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#1 Lawyermom

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 11:43 PM

Hi everyone,
I just registered for IVF today and I feel pretty daunted by this process. I have a beautiful daughter who is almost 3 and hope to have a second child.
I learned on my 30th birthday this year of my husbands 0 sperm count due to medication to treat an illness and that ivf would be our only option.
I am still in a state of disbelief that I will not be conceiving a child naturally and I am very scared of all of the invasive tests and medication to come.
Any helpful information is apprciated.

#2 CdnHockeyGal

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 11:50 PM

Hi Lawyermom - welcome to the site!  I'm sorry you and your family have received such difficult's never an easy one.  I personally can't say I found the tests particularly invasive...there are some that aren't pleasant for sure & I was scared before my HSG but the vast majority is blood work.  


I think most of us would agree the HSG is the most "invasive" which is a test that is performed that injects dye into your tubes via a catheter to ensure they are open and not an obstacle to conception (even when you have a male factor diagnosis...there are different kinds of blockages.)


The internal ultrasounds are never a girl's most favorite thing...but the most uncomfortable thing about them is how bizarrely comfortable you get carrying on a conversation with your RE while the ultrasound is being performed.  Sometimes the u/s wand can be positioned to cause some brief discomfort...but that's the worst of it.  I once (at a different clinic) asked the male RE if he wanted to pull over and ask for directions since he didn't know where he was going.  LOL  He was being a little rough and forgetting that he didn't have the equipment.  hahaha


We're all nervous the first time we administer the IVF drugs...but'll become oddly comfortable at how routine & easy it is.  It doesn't even really hurt the needles are so fine.


Best of luck to you and hope your stay is brief & successful!

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#3 Mamasita204

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 10:31 AM

Are the internal ultrasounds similar to a pap or HSG? Are they quick?

#4 Hopefull1978

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 01:05 PM

They are not as bad as an HSG at all, they are a little uncomfortable but not painful at all. Hope that's helpful

#5 Hopefull1978

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 01:11 PM

Does anyone recommend any yoga places in the city? Trying to do all I can to increase our success rate