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Hi I new to all of this. I have my first app next Monday to discuss the IVF I will be starting after ttc for 3 years. I was just wondering does everyone get put on the contraceptive pill before starting the IVF?

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I didn't I just started injections when I started my period.

I had to ring them as soon as I started and went in on day 3 for a scan as I started on the weekend otherwise would have been day 2 and then after they scanned me I started the injections.

Hope your appt goes well xx

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Thanks so much for your reply. That's good to know. Can I ask was you on the short protocol? I'm a bit confused with how they decide which protocol they put you on.

Thanks hopefully will have more of an idea by next Monday xx

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I was on the short protocol but have no idea how they decide. I do have polycystic ovaries so they have to keep the dose of the injections low for me and slowly upped them just so I didn't develop ovarian hyperstimulation xx

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Hi love welcome!

It depends on what protocol you are on. If short you don't do the pill it's just straight into injections xx

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Hi there

I was on the long protocol. 3 weeks of the pill before injections started

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Hi I'm on the short protocol (low AMH), and I've been put on a drug to control my periods- norethisterone. Please do keep an open mind as every clinic do it differently and no 2 people are the same. Fingers crossed for you.x

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I found it all very confusing and was t really sure what protocol I was on..now know it was long..I wasn't put on pill and I have low amh..so very confused as KeeKee21 abive was in shirt protocol with low amh and it seems 2nd time around they doing same protocol however this time I have a list of questions. Good luck xxx

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Hi Vic,

Honestly I think every clinic do it differently. My clinic stated if you have an AMH lower than 8 you do the short protocol, but I think different clinical commissioning groups for each area set their own criteria.

Please contact your clinic and they should be able to justify why they have picked a certain protocol for you.

Plus I have other issues, so they need to look at the whole picture before making a decision.

All the best to you. x

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Hey there! I was on the short protocol and most aggressive dose last time so no pill and straight into injections at the start of af.

As I responded well with no crazy side effects they're repeating it next time but they're adding baby aspirin to prevent further miscarriage.

Pre ivf I bought a book called 'Get a Life: a His and Hers Guide to Surviving Ivf'. It follows a real couples' experiences from both the male and female perspective, explains all the terminology, what to expect and what questions to ask. I'd highly recommend. ;-)

Best of luck to you. Xx

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Hi

I agree every clinic must be different as Im on short protocol but I was put on the pill from sunday just gone to last night as my clinic will always start you injecting on a Thursday Friday or Saturday (something to do with when they will do egg collection and transfer on specific days) I start my first injections tonight and have a scan booked next wed to check on progress. As soon as they know they will tell you which protocol your on and wen you will start etc ️xx

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Thank everyone for your comments. My app is Monday so I will be able to find out more. I guess I was kind of hoping I wouldn't have to take the pills and get straight into it as it seems like Iv been waiting forever. But I know what ever they decide will be for the best. Good luck to everyone x

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