Question for the experienced IVF'ers


#1

Was your RE able to give you some notice before your retrieval? This is our first time and my husband works crazy shifts. To take off he needs at least a week notice. With the IUI, it was a day to day thing and we never knew but could swing it by me taking in the semen and waiting around for the insemination. With the retrieval, he has to go with me, right? I can’t drive after?


#2

When you start your cycle, your clinic will give you an estimated calendar. It will have a tentative retrieval and transfer date. Of my 3 cycles 2 were dead on and the last I had retrieval one day earlier. The dates will depend on how well you respond to the meds.

You should have plenty of notice for your DH though, as retrieval will absolutely be 34-36 hours after you trigger.


#3

You’ll get a schedule when you begin so you will know appointments and retrieval - and then have an idea with 3 or 5 day transfer-- anyone can take you- but I could not drive with retrieval and transfer good luck!!


#4

It’s true that anyone can take you, but unless you are using frozen or donated sperm, DH will need to be at retrieval :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#5

OK, I thought we could bring the sample with us like we do for the IUI? Our office says as long as it gets there within an hour it’s fine. Is it different with IVF?

Thank you all so much for responding, I’m already learning more. I didn’t know I couldn’t drive after the transfer either. I thought that was just like an IUI. Do they put you to sleep for that?


#6

[quote=littleitalian]OK, I thought we could bring the sample with us like we do for the IUI? Our office says as long as it gets there within an hour it’s fine. Is it different with IVF?

Thank you all so much for responding, I’m already learning more. I didn’t know I couldn’t drive after the transfer either. I thought that was just like an IUI. Do they put you to sleep for that?[/quote]

I don’t know - definitely check with your clinic about bringing it with you. That was never an option for us.

With the transfer, some clinics give you valium for that, but many don’t.


#7

Make sure to ask at your clinic. My clinic was fine with us bringing the sample, but they never mentioned it until I brought it up. My DH did not want to, er, produce at the clinic. He was much more comfortable at home where I could assist. I just asked first and they said fine as long as it was within a half hour.


#8

Yeah, most clinics are willing to work around it, so if you take it with you when you go for your retrieval, as long as its “fresh” it likely won’t be a problem. Also, you could have a friend or family member take you for retreival. I was able to drive after transfer, it was very similair to an IUI.

I think I am going to be going to this transfer by myself. We have become supersticious…LOL. when my DH goes, it never works or sticks - the one time he didn’t, well, my DD is running around from that cycle! LOL…

My clinic doesn’t give me anything for the transfer, and even if they do, you don’t have to take it. Just a thought.

Good luck!


#9

Jeez. I really have some questions to ask tomorrow. If they require him to do it at the clinic the day of retrieval I might as well give it up now. He’ll never do it. He doesn’t even like me in the HOUSE when he has to do that.


#10

my clinic always had a back-up frozen sample in case a fresh sample could not be obtained or was of poor quality. of course a fresh sample is preferred. maybe your husband can give a sample in advance and it can be frozen?

my clinic did not allow me to bring in the sample since they HAD to make sure they knew where the sample came from. my hubby had to show 2 forms of ID.

you do have about 36 hours advance notice of the retrieval though. maybe your hubby can come in as soon as the clinic is open and leave afterwards? you would need someone to drive you home though.


#11

Planning is tricky because it really just depends on how your body responds to the meds/protocol. My clinic gave me a tentative schedule that we worked off of and we just so happened to follow it exactly, but generally some ladies are off their tentative schedule by a couple days. There would have been no way for them to have given us a week heads up because often they have no clue when you will be triggering until close to or the day of trigger. The trigger gives you a two day heads up (well 36hrs.) so…you at least get that.

Also, at out clinic you either had to have hubby with you or a frozen sample and a power of attorney giving you legal permission to use it.

May want to have a back up plan just in case or if all else fails have hubby call is sick that day without notice. :cross: all will work out for you!! :babydust: :babydust:


#12

[quote=ahhny]Planning is tricky because it really just depends on how your body responds to the meds/protocol. My clinic gave me a tentative schedule that we worked off of and we just so happened to follow it exactly, but generally some ladies are off their tentative schedule by a couple days. There would have been no way for them to have given us a week heads up because often they have no clue when you will be triggering until close to or the day of trigger. The trigger gives you a two day heads up (well 36hrs.) so…you at least get that.

Also, at out clinic you either had to have hubby with you or a frozen sample and a power of attorney giving you legal permission to use it.

May want to have a back up plan just in case or if all else fails have hubby call is sick that day without notice. :cross: all will work out for you!! :babydust: :babydust:[/quote]

Wow! A power of attorney? For all our IUI’s I brought the sample in. We had to provide our drivers licenses when we registered back in '09 and again in January when we went back to try again. Thanks girls, so much. I would’ve never thought of all these things to ask and then I would’ve still had questions after the consult.

Another question…I’m scheduled for a saline something or other on Wednesday. I had this done back in '09 it was all clear. For IVF, aren’t we bypassing the tubes? Why do they do this test again?


