How can we stay organized during IVF?
1. Create a cheat sheet (or binder!)
Before you begin your cycle, build a sheet, folder or binder just for fertility stuff, and bring it with you to every appointment.
Not sure where to start? Here are some of the key things that might be helpful to include.
- Create a straightforward calendar, mapping out each milestone, from medications to appointments, and update it as you go.
- Break down your stims schedule into bite-sized, easy-to-follow segments, noting dosages and specific timings. Color-coding can help to add visual cues.
- Include any educational pamphlets, emergency contact numbers and your clinic’s address – a simple but crucial detail for your own peace of mind.
You could even jot down some self-care reminders to nurture your emotional well-being, too. Whatever resonates with you.
2. Master your IVF medication organization
Creating a dedicated space – a medication station, as some call it – can be a game changer when it comes to your IVF medication organization.
You’ll have more than a few needles, pens and other drugs to store, so label your medications clearly and arrange them by dosage and schedule, if you can. You may have to order additional meds later in your cycle, so understanding your working inventory is key.
Having one bin for meds that need to be kept in the fridge, and one for room-temperature storage is a good idea, too. MyVitro’s Essential IVF Support Kit comes with both a Fertility Caddy for your room temperature meds, as well as a Fridge Box for those that need to stay cold.
For extra support, we love MyVitro’s IVF Organizer and Shot Station bundle for providing a structured system to corral vials, syringes, and instructions seamlessly. There’s a clear calendar holder to see your treatment plans at-a-glance, as well as an injection preparation Shot Station, for assembling needles, sterilizing your injection spot, and mixing necessary medications.
Finally, lean on a daily checklist (you can download apps that help you with this, too) and tick off each shot, step by step.
Note – If you ever feel stuck with anything related to storage, timings or dosage, do chat with your IVF doctor or pharmacist.