You’re ready to get started! Call the clinic when you get your period, and they will ask you to come into the clinic two days later. At this appointment, you’ll have blood tests and your baseline scan, also known as a ‘day 3 test.’
The baseline scan consists of a transvaginal ultrasound scan that will give your doctor a clear picture of your ovaries, as well as the quantity and quality of your eggs.
In some cases, you may also have a Hysterosalpingogram, in which a specialist injects dye into your uterus (via the cervix). They will then examine your fallopian tubes and look for blockages, and assess your uterine cavity looking for fibroids, scar tissue, and cysts. This scan can also help to assess additional risks and diagnose PCOS.
After these tests, your consultant will speak with you and develop your IVF Protocol, which is your treatment plan going forward. The two most common protocols are called the ‘Long Protocol’ and ‘Short Protocol,’ and your consultant will decide which is best for you, based on your medical history, infertility causes, and age.
They will take your reaction to previous fertility treatment and IVF cycles into consideration. Your consultant will also advise you about the specific fertility drugs you will be prescribed. Many people feel overwhelmed by this vast amount of information, but your consultant will walk you through everything and ensure that you understand.
Never be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to ask in order to feel confident and informed! We recommend keeping track of everything with a diary planner, so that you can remember exactly how and when to take all of your meds.
Most clinics employ an in-house counsellor who is there to help you express your emotions, vent stress, and make informed choices. We recommend that you take full advantage of these counselling services – they can really help put your mind at ease and help your mental health throughout this stressful time.