#13

[quote=littleitalian]Wow! A power of attorney? For all our IUI’s I brought the sample in. We had to provide our drivers licenses when we registered back in '09 and again in January when we went back to try again. Thanks girls, so much. I would’ve never thought of all these things to ask and then I would’ve still had questions after the consult.

Another question…I’m scheduled for a saline something or other on Wednesday. I had this done back in '09 it was all clear. For IVF, aren’t we bypassing the tubes? Why do they do this test again?[/quote]

It’s a crazy journey! My DH could not produce a sample at the clinic either - they are used to this and will work with you! :slight_smile:

As far as the Saline ultrasound, it is to make sure you don’t have any polyps in your uterus (at least that is why they did mine the first time around). They did the saline thing and if they see any clouding in the ultrasound then they send you for a HSG/Hysteroscopy but if you were fine the first time then you should be ok this time. I had to have the hysteroscopy the first time and then this time when they did the HSG I was fine!

I’m a nurse and I don’t think I’ve learned quite as much as going through this process! Amazing what medicine can do to us! Good luck at your appointment!


#14

[QUOTE=littleitalian]Wow! A power of attorney? For all our IUI’s I brought the sample in. We had to provide our drivers licenses when we registered back in '09 and again in January when we went back to try again. Thanks girls, so much. I would’ve never thought of all these things to ask and then I would’ve still had questions after the consult.

Another question…I’m scheduled for a saline something or other on Wednesday. I had this done back in '09 it was all clear. For IVF, aren’t we bypassing the tubes? Why do they do this test again?[/QUOTE]

Yes, Saline sono checks for abnormalities, fibroids, polyps, etc…This was required by my clinic as well.

Now that I am pregnant and 23wks they have found that I have a endocervical polyp. I am 38 years old and have had three children previously and have never heard of this before, but a couple weeks ago I had some pink discharge so freaked of course and went to labor and delivery where they found it. They said they are common in pregnant women, but that they don’t mess with them unless they cause problems until after the baby is born.

Having had all those tests though previous to my IVF cycle and even a pap at 10wks pregnant we know for sure I didn’t have it before then. Since then I have read a lot about these things and how not only can they grow quickly and interfere with implantation, but even if you do manage to get pregnant with one it can cause complications during the pregnancy if it is in the uterus…definitely good to double check prior to the IVF cycle.


#15

[quote=ahhny]Yes, Saline sono checks for abnormalities, fibroids, polyps, etc…This was required by my clinic as well.

Now that I am pregnant and 23wks they have found that I have a endocervical polyp. I am 38 years old and have had three children previously and have never heard of this before, but a couple weeks ago I had some pink discharge so freaked of course and went to labor and delivery where they found it. They said they are common in pregnant women, but that they don’t mess with them unless they cause problems until after the baby is born.

Having had all those tests though previous to my IVF cycle and even a pap at 10wks pregnant we know for sure I didn’t have it before then. Since then I have read a lot about these things and how not only can they grow quickly and interfere with implantation, but even if you do manage to get pregnant with one it can cause complications during the pregnancy if it is in the uterus…definitely good to double check prior to the IVF cycle.[/quote]

Thank you, you are right. Better safe than sorry. I know I shouldn’t but I worry about the cost of all these extra tests adding up. We have a 25,000 lifetime max for infertility and since we’ve had all these tests before… it’s just hard because at the cost of IVF we probably only have one shot at this.

Hope your polyp behaves until after your little one is here!


#16

[quote=littleitalian]Thank you, you are right. Better safe than sorry. I know I shouldn’t but I worry about the cost of all these extra tests adding up. We have a 25,000 lifetime max for infertility and since we’ve had all these tests before… it’s just hard because at the cost of IVF we probably only have one shot at this.

Hope your polyp behaves until after your little one is here![/quote]

We have the same thing with our insurance. Just fyi, not sure who your insurance is with, but the majority of those tests don’t count towards fertility treatment I have found. I have blue cross blue shield. Also, for my iui my clinic submitted $1300 for one cycle but the majority of those costs were disallowed and ins paid 300ish ans we paid 143. I havent seev my ivf cycle yet but i think we have 2 covered and we have the same max. Best of luck!


#17

[QUOTE=Jennjack11]We have the same thing with our insurance. Just fyi, not sure who your insurance is with, but the majority of those tests don’t count towards fertility treatment I have found. I have blue cross blue shield. Also, for my iui my clinic submitted $1300 for one cycle but the majority of those costs were disallowed and ins paid 300ish ans we paid 143. I havent seev my ivf cycle yet but i think we have 2 covered and we have the same max. Best of luck![/QUOTE]

Same here! Infertility is not covered for us at all but I submit everything I can that is not coded for it. The sono should not have a CPT code that labels it for infertility. If it does, your clinic can change it to fibroids, plops, ect


#18

I did not know that. Thank you!

JennJack, we have Anthem BCBS. It is so confusing. We’re paying the specialist copay ($40) at every visit - so that alone adds up. But for some odd reason, other than the prescriptions that I submitted for reimbursement (80/20), the only thing that is showing up is the beta/progesterone blood test I had done after the IUI and the day 3 testing. None of the other appts. I still can’t figure out how much they are covering. And even though it’s not the greatest, 2 IVFs sound better than one.