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  1. Wow, that is a lot of things to go through before starting IVF! We didn't do anything except meet with the doctor and sign consent forms, although having someone go through the medications would have been nice!

    I'm glad things are moving along well for you.

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  2. I'm a former needle-phobe myself, and I can tell you that the anticipation is the worst part. Once you actually start doing the injections it's really no big deal. Most of the needles are really small and thin. It's actually really empowering to do them and has become a sense of pride for me. The consent forms are crazy, aren't they? At our clinic, we have to fill them out each time we do a fresh cycle. Anyone who thinks that people enter into IVF by making a flip decision and not thinking about it is off their rocker, because there's no way it's an easy decision.

    I love the scarf! I've tried to learn to knit so many times, and one year got far enough to make two simple scarves that I gave to my mom and sister as Christmas gifts, but I'm a crocheter all the way. Crochet I can do, no problem.

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    1. Ok ladies - you're all helping psych me up for those needles. The general consensus seems to be that they're pretty easy to manage. I like this!

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  3. Please dont worry about the needles. They are a breeze to do (especially the SQ ones) and super empowering to do yourself. I kick myself for not doing IVF sooner since I was terrified of the whole "having shots" and lost valuable time.
    Glad that you have made so much progress. I have a good feeling this will work out for you.
    Love the scarf!!

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  4. I am so happy and excited to follow you through this journey. I also love seeing how each individual clinic handles the ivf procedure. I was so very scared about multiples but our embryos werent that good of quality so it eased my mind.

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  5. At our clinic they demand all of the money up front for IVF. Like Toni said, it's neat to see how all clinics are different. Good Luck!! I'm excited to follow your journey as we're about to begin IVF soon too.

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    1. Yeah we'll have to pay about $4,000 at the drug collection, then about $4,700 at the Embryo Transfer. There's other additional costs to do with the surgery too, but I guess it's kinds nice to split it up (even though we won't begin until we've saved the full amount).

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  6. First off, ICSI is worth every penny, and $350 isn't bad for that. We did ICSI and 7 of our 8 eggs fertilized. Also, if the shots are anything like the ones we have in the States, the needles are actually really small. I would estimate they are like 1.5 cm long. I had to give myself a shot once and it was pretty easy and didn't hurt. Also, another cost you'll want to keep in mind is the storage of embryos if you have some that make it to freeze. We were lucky to have 4 to freeze, but even if we only had 1 to freeze the cost is $1,200 to store at our doctor's lab for 1 year, and our insurance did not cover that at all. After that year is up we can transfer the embryos to an off-site storage facility which costs $400 per year. I'm so excited you're getting so close to your cycle! I have a really good feeling about this!

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    1. Thanks Jules. I knew I forgotten to add something else on for the additional costs. Yes, we have 6 months of free storage of frozen embryos, then after that it's $150 every 6 months up to 5 years. Also, I couldn't remember the name of the new technology thing that helps the ICSI - it's something called HA (Sperm Collection) where some kind of magnetic thing attracts only the best spermies, and it makes it easier for the Dr to choose the best. It's only used in conjunction with certain ICSI cycles. The ICSI Initial Cycle total is over $8,000---- I would've been ECSTATIC if it was as easy as $350!!!

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  7. That's interesting that you're required to go through a police record check before IVF. I'd never heard of that before!

    I think you'll end up doing great with the needles. If it helps, just picture the end goal and I'm sure it will give you all the courage you need. :)

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    1. Don't get me started again on how disgusting it is that Victoria is the only state in Australia that requires IVF couples to have Police Record Checks in order to receive medical treatment for IVF. I am absolutely appalled, outraged, disgusted in this! Any heroin-injecting, alcoholic, smoking person can get themselves knocked-up accidentally and be able to give birth and potentially not be fit to look after that child... but watch out for that couple who have a medical reason for not being able to conceive, and have thought seriously before entering into the IVF clinic. They're the ones who should have background checks! GRRRRRR. It is so fucked up. AND it cost us $80 for the privilege of getting these background checks!

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  8. I agree that it seems silly that background checks are required for a medical treatment......but if you can get pregnant on you own, no one cares if you are of the skeevy sort!

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    1. Thanks Mark & Amy... see my reply (above) to Jenny's similar comment. It makes me SO mad.

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  9. Ali, savour every detail, decision, injection, moment of pre-IVF and during IVF. Words cannot describe how each day will bring on a new feeling. You are clearly one strong woman. I wish you the best of luck xoxoxo

    (p.s. you left a couple wonderful comments on my blog. Thank you for your encouraging words. For some reason, your comments did not post, but I did receive them via email. Thank you.)

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  10. Well done for getting through all of this. We had exactly the same process - hell being in Melbs, we are probably with the same clinics! You will see, once you get going with the treatment, it will get easier day by day. This is an exciting time that will just fly by. Enjoy that excitement and savour it - it's good for you! :-)

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    1. We probably are at the same clinic! Too funny.

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  11. It is important for couples who are undergoing fertility treatment to go through counseling. Counseling will help them prepare psychologically and emotionally, as they go through this process. Also, through counseling, they can voice out their fears and concerns regarding the treatment. It is good that you decided to go through this process.

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  12. Great post. I've found it really useful. Thanks a lot.
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