It's fair to say that when going through IVF most of the focus seems to be on the woman - the drugs, egg collection, hormonal outrage and heavy bloating. But do we forget about the men? Being forced into a little room for a compulsory orgasm whilst a waiting room of people are sat just outside the door, all of whom know EXACTLY what you are doing, sounds like a nightmare to me. So what is it really like to give a sperm sample?
A brilliant and funny insight in to what occurs in THAT ROOM has been provided by Mans' IVF View. Read More
For me, this is where IVF really comes into its own. Messy pessaries that ruin your pants, popping things up your bum, nerve wracking calls from the embryologist and full frontal genital exposure during embryo transfer. This is where the going gets tough. This article answers the questions I was faced with in the week following egg collection: Should the progesterone pessaries go up the front (vagina) or back (bum)? What are the stages of embryo development and how many usually make it to that all important 'blastocyst'? Do I get a choice of how many embryos are transferred back? Does embryo transfer hurt? What's the advice I should be following post transfer? Read More
When you think IVF, you think injections, right? Drugs, hormonal induce meltdowns and lots of jabs. It is one of the most daunting aspects of IVF, but is it really that bad? This article considers the key questions, surprises and issues that I experienced during druggie phase of IVF. It explores whether the injections hurt (taken from the experience of a total wuss - me), what the different hormones do and what happens when you have a jab related disaster and spurt the contents onto the floor of a public loo. Read More
The most eagerly anticipated, long awaited, important appointment on our three year infertility calendar - the IVF initial consultation. But what the hell happens at it? What do I ask? How long do I have to wait following it to actually start pumping my body full of hormones and get the IVF train out of the station? Once again, I had as much knowledge of what occurs at the first IVF consultation as I do about quantum physics (and I studied humanities). This article sets out all that happened to me at the initial IVF consultation so that you know roughy what to expect. Read More
Have you ever wanted to surprise a friend or relative going through IVF with a little something, just to let them know that you are thinking of them? Not sure what to buy that would be useful or thoughtful, but won’t make them burst into tears or be left wondering as to the relevance? Or maybe you want to treat yourself in the run up to an IVF cycle, because goodness knows you deserve it. Here are some IVF appropriate gift suggestions to induce a smile. Read More