Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – when undergoing treatment using donor gametes


With treatment consisting of so many different elements, it is natural to have questions. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you on your journey.

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Frequently asked questions – standard IVF cycle

Can fertility drugs increase my risk of getting cancer?

Ovarian cancer occurs in approximately one in 90 women in the general community and is more common in women who have not had children. Breast cancer occurs in one in 11 women, again being more common in those who have not had children. The variety of medical and surgical treatments, including the drugs used in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), may have unknown long-term effects. Australian cancer registers show no increase in breast or ovarian cancer since IVF treatments began.

Can I take antibiotics or antihistamines?

Usually yes. However, inform your specialist who is prescribing the medication. You may be pregnant and need to ensure that the medications are safe in early pregnancy. Please inform us about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking prior to and during your treatment cycle.

What if I have spotting?

If you notice bleeding in the two weeks after the embryo transfer, continue with your progesterone until the bleeding becomes heavy or a pregnancy test confirms a negative result.

Can an ectopic pregnancy be moved into the womb?

Unfortunately no. It must be removed either medically or by surgery.

What happens if I have a pregnancy in my uterus and in my tube at the same time?

It is rare, but if detected early it may be possible to remove an ectopic pregnancy without disturbing the pregnancy in the uterus.

Should I continue with Synarel (or Lucrin) after starting my FSH injections?

Yes, until the day of hCG or trigger injection. If your Synarel runs out close to the end of the stimulation phase, speak with your fertility nurse before purchasing more medication, and remember to record each spray.

What medication can I take to relieve cramping during my treatment cycle?

Paracetamol is the best option for pain relief. Check with your fertility doctor if pain relief is required.

Can I go straight into another cycle if this one is unsuccessful?

It is recommended that you have a review of your cycle with your specialist after each cycle. It is often advised that you have a month’s break between cycles; however, your fertility doctor will determine what is best for you.

Can I take other medications/supplements during my IVF treatment?

Always advise your fertility doctor exactly what medications/supplements you are taking as sometimes the effects of these are unknown when combined with IVF medication.

I am scared of the injections, will they hurt?

Be assured that your fertility nurse will give you full instructions on the use of your medication and ensure that you are comfortable with self-injection. The needles used are very fine and should only cause minor discomfort.

How many scans will I need during my cycle?

This depends on your individual cycle and your specialist’s requirements; however, the average would be two to three scans per cycle.

Can I have intercourse during my IVF treatment cycle?

It is recommended that you have only protected intercourse (if applicable) during your cycle.

Can I exercise during my cycle?

It is recommended that any exercise you do during your cycle should be light and low impact, especially after your embryo transfer.

Will I need time off work after an Egg Pick-Up (EPU)?

You will need the full day off work for your EPU as this is a surgical procedure. However, your other appointments should require only minimal time off work.

What is the chance of success?

Success rates vary greatly between individuals so please discuss your chance of pregnancy with your fertility doctor.

When do I collect my medications?

You can collect your medications from the clinic or a nominated pharmacy before the cycle starts. You will be given specific details about the collection of medications from your IVF nurse coordinator.

What time of day should I take my injections?

It really doesn’t matter what time of day, as long as it is at the same time each day.

What if my period commences on the weekend or a public holiday?

This is usually no problem at all. Please phone City Fertility at 8:00am on the next business day to arrange your medication collection appointment.

What if I have left-over frozen embryos after I have finished having my family?

There are a few options for excess frozen embryos. They can be disposed of, donated to another infertile person or donated to City Fertility for training purposes.


Frequently asked questions – donor cycle

To access the answers to our donor cycle FAQs, please visit Addam Donor Bank’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage.


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