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General Anaesthetic for FET

Hi Ladies, I had my endo scratch yesterday which was a little painful, but generally I always find it painful everytime I have a transvaginal scan, smear tests, swabs etc and ivf injections even caused me severe pain in week 2. The pain is due to my endometriosis. My fet is in May and my fertility dr has suggested that I have general anaethestic when having my transfer as this will mean I wont go through the pain whilst they transfer. Even though I have to pay an additional £400 for this, I don't mind, but I would like to know from any of you ladies on here if you have had a general anaethestic transfer before and what your experiences were like? A part of me feels like I am putting my body through a general again (have had about 7 ga's throughout my life) and not knowing if this could effect my chances of success with transfer and the other part of me is thinking this is better for me as I won't feel the pain and wont be tense. Any advice would be great.

Thank you Chrys x

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Hi Cryst41.

I’m also a fellow endometriosis sufferer and I also find simple procedures such as pelvic examinations severely painful; my endo is in pod, so I emphasise completely.

But if it was me facing that decision I’d go for the general anaesthetic., I know I couldn’t manage to do it without one but that’s me. I don’t think it would good to in such a high level of pain when your embryo has just been put in; I know for most women that isn’t the case but for us endometriosis ladies it is. Good luck 😊 xoxo

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Hi Jess thanls for your reply. Hope you are ok on your journey and battling through this awful condition that we have. Like you i go through pain with endo and i think i may struggle during transfer as i am not sure how much prodding and poking they do. I asked the dr what other women do, he said my case is different and i am not like other women, so I guess its an individual choice. Xx

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Hey.

Does your clinic offer sedation? Might be better for you than having the full general.

Ive had sedation twice now, for egg collection and i didnt remember a thing or feel them doing anything.

Good luck with what you decide xx

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Hello thabk you for your response. I had sedation at egg collection but the dr didnt suggest that for transfer. I think I will ask him. Thank you xx

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Hi there, just wondering does your clinic offer deep sedation as an alternative to general anaesthetic? It might be slightly easier on your body xx

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Hi thank you. I think sedation is easier, i recovered better from sedation after ec, whereas I feel awful after ga and takes ages to recover. I will ask my dr thank yoy xx

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My clinic is giving me sedation for my next transfer due to my previous one being difficult. I'm not sure what drugs are being used etc as I haven't had it yet but u think it's worth doing as I've read that painful transfers can make your uterus reject the embryo! Best of luck xx

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Hi Cinderella, I think thats the prob, we just don't know how difficult it may be, plus our anxiety and bp's running high at transfer. So sedation is not a bad idea. I will question ga over sedation for sure. Thank you. Good luck on your journey too xx

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I have my ET under sedation and would ask about this, much less stress and risk for you body than a general.

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I have endometriosis and PCOS and find all exams including scans very sore. Every procedure I’ve told the doctor doing it, “I have Endometriosis so please be gentle!!” I had a 3d SIS before starting IVF which they made out to be nothing but was so bad and afterwards I was ill for days. .I had my egg collection under sedation and woke up vomiting with pain and was bed bound afterwards. I debated a lot about FET but kind of decided how bad can it be?! I took my mum and my fiance with me for moral support and they kept me talking and laughing and I went in there relaxed (which I think makes all the difference for me) and the nurse was so lovely as well that put me at ease.I didn’t actually experience any pain and was just ever so slightly sore afterwards but just cramp. I think you have to go with what feels right for you and what you know you will be comfortable with. If you want sedation or a ga then go for it. We put our bodies through so much during this process and have ever right to do what is going to work best for us. Good luck xxx

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Thank you, i hope you are doing ok, it is so hard going through what we have to go through. Every bit of this journey is incredibly hard.how you getting on with ivf? Xx

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It is so hard and you are very brave taking it on and getting this far. I am six and a half weeks pregnant and have my first scan at the end of the week. I wish you all the best with your FET x

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Aw thats excellent news, so happy for you. You give us endo sufferers hope. Good luck to you too. Thank you for your well wishes. Stay strong xx

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I had a GA for my transfer and had no issues and was successful in getting a BFP and I’m currently 29 weeks pregnant! I really struggle with any form of internal examination so knew having a GA would be best for me as at least being asleep I’d be at my most relaxed x

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Thanks shanks, feel better reading your reply. I have been googling lots to find out about risks etc, really happy for you and hope all is well on your journey xx

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Hey hun I had my transfer today and I asked for gas and air. It was the best thing ever! I feel anxious and this totally put me at ease. Good luck x

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