Don’t worry about feeling like there is so much to learn - because there is! Just take it one step at a time. There is so much information out there that your head can start swimming if you try to take it in all at once.
One thing that I did before I started the stim part of the cycle was quit all forms of caffeine. I know there is a lot of debate out there - some doctors say it’s fine. Plenty of women say they drank a cup of coffee or black tea all throughout their pregnancy. But I have read that it can have a major impact on women who already have fertility issues - up to 50%. So I decided to play it safe. If I was going through all the trouble of IVF, I wanted to do everything I could to maximize my chances. I quit a couple weeks before the stim’s medication so the caffeine withdrawal symptoms wouldn’t be compounded by the rest of the hormones. It took about 6 days to get over the caffeine headache though - which was probably the hardest part of the whole IVF for me!
For me the stim part wasn’t hard at all. I thought the hormones would make me nuts but they didn’t. I had a mild headache for a few days and towards the end, my ovaries felt really heavy and a little tender. But other than that it really wasn’t bad at all.
The egg retrieval wasn’t too hard for me either, except that the anesthesia made me sick to my stomach and I threw up about a half hour after coming too. I quick drank some gatoraide and I was fine. I had to fast for 12 hours before the retrieval which happened in the morning so it was basically just like skipping breakfast.
Good luck! Keep asking questions as it goes. I found everyone here to be so helpful![/quote]
I was just wondering if all forms of caffeine included chocolate? I have given up regular coffee and other caffeinated beverages, but was just wondering if chocolate had a significant effect?