Hi everyone, recently joined and looking for some advice.
Start our first IVF cycle in a few weeks, I suffer from stage 4 severe endometriosis.
As I'm sure all those starting IVF do, I am worrying about EVERYTHING and don't feel prepared or ready at all.
One issue I'm really stuck with is work. We are very understaffed at the moment. The working environment is incredibly stressful and I'm concerned about the impact this will have on the treatment, especially as I'll need time off for appointments (our clinic is a 3 hour drive away). I'm also really worrying about what to tell my colleagues about the time off I'll be having, particularly since dates can't be predicted. I've always been very open about my endometriosis and laparoscopys I've had the past but no one knows that I've been trying to get pregnant for the last few years.
How much time and at what stage did you take time from work and what did you tell colleagues about your absence? I don't really want to tell more people than I have to about the IVF......