Today we had our first appointment with the IVF clinic where we’ll be undergoing treatment. It’s one of the biggest fertility clinics in the state, and their rooms are at a private hospital in the city centre. I was surprised by how swanky the clinic is. There’s a big waterfall in the middle of the waiting room and a fully stocked fridge so clients can help themselves to juice, nuts and cheese.
I felt really weird and awkward in the waiting room. All the other couples there were at least ten years older than us, maybe fifteen. I felt them staring at us and thought they were judging us. I’m 26 years old but I look about 18 with no makeup on (and I wasn’t wearing makeup today) and Doug looks young as well.
There was one lady in the waiting room who I was sure was pregnant. She looked about five months. I felt happier as I could see the clinic was achieving results. Then they called her name and I overheard she was here to have her embryo transfer. I was completely shocked and all the colour drained from my face. That was how big you got on all the hormones??? How was I going to hide that from my family!
Finally our names were called. The appointment itself went for about 90 minutes and we met with one of the nursing coordinators of the clinic. She was lovely and reassuring. She talked through all of the IVF protocols, how our cycle would progress and taught us how to inject the needles. Watching her stick the needle into a pin cushion made me feel physically sick. Doug noticed immediately and reached out to grab me. I have a history of fainting when I’m confronted with blood or guts (I even passed out when I got my belly button pierced 10 years ago!). Doug got me some cheese and juice from the fridge and I felt much better once I had a few sips.
We’ve been put onto an antagonist protocol. We will also be doing ICSI which is a specialised type of IVF. A single sperm will be injected into my eggs by the embryologist to combat the fact Doug has some morphology issues.
Once I get my period I’ll start on day 2 of my cycle with Gonal-F injections. I’ll be doing 100iu per day. This hormone will stimulate my ovaries to grow more eggs. Then on day four of the cycle I will also start a second injection of orgalutran. It will prevent me from ovulating early so that all the lovely eggs that have grown can be collected. I will go back to the doctor on day eight for my first scan.
The nurse offered to let us take home the medications today, but stressed that if we take the medications then don’t start the cycle we’ll be liable thousands of dollars because Medicare won’t cover us. We opt to leave the medications at the clinic and Doug promises to come and collect them the minute I start my period (haha how weird does that sound now I’m writing it).
When we got back to the car park we were shocked to find that 2 hours of parking had set us back $35!!!!! Next time we’ll park further away on the street and walk the 10 minutes to the hospital. Cause…..we won’t be able to afford the IVF cycle if that’s how much they’re going to charge for parking!