Jump to content

Pain/discomfort after Egg Retrieval / Transfer?
Will I be okay to drive straight after?


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 tryingforanother

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

Hi,

I'm hoping those with more IVF experience will be able to let me know what to expect.

We have decided to do our first round of IVF starting in February next year.  My DH will be away with work at the time (using frozen sperm) and the clinic is away from my home town (3 hours drive).

I am considering leaving my son in the care of his grandparents in my home town and going solo to the egg retrieval and transfer.  I'm not concerned about having someone there with me, but I was wondering how long (hours?) I would need to stay at the clinic after the egg retrieval and then after the transfer?  Will I be okay to drive, or at least get a taxi back to my hotel?  I will stay at a hotel the day before the egg retrieval and until after the transfer is completed.  I'm also planning to drive back to my hometown (3 hours from clinic) the day after the transfer - is this a bad idea?


How did you feel after each stage in terms of any pain, discomfort etc?



Thanks!

#2 minidiamond

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

I'm not sure if you're aware, but egg pick up & transfer are on different days (sorry couldn't quite tell from your post !)

For egg pick up, it depends on your clinic & their anaesthetic protocol.  I had twilight sedation & was never allowed to drive home, you'd need to take a taxi to the hotel & drive home the following day.  I usually stayed in recovery about 1.5 hours or so, you are likely to bleed a little bit - but I also liked having a nice cup of tea & a biscuit so I took my time!

For transfer, you can walk straight out.  It's like a pap smear. Some people & clinics like to lie down afterwards but I really don't think it would make a difference.  You could drive home that day.

Edited by Liltuss, 14 November 2012 - 06:54 PM.


#3 tryingforanother

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:05 PM

Thanks for your reply, Liltuss :-) Yes, sorry I may not have worded my OP very well.  I am aware that they are 3 - 5 days apart.  


Slightly off topic, is the day of egg retrieval counted as Day 1?


For exampe, if egg retrieval is on Monday afternoon (Day 1), then Day 3 is Wednesday?

#4 luke's mummu

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:08 PM

QUOTE (tryingforanother @ 14/11/2012, 08:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Slightly off topic, is the day of egg retrieval counted as Day 1?


For exampe, if egg retrieval is on Monday afternoon (Day 1), then Day 3 is Wednesday?


Yes it is.



My clinic didn't have the sitting/lying down thing after an embryo transfer - walk straight out the door! My Hubby drove us home (45 mins) and I vomited and had diahorrea afterwards - probably just nerves though.

#5 leathebeezkneez

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:10 PM

Day 1 is the day after egg collection, ie if egg collection is Monday then Tuesday is day 1.  Good luck

#6 Chill-Pill

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:13 PM

Mostly it will depend on the type of anaesthesia they use at the clinic you go to. For egg pick up they will probably ask that you are driven home by a responsible adult and have them stay with you over night. Travelling back the next day should be fine although there is  a slim chance that you could have hyperstimulated and may not feel comfortable in a car for a long period. Although if you have someone with you it may be just as easy to travel home the same day. The general rule of thumb is not to drive for 24 hours after surgery due to the medication, although your clinic may not use general anaesthetics they will probably give you some medication to make you groggy. After pick up you may be in the recovery room for an hour or up to three hours. So allow up to four or more hours from when you arrive to when you will travel home (most clinics have egg pick up early in the morning).

Transfer is usually quick and easy with no need to have someone with you and you could drive yourself home. Again though a small number of clinics do use valium or another similar medication for some transfers so check this first because then you will not be able to drive safely. Some women also experience mild cramping.

I am about 3 hours from my clinic as well and the travel time does make planning difficult. For my own cycles I always travelled home the same day and drove after transfer but not pick up. I had a very low response each cycle though and remained awake during EPU. For those with more follicles the discomfort may be higher. Good luck!

#7 Chill-Pill

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:16 PM

QUOTE (leathebeezkneez @ 14/11/2012, 08:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Day 1 is the day after egg collection, ie if egg collection is Monday then Tuesday is day 1.  Good luck



our clinic also calculates like this. So pick up on Monday would mean a 3 day transfer on Thursday or a 5 day transfer on Saturday. So it is probably worth travelling home and then coming back for transfer.

