Hi there, I’m 35, ttc#1 and have unexplained infertility. It’s been 2 years of ttc and had loads of tests to no avail so we are being referred for IVF. I’m terrified, I am a total wimp about needles and hospitals and almost faint most times I have blood taken (that’s after 8 weeks of CBT which did really help!) so this is a real challenge for me. I know it’s ridiculous and I know giving birth is way worse and all that, but this is how I feel.
Does anyone have any tips that might help me? I’m not all that worried about self-injecting, for some reason, but the egg retrieval is the thing that is giving me nightmares already. The idea of having a cannula makes me want to cry, and after my HSG which was truly agonising I am also really scared of basically anything involving a speculum. I used to be fine about that type of stuff but that experience has really screwed me up. I’m due a smear soon so will try to use that to regain some confidence as I have always found them ok.
Also any books that anyone could suggest would be v welcome.
Thanks for reading
Good luck and huge respect to all those going through this stuff, it’s so hard