These are the things I wish I had known prior to starting IVF. Some of them are just general tips for IVF and others are specific to the clinic. Ah, the beauty of hindsight!
- My number 1 recommendation is to find support from others who have been to the clinic. There is an amazing Facebook group called “Reprofit Brno International Support Forum”. I learnt so much from the group and the women (and men) in it are incredibly supportive. There is also a “Reprofit Cycle Buddies thread” on the Fertility Friends site.
- Have low expectations and high hopes. I really wish I had prepared myself for this. I was quite naive as a newbie.
- You might have to share a room with someone else after egg retrieval. And if this happens then your partner can’t come into the room. I had this happen once and was a little shocked. It was completely fine and I had a lovely chat with her, just a little unexpected.
- Your experience after egg retrieval can vary. The first time I was relatively pain-free. The second time I found it really difficult to walk or move easily for about 4/5 days.
- Advocate for yourself. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions. I found that the doctors were very efficient when doing scans but they also didn’t give me loads of information. So the next scan I came armed with a notebook/pen and loads of questions. They were happy to answer everything.
- The clinic doesn’t push any add-ons onto you. I think that is great as it shows they aren’t in it just for the money. You need to research for yourself and speak to your coordinator if you do want any add-ons. (Eg, embryo glue, time-lapse incubator, PICSI etc). You can see a list of all their add-ons here.