#8 tryingforanother

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:22 PM

Yeah, I'm thinking it might be worth travelling back home in between.  Just added cost to an already expensive joourney to stay all those nights in between at a hotel!

#9 KDsoon2bmum

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:29 PM

I wouldn't travel home until the day after egg collection. Just to be on the safe side if ur still groggy.. Most clinics would tell u that ur not allowed to drive for roughly 24 hours anyway.
But after transfer u could drive straight home.

#10 hillplain

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:35 AM

HI OP,

Firstly good luck with your cycle nect year. I hope that it is a successful one.

I too travel at least 5 hours to our clinic. I am fortunate that my DH mostly can come with me and (not so fortunate) that we have no dependants other than 22 horses and 14 dogs! Depending on time of EPU we usually stay down the night before as it is usually at 7AM! Then DH drives me home straight after. I have to say that the first EPU was one of the worst trips of my life and the second was a lot better. I have easily driven (1200kms) the next day for work on the second cycle. For ET I have driven down and back the same day on my own without a problem but find that I am often quite tired the next day.
I guess the biggest part of this is that each EPU is different and everyone reacts differently to their anesthetic too. If I was you and had the oportinity to be able to take some time out to relax after EPU then I would take it original.gif

Good luck!

#11 CharliMarley

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:42 AM

Have a nice warm bed with a hot water bottle ready when you get back to where you are staying and I hope everything goes well for you. bbighug.gif

#12 IVF Baby

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:04 AM

For transfer - absolutly, drive work whatever.  It's basically just like a pap smear.

Collection - I wouldn't drive, you would of had a twilight or something similar.  So should take it easy.

Good luck

#13 kiwi-girl

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:35 AM

My collection was done under a general anesthetic - so I wasn't allowed to drive for 24 hours and had to have a responsible adult with me for the rest of that day/night as well. I also know under my car insurance, I was not insured to drive for the 24 hours following collection. I had a fair bit of tenderness following as well. With OHSS, my very first indication came a couple of days after collection when I had bad pain for an evening.

For transfer - was just like a pap smear so up and moving straight away. I went home and rested on the couch though.

The first signs that my OHSS had moved to being severe was 4 days after transfer when I started to get tender/bit ick feeling, the following day I was already a mess with nausea/pain etc.

Edited by kiwi-girl, 15 November 2012 - 10:36 AM.



1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Life with anxiety

At times, I feel pretty worthless. In those moments, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and hide in the dark. I can try to quiet my mind, but it won?t shut up.

IVF leaves woman pregnant with another couple's twins

An Italian woman has been told the twins she is three months pregnant with are not hers.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

What you need for the 'fourth trimester'

In my opinion, the first three months after the birth are the most intense. Here's what got me through that time after welcoming my baby.

Weaning a toddler off a dummy: a 15-day plan

Weaning your child off the dummy can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips to help you through.

Choosing to be a solo parent

Two women share their stories of longing for a baby so much that they each decided not to wait for a partner before becoming a mum.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

Mum's heartbreak as son dies in road accident

Daly Thomas and her two young sons were walking home from church on Tuesday afternoon. Her youngest son never made it.

New Kate Spade baby bag designs

Don?t adjust your screen: this bright beauty is coming to you in full colour.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win the brand new phil&teds vibe

Check out the good looking new release of the Vibe 3 and the Verve 4-wheeler inline strollers. To celebrate their release, we have a Vibe with double kit to give away.

Baby sleep

From birth to one year and beyond, read about baby sleep, soothing techniques, routines, and sleep school experiences.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

7 tips for a kid-free trip, not a guilt trip

Although I?m jumping out of my skin to take my child-free holiday, I?m dreading the goodbye. But I?m determined to make the most of it without tarnishing it with guilt or sadness about leaving the kids.

Itchibubs: clothes for babies and toddlers with eczema

Parents of children who suffer from eczema will know only too well the scratching that occurs around the clock. A new clothing range aims to help make everyone more comfortable.

Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what?s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

Why I loved my third home water birth

After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.

Revealed: 7 ways food marketers try to trick consumers

If you?re confused by food labels, you?re not alone. Next time you?re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.