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FAQs

Before treatment

Q. Will I be tested for smoking at anytime?
A. Yes you will be tested for carbon monoxide at certain intervals during your each treatment cycle. Both partners must be smoke free before and during treatment.

Q. Will my BMI be checked at anytime?
A. Yes we will check your BMI at regular intervals throughout each treatment cycle.

Q. What times can I phone to ask advice? 
A. You can call at anytime during the department’s opening times, however there may not always be someone available to speak to you at this time, please leave a message on the voicemail and someone will return your call.

Q. Do I need to attend the department every day for injections?
A. The daily injection is easy to administer and a nurse will teach you how to do them. We will also provide details of how to access further instructions on injection techniques electronically such as you tube.

Q. Are the injections painful?
A. Patients do not complain that the injections are at all painful.

Q. Is the egg retrieval procedure painful?
A. Patients are given sedation by anaesthetists prior to the egg retrieval procedure and should therefore be very comfortable throughout the procedure.

Q. Do I need to take time off work?
A. You will require the day of your egg retrieval off work and some time to have your embryo transfer. However, if you feel well you can go to work normally at any other time.

During treatment

Q. Should I contact you if I have a period after my Prostap injection?
A. No, this is normal and should be expected.

Q. Should I contact you if I do not have a period after my Prostap injection?
A. No, attend your next appointment as arranged and you will have an ultrasound scan and blood test to check your hormone levels. You may need some further medication prescribed.

Q. Can I take medication for pain?
A. You should not experience pain prior to egg retrieval and if you do you should contact the department for advice.

Q. Can I continue to have intercourse?
A. Yes, however it is advised to avoid intercourse for around 48hours prior to egg collection in order for your partner to provide a good quality sperm sample if required.

Q. Can I fly?
A. Yes, there is not any evidence that flying affects any aspect of your treatment.

Q. Can I have a dental X-ray?
A. You should inform your dentist you are having fertility treatment and he will advise you accordingly?

Q. Can I colour my hair?
A. Yes, there is not any evidence that colouring your hair affects any aspect of your treatment.

Following Embryo Transfer

Q. Is bed rest recommended following embryo transfer?
A. No, there is not any evidence to suggest that bed rest following embryo transfer improves pregnancy rates.

Q. Can I fly?
A. Yes, there is not any evidence that flying affects pregnancy rates following embryo transfer.

Q. Can I have a dental X-ray?
A. You should inform your dentist you are having fertility treatment and he will advise you accordingly.

Q. Can I colour my hair?
A. Yes, there is not any evidence that colouring your hair affects pregnancy rates following embryo transfer.

Q. If I bleed before my pregnancy test should I contact the department?
A. No, continue with the medication you have been prescribed and perform your pregnancy test on the recommended date. If you have a positive test, then contact the department as we may wish to assess you further.

Q. If I experience any symptoms of Ovarian Hyperstimulation syndrome should I seek medical assistance?
A. Yes, if you have any symptoms of OHSS you should contact the department and we will provide you with advice or arrange for you to attend the department for assessment by one of our doctors.