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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009

So we notified UCSF we were ready to get started with the IVF process. We had questions, but wanted to go to the Orientation, see how many were answered there, then follow up with Dr. F. A few days later we received a large manila envelope in the mail with our startup goods:

  • Orientation confirmation
  • IVF prep checklist
  • Set of prescriptions for both hubbo and I
  • Blood work order for both hubbo and I

Holy Cow! It was really a lot to take in. And honestly, coming as a checklist, not enough explanation for me. There was some explanation as to when some of the tests needed to be complete, but not others. I didn’t hesitate to call our coordinator Janet for questions. We are developing a very good relationship over the phone!

I’ll scan the checklist so you can see what there is, but a quick recap:

Bloodwork—Female

  • Rubella
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Infectious disease screening (HIV-1, RPR, VDRL for Syphillis, Hep B surface antigen, Hep C antibody and HTLV I/II Ab) NOTE: This test is absolutely mandatory before you can proceed by federal to protect the lab employees handling sperm, eggs and embryos.
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • CBC with platelets
  • Fasting Glucose
  • TSH or Prolactin Levels
  • Cycle Day 3 FSH and Estradial
  • Blood type and RH Screen
  • Fasting Lipid Panel

Bloodwork—Male

Infectious disease screening (HIV-1, RPR, VDRL for Syphillis, Hep B surface antigen, Hep C antibody and HTLV I/II Ab) NOTE: This test is absolutely mandatory before you can proceed by federal to protect the lab employees handling sperm, eggs and embryos.

Testing—Female

  • Pap Smear
  • Baseline Ultra Sound
  • Saline Sonogram

Testing—Male

  • Semen Analysis with Strict Morphology

Medications—Female and Male

  • Multi Vitamin with Omega 3 and Folic Acid for female
  • Doxycycline Pre-treatment (this is a one time 10 day anti-biotic treatment, as long as you remain monogamous, to be taken twice daily at the start of menses.

PHEW!!! All of this, plus the orientation and a financial consultation need to be completed prior to even starting hormone therapy.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 200

I have never been SO excited to get my period. My husband, not so much. Before we started TTC, I was on continuous bcp, so we never had a break. THEN, when we were really trying naturally, we were on it all the time. POOR GUY. Do any of you really feel for him? No, I don’t either. 🙂 I do love him more than anything, though. Like I said before, even more than the Valentino handbag I want 🙂

As instructed, I called our coordinator, Janet {we LOOOOVE her} and got our instructions:

  1. Day One: Begin taking the Doxycycline
  2. Day Three: I needed to have all bloodwork done (dude, that is a lot of blood)
  3. Day Seven: We scheduled the saline sonogram

Okay, I feel like I am on my way. Happiness.

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