Once you have had your initial investigations and your consultation, you are ready to book in to start your treatment. To "book in" you simply have to ring us when you start a period. We would request that you call between Monday to Friday and ask to speak to one of our nurses. The admin team will then generate your treatment protocol and consent forms and these will be posted out to you.
The consent forms that you receive will depend on the type of treatment that you are going to have. A covering letter is included which should help you complete them. The nurses will go through this with you and answer any questions that you may have. The consents are legal documents that must be signed before you can start treatment and therefore both partners must be present. It typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour to sign your consents but the nurse will advise you when you call. The consent appointment is an opportunity to go through any outstanding questions you may have and for the nurse to teach you drug administration. At the end of the consent appointment the nurse will give you dates in which to start your treatment.
The drugs that we use to control and stimulate the ovaries are outlined in your Treatment Protocol. In IVF we have to stop you ovulating and stimulate the ovaries to collect a number of eggs. There are many ways of doing IVF but at Nurture we typically use 2 treatment protocols: the long protocol and the short "antagonist " protocol. In the long protocol we "switch the ovaries off" prior to stimulation with FSH injections. In the short antagonist protocol, this step is omitted and stimulation is started early in the menstrual cycle. A second drug, the antagonist, is added during the stimulation phase to stop ovulation.
The choice of protocol will be discussed with you at your consultation. There are different reasons for choosing these protocols but ultimately it will come down to what is likely to be the most successful but also what is safe for you.
It is important to remember that not everyone follows the same journey as we tailor treatment to individual needs. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us for further advice.