[quote=Demian]Ha, that’s funny that you mention how you feel going into the clinic, Brit, because I’ve felt the same way. When we did our first cycle, I was about 26 and still in grad school, so I brought my backpack with me so I could read some research documents. When I walked in with my backpack slung over my shoulder and saw all of the older men in suites and older women in business attire, I suddenly felt like I was a middle school student who had accidentally stumbled into the teacher’s lounge.
In some ways, though, it’s good to have started the IVF process early, because like Ahhny mentioned, you learn A LOT about your own reproductive health that you wouldn’t have otherwise known. Some of those things may have just gotten worse had they been left undiscovered.
I’m curious though, is the primary barrier to your success male factor? If that’s the case, then you as an individual will have some wiggle room, both temporally as well as your umbrella of IVF options (donor sperm is light years easier to get than donor eggs, for example).[/quote]
That is exactly how I felt at our orientation. My husband (military) was in uniform and I was in jeans, t-shirt and sneakers. I felt like a little kid when I realized everyone was in heels and “dressed up.” It didn’t occur to me once to not dress the way I always do (I’m a Nanny).
As for our infertility, male factor is our main issue. With just a slightly elevated prolactin level, that was tested and had gone down to normal, I have no other issues. Although I’m pretty sure everyone can understand that it’s still “our” infertility, even though the diagnosis is pretty one sided.
Because of the likelihood that they won’t find any viable sperm, we will have donor sperm on reserve at the clinic the day of my egg retrieval and his procedure. We are clinging to hope that we won’t need the donor sperm but are very prepared to use it in case we do need it.