Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Fertility Unit
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Day 1 of my cycle?
Answer:
Day one is calculated from the first full day of your period, with heavy bleeding that starts before midday; so for timing purposes, you can ignore spotting or light menstrual bleeding

How long will a stimulated cycle take?
Answer:
This will depend on the type of treatment you are having and your individual response to the medication. On average it takes between 10-16 days of FSH injections before the egg collection procedure takes place. Then there's about 12-16 days before your period is expected

How long can embryos be frozen for?
Answer:
Theoretically forever, but our accreditation body, RTAC, states that the maximum period of time that embryos should normally be cryostored is 10 years.

Can I have sex during my treatment cycle?
Answer:
We advise patients on a stimulated cycle to abstain from intercourse after starting FSH injections up until 2 days after the egg collection. The reason is that stray sperm and a stray egg left over from your pick-up could add up to an unplanned multiple pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy. If you are commencing a frozen cycle we advise that you speak with one of the nursing staff.

This is all a bit of a dilemma, because its still best for your partner to have an ejaculation, or ejaculations around the time of your trigger to make sure the sperm is fresh for your egg retrieval (OPU).

Can I still exercise during treatment?
Answer:
We ask that you avoid strenuous exercise. It elevates your core body temperature and, especially following your OPU, it shakes up your ovaries and could lead to more swelling or bleeding than usual. Likewise avoid saunas and very hot baths.

Will stress affect my chance of pregnancy?
Answer:
Luckily there is no indication or research evidence that stress negatively affects the chance of pregnancy with IVF.  But the more stressed you are, the more difficult the experience of IVF is likely to be. Remember the counsellor can assist you with ways to manage stress during this difficult time.