Things that are Starting In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Our IVF Journey started when Chase and I went in for our IVF consult after the appointment with our RE who said the next best option would be IVF. At that appointment my coordinator gave me a calendar of when to start and stop all fertility medications. So once I start a medication, I take it until my stop date or until they tell me to stop. I also signed up for a “shot class” (#awholenewmeaningtobodyshots) to help me understand how to use and mix my injections.
My RE wanted me to start by taking his super pills, which are supposed to help with egg quality. Once Aunt Flo (AF) came in December I was put on birth control (BC) to help suppress my ovaries. They don’t want them producing eggs, and it’s to give the RE and the clinic more control over my cycle. I do not like the side effects of BC; cramping, bloating, weight gain, as well as horrible mood swings (sorry Chase), but I knew the pills are necessary. So I kept taking them (with knowing when the stop date is to help me cope with the side effects) and knew that there would be a day where I would not be on them anymore = Happy Tedi.
While at the baseline appointment Chase and I payed the deposit for our IVF cycle. If you are paying cash, then you would have to pay the full amount at that time. They break everything down and you just pay one lump sum, so you aren’t having to pay at each visit. It was nice to only have to pay once, but it was a fairly large bill.
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