I just realised that I had never made any conclusion/closure on my IVF treatment last year. For those who had been tru it, you know how emotional the journey was and how sad you were when your result was BFN (I totally broke down when I got the result. Can refer to April/Early May 2012 posting on my IVF experience...malas nak tepek link kat sini... heheheheh).
When the IVF date was confirmed, I started to search/google all info that I can get about it. From how the IVF process were, until the reading of true experience of other ladies out there who brave themselves to bear all the pain. But most of my reading was from blog/experience of ladies from overseas. Not much from Malaysian ladies and if there is any, just a number who had recorded their journey in detail. That was when I decided to keep my IVF journey as detail as possible. At least it can be as a reference for other ladies out there, if they needed it. And at that time, I also was hopeful that my fellow TTC friends would pray for me as well. (Pls do know that your support and doa during that time was really appreciated as it really helped me motivating myself and picking up the pieces when I got the BFN result).
Anyway, what can I share about IVF ni ya??? If it is to summarised in one word i think the most important thing is 'expectation'. Reading all blogs and experiences that had positive result has somewhat throw me into positive vibe and with all the positive progress I got carried away thinking 'finally....'. But as you know the result was otherwise. That was my biggest lesson learnt as I was blown away by the negative result. Pls remind yourself not to get carried away as you have equal chances of positive or negative result. You must be cautious and be prepared for the worst. In the end, we can try and try and try... but Allah is the one who Granted the wish - To be or Not To be. Banyakkan doa and berserah pada Allah. Kita dah usaha, maka berdoalah kemudian tawakkal. Allah knows what is the best for us.
Other than that, I would encourage you to read all the experience of others who had gone thru the process. Understand what is the side effect of IVF and what can be possibly went wrong with IVF cycle. This is also to prepare your expectation and it is a preparation just in case the same happend to you.
Pls do not hesitate to ask your doctor about anything u wanna ask. regardless if it sounds stupid pun. Who knows, the question that we thought stupid would actually save your life. Usually during IVF cycle your doc will give you his/her direct contact number for any emergency. U know la kan...bila dah banyak drugs used to stimulate your ovaries, there is possibility of over stimulation (Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrom) that can put your life in danger. Always be aware of your body's changes (bloating, nausea, susah nak bernafas etc ) coz it may shows OHSS symptom.
How about the cost? Well... it would depend on your reaction to the stimulation. Lagi banyak ubat, lagi naik la costnya... Kat private, mahal la sikit sbb ubat tak subsidised. If you choose to do with government, cost kurang but be prepared to be in waiting list (if any - may be somebody can verify this coz i x pernah buat IVF ngan gomen). However, my personal opinion, if you can afford to go to private, and u doesn't mind the cost, pegi la private. At least you can help your other TTC fellow friend yg nak pi buat treatment at government (esp yg ada cost constraint) so that they would not have to wait long in the list to start treatment. I dunno, this is my humble opinion. Others might disagree. If you want to know how much the cost of my last IVF, pls e-mail me. I'll share the details (baru finalised figure last week.... huhuhuhuh....lama betul amik masa!).
Oh ya... talking about ubat, don't forget to bring cooler bag ya bila u ambil ubat stimulation from your doc/hospital. Ubat2 ni kena dalam keadaan sejuk. Usually, doc/hospital akan bekalkan ice pack untuk keep temperature of cooler bag to rendah. Sampai umah, terus masuk peti ais ya...letak kat tempat sayur tu pun ok. Ice pack yg diberi tu, boleh simpan...just in case nak guna lagi untuk nxt IVF (huhuhuhu...be cautious, remember!).
Masa 2WW tu, rancang la apa u nak buat... nak baca buku ka...nak tgk TV ka...but jgn buat aktiviti yg mencabar fizikal ya... like senam2 berat tu... Take this time to berehat sepuas-puasnya and being pampered by your hubby (this is a must! bila lagi nak manja over2 ya tak?). No stress2 ya... Banyakkan zikir, selawat and tenangkan hati dgn membaca al-Quran.
I think tu je so far... may be others yg dah pernah buat IVF can share your own experience and take away/lesson learnt as well. Pls drop by kat ruangan comment ya....