FET easily and was still working my shifts (and still am).  I love my shifts, even though I find nights harder these days, but would never willingly work monday to friday again.  Feel free to PM me if you have more questions!

Me - 31  Hubby - 31


Trying to conceive since 2012


2013- Husband diagnosed with Congenital Absence of Vas Deferens caused by being a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis


2013 - decided to adopt before pursuing fertility treatments


November 2015 - Our beautiful baby boy is born!  We got to be there for the birth!  He's ours!


May 2016 - Adoption Finalized!!!


After a cancelled IVF cycle and an IVF cycle that completely failed for unknown reasons (22 eggs, 10 fertilized, zero on day five), we have moved onto donor embryos! 


August 2017 - We received three beautiful embryos from an amazing donor family!  


FET #1- One beautiful hatching 5 day blast transferred Oct 11/17 - BFP!!! beta #1- 92 (9dp5dt) beta #2- 297 (13dp5dt)

beta #3- 700 (16dp5dt) beta #4- 3500 (20dp5dt)  

Ultrasound Nov 7 (6w4d) - One little bean, heartbeat of 125 bpm!  Due June 29, 2018

June 19, 2018 It's a Boy!! 7 lbs 2 oz of perfection!


FET #2 - One day 6 Blast transferred Feb 26/2020 - BFN 


One final chance with one final embryo hopefully soon!  Go away Covid-19!


#3 treasuretroll

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 12:38 PM

Hi there,
I work 12 hour shifts rotating two weeks days two weeks nights. I did IVF back in 2017 and just booked vacation so I had a week off afterwards. My job is pretty physical so I needed the time off. With each FET I've done I've just booked that day off if needed and continued working regular shifts after that. I find shift work easier with the whole infertility stuff since I get more days off compared to a Mon-Fri worker. I can usually schedule appointments around days off.