IVF is emotionally tough and no aspect of it more so than the tortuous two week wait. Fighting bloating, severe blues, the temptation of Google searching (no good comes from that, you naughty temptress) and endless symptom spotting. It is a real arse. There is no way round it, we all have to endure it. I'd love to provide advice on how to ace the two week wait but unfortunately, to be honest, I didn't. Not even close. This article covers my two week wait, when to do a home pregnancy test (and not to test), what the blooming heck is a Beta, why you are p*ssing your money away by obsessing over line progression and what to expect at the callously named 'viability scan'.Read More
From laughing at a face erection to being touched by the best description of infertility ever written, this fertility book review gets stuck in to Get a Life: His and Hers Survival Guide to IVF. The review takes a look at what the book covers (and what is doesn't), its best bits and who would benefit from a good old read.Read More
Sirena Bergman wrote an article in The Independent suggesting that IVF should not be offered at all on the NHS, claiming that IVF is "whimsical". In this guest post from Penguin and Pineapples, Kay explores the arguments advocated by Sirena and provides facts and thoughts which go to the age old question: 'Should IVF be funded by the NHS?'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
My estimated IVF timings were wrong, oh so very wrong. In fact, they were out by 4 months and if I hadn’t pushed for an earlier initial consultation, they would have been out by 6. How did I get it so wrong? A failure to fully understand the process and making overly optimistic assumptions about efficiency and timeframes that bore no resemblance to the previous 3 years of long drawn out fertility investigations.
To avoid my mistakes and to help others to capitalise on my learning in order to avoid sinking into a pit frustration and despair (that joy comes later during the IVF two week wait), I’ve shared my IVF experience in a series of articles, beginning with a question I am frequently asked: How long does it take to get referred for IVF?Read More