What to do first if you know that you need IVF

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Fasolka
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What to do first if you know that you need IVF

Post by Fasolka » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:38 am

Hey, everyone! My name is Edith My english is not so well, so, I apologise for grammatic. I am absolutely confuse, how to start look for ivf specialist and what to do.. how to start.. I am 33 years old. Live in Chicago, IL. I was 4 time pregnant; 1-st - ectopic pregnancy, lost my left tube, 2nd pregnancy (I am so happy!!!) i got my son, he is 4 now, 3rd - ectopic again, miscarriage, 4th - ectopic again- lost my right tube. Now i have no tubes, but i do not know how to start and what to from the beginnig. Which doctor i need to see first, how is better start look for right specialist, what is my chanses. Thank you very much.

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Post by melinda:) » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:46 am

sometimes you need a referal to see a re (reprodutive encronolgist) but you could prolly reasearch on the computer for ivf clinic the just call to set up an appt!!!!there should be one in your area!!!!

good luck melinda
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Post by Fasolka » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:58 am

Thank you, Melinda :). so, if i get it right, the doctors work like a team of different specialist, or i guess, i need to do research just for ivf specilist, i was doing research, but there is so many different specilaists, and i really need to count all my money. There would be my next question, abouit loans for IVF.. How difficult to get that loan.. But i think first i need to find clinic and doctor, and then, i will have more questions :).

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Post by not hopeless yet » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:40 pm

Good luck with your fertility journey and I'm glad you found this message board! I, too, just found this site and it's really helpful. My advice about your first step in the fertility process is to talk to your primary care physician or OBGYN. They can probably recommend a fertility clinic and start preliminary bloodwork. Once you've met with a fertility doctor, you can find out about costs. Good luck!

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Post by Fasolka » Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:27 pm

Thanks :). Maybe someone can tell which questions should i ask first the ivf specialist.. I mean what we need find out first.. and how long usually (if everything ok and you do not need ane extra special treatment) continues all circle..

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Post by Fasolka » Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:45 pm

I am wondering if anyone can recommend some good IVF clinic in the Chicago area.. Thank you

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Post by esperanza » Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:52 pm

I would ask about the process itself. Usually clinics have classes/sessions specially designed to inform new patience about the process. There, you can learn all kinds of things.

You can also ask about cost, insurance coverage, cost for medications, etc.

I advice you to think about dates when you want to do this because you may have to request time off from work (for testing, treatment, and resting).

The whole process can take quite a bit of time. It all depends on the person. For us (and I didn't need any special treatment, surgery or anything) it has taken about 2 months from beginning to end (we are still in the midst of it!), just the IVF. Previous to that we went through all sorts of testing to determine our problem (we found out that our problem is my fallopian tubes). If we count that, it has been 6 months.

The first thing you should do is tell your regular doctor (ObGYN) and she/he will tell you how to proceed. You can also ask friends around. We got to our Reproductive Endocrinologist because one of our friends recommended him. A Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) will be the right person to guide you through this process.

Best wishes to you!

Just out of curiosity, what is your first language? Mine is Spanish.
me: 33 dh: 40
2 miscarriages (natural pregs. #1 Aug 2006, #2 May 2010)
IVF # 1 jan 08 BFN
FET #1 March 08 BFN
FET #2 July 08 BFP (DD born on April 2009)
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Post by Fasolka » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:02 pm

I lost my topic:))

Esperanza, my first language russian and lithuanian.. :)

Doing my research for the doctor now.. There are so m,any, it is really difficult to decide, who is the one :)

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