Completed medical questionnaire, covering your and your partner’s medical/fertility history will need to be reviewed by our IVF specialists. This form can be downloaded here.
Once you have researched your options, talked to My IVF Alternative and/or other couples that have used our service in the past (some of them provided their contact information on our website under “Testimonials” others are active member of various message boards and some have provided their video testimonial as well). Once you’ve got all of your IVF questions answered, it is time to think about the best 8 to 14 days that would work for you getting pregnant via IVF in Czech. Thanks to our precise and interactive coordination, you need to stay only 8 to 14 days in Czech to complete your In vitro fertilization treatment.
We believe you should decide when you want to get pregnant with IVF. The IVF clinic is assisting patients seven days a week during their treatment as our ovaries don’t work around our clock. ;o) You should see your OB/GYN and inform them that you are attempting pregnancy with IVF as they may do your prenatal check up. You will also need to have your blood tested anytime within the first three days of your cycle (starting from a full bleed) for: AMH, FSH, LH, TSH, E2 and Prolactin. The results should not be more than 6 months old. Please ask your provider for a prescription of two months worth of monophasic birth control pills (each and every active pill has the same amount of hormones in them). Brand doesn’t matter – ask your doctor if s/he could provide you with a free sample. BCP will prepare your body for the IVF treatment and helps with your flight, cycle and IVF treatment coordination as well.
We will need your completed medical questionnaire covering your and your partner’s medical/fertility history. This way your treating doctor in Czech will know how to approach your IVF treatment the best to achieve pregnancy. We will also send you our contract for your review. Once a signed contract is received with a deposit, you will receive our extensive IVF Vacation Traveler’s Manual with tips on how to save even more, learn about low cost airfare and valuable information on vacationing in Czech. At this time, your US coordinator is assigned to you.
Your IVF treating doctor in Czech will put together a stimulation protocol based on your information and your travel dates. Depending on your protocol, the right dosage of your IVF medication is prescribed; we assist you in getting them filled at a low cost pharmacy. Once you receive them, My IVF Alternative coordinator will go over the details of your treatment and medication administration via video conference so that there are no doubts or questions about your ivf medications. When your In vitro fertilization treatment is all set up, you’ll pay the balance. We have also been helping our patients qualify for free medications, saving them additional hundreds of dollars in addition to the great IVF cost saving benefit of having your In vitro fertilization preformed in the Czech Republic (applies only to US citizens/residents with cooperating fertility specialists).
IVF patients can fly to several airports so that you can choose a flight that is the most convenient for you. Of course, flying all the way to your final destination Brno is the easiest way to go but you can look into other airports as well, such as Prague, Bratislava and Vienna. My IVF Alternative hostess in Brno (this service is not included but can be provided upon request), will take you to your hotel and provide you with a cell phone with the most important numbers pre-programmed in it. Including your IVF clinic’s number! Upon request, you can also receive our MP3 player with meditation, created especially for women undergoing IVF treatments, helping you relax even more while on your IVF vacations in Europe.
There are only a few visits to the IVF clinic necessary, leaving you with plenty of time to explore the rest of the Czech Republic or other nearby countries (Austria, Slovakia, Hungary etc.) This is a very comfortable way to be introduced to the Czech culture and experience. At My IVF Alternative we do our best to treat and care for each couple individually, although there will most likely be other couples undergoing their IVF treatment at the same time. We are trying to respect everybody’s privacy but if you request to be known to others, we’ll forward your request to the other couples and we can help you get together. That gives IVF patients the opportunity to share their experience, make friends and really have a great vacation while undergoing In vitro fertilization. Most IVF patients have made a comment that this is a beginning of a great friendship with an extended Czech family.
Your My IVF Alternative coordinator will pick you up at the hotel on the day of your first IVF appointment. No need for translating as the doctors speak English. However, she is still present at your appointments should you need any assistance. At this time, the doctor will check your progress of your stimulation by ultrasound and perform a blood test if necessary. Your medication can be adjusted at this time. You can ask your doctor any questions while at your IVF appointment and you will be instructed when to come back for your follow up visit. After your first appointment at the clinic (or when you feel like it) My IVF Alternative hostess will show you around Brno, pointing out interesting sights or places of interest helping you get more familiar with the city so that you can get around the city on your own. Feel free to discuss your plans for vacationing in Czech, any trips you’d like to take or things you’d like to see while on your IVF vacation.
During your next appointment at the IVF clinic, your progress will again be checked by ultrasound and a blood test if necessary and you’ll be scheduled for your egg retrieval. You will be given a “trigger shot” that needs to be administered precisely at the time the doctor tells you. Male partner should be abstinent from ejaculation for 2-4 days on the day of your egg retrieval. He shouldn’t drink alcohol or smoke since midnight prior to your egg retrieval. Since you will be put to sleep for the time of the egg retrieval, you shouldn’t smoke, eat or drink from midnight prior to your surgery until after your egg retrieval.
On the day of your egg retrieval you will arrive at the IVF clinic, change into a gown and slippers that you bring with you for your own comfort. As you are undergoing your egg retrieval, your partner will provide his sperm specimen. He will then meet you at the recovery room where you can rest. You will be informed on the number of mature eggs retrieved and later that day, they will be fertilized by the ICSI method with your partner’s sperm. It is normal to feel tired; you may experience some menstrual cramping like pain as well. Should you feel bloated, nauseous, vomiting or in severe pain, we ask that you please call us or your IVF doctor’s cell phone.
You can use the provided cell phone to call and check on the progress of your embryos. Based on their development, embryo transfer day will be determined (usually it is a 3 or 5 day transfer). Embryo transfer is a painless procedure and you can view your selected embryos on the screen prior to them being placed into your uterus. Your husband can be present as well. Immediately after the transfer you’ll stay resting for a while and you can listen to relaxing music. Later, you can get back to your normal activities. You don’t have to be bed bound – just no running, jumping, bending, heavy lifting or hot baths after the embryo transfer. Generally, don’t do anything you may regret later.
You can relax when getting on a plane to fly back home as your embryos will not get hurt during your flight! If you had any surplus embryos, we’ll inform you of how many embryos were able to be frozen and we’ll be available via e-mail or phone to talk or provide you with any type of support we possibly can during the long and very hard two weeks’ wait! We’ll keep you in our prayers and our fingers crossed for a positive pregnancy test!