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    Has anyone quit there job or downscaled whilst undergoing fert treatments?



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    Hi Kim, I haven't quit or downscaled because of treatments (am only doing blood test monitored clomid at the moment) but I do only work 2 days a week which makes life much easier when scheduling appts, blood tests etc.

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    We moved to a slower paced state and I gave work up from full time to becoming a housewife and I still didn't get pg naturally (I've got endo & 1 blocked tube & the other tube on its way). So IVF will commence end of next month. I would go part-time or stop completely if you can afford it. My stress levels have dropped drastically since stopping work.

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    Hi Kim,I only work casual approx 20 hours a week.I am able organise appointments around the times I work. I'm only having blood tests atm and seeing gyn/ob each 4 to 6 weeks.

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    I took some time off without leave while doing my last cycle. And then went back part time. Even though I am not doing any more cycles for a little while - for me it has been more of a mental saviour - especially with the tonnes of pg bellies at my work place!

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    Hi Kim

    DH and I run our own business so although I didnt downscale as such it was easy enough for me to take time off when I needed it.

    Are you thinking of making changes at work??

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    Yeh, same as Keen- There are 2 pregnant and two trying at my workplace so im thinking i need to avoid that kind of situation if I can help it- it's a bit sad when your thinking of leaving work because you can't face pregnant woman anymore!

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    Oh Kim and Keen... I am with you there! My work involves some time at playgroups.... you can imagine the pregnant mums with their other 2 kids still there at p/group (ie. 3 under 4).

    I quit my job last year because I thought the stress of it was affecting ttc.... when it was really a combo of PCOS (still got periods, so thought I was ovulating) and male factor. Am quitting my current job (only work a few days a week now) at the end of this year as well - partly due to preggie mum factor.

    So I'll be looking for another job that doesn't involve so much work with preggie mums and their kids.

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    I was working in the health department for 12 years, hoping to get pregnant so I could take advantage of the maternity leave...and then I was going to leave...

    But after 2 years of TTC-ing, I decided to give up my job...realised it was silly staying at a job I was burning out from just to have 6 weeks of paid leave...

    So I started up my own private practice a year ago...we're still TTC...but it's so much better having flexible working hours to fit appointments in with...

    I still work 4 days+ but they are not always full days...

    I work with kids so I do find it hard...especially when some parents say "you only understand if you have kids...do you have kids?"

    Ahhhh...

    All the best...

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    Nope, something has to pay for the IVF treatment lol. I have to admit my work hasd been great with my treatments and understand, as my RE and nurse say there is no proof that cutting hours back etc will help in any way.

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    Shazz.
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    I cut back to six 8 hour shifts a fortnight, mainly because my clinic was 4 hours from where we lived. But my work was very understanding anyway... however there were 2 pregnant girls there, both fell whilst i was undergoing treatment... one was extremely sensitive to my needs and told me she was pregnant before anyone else, and the other just blurted it out to me, but she is a little bit of a dophus so i forgave her anyway... but basically it was great...We have sinced moved, and i now only work casual.. approx 24 hours a week. Being in a new area, people say 'have you got kids?'... I just say 'No we can't have kids' saves further embarrasment and any questions... of course this is not overly true even though i do have endo.... this has never been the verdict from my specialists....

    love leis xx

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    I considered cutting back, and I had a huge vent a while ago about how my work reacted when I told them I needed time off to do IVF, basically their view was it was not a medical procedure but a "personal aspiration".

    I look at it now from a different point of view, I figure that the money is good and it keeps me occupied although on some days I am completely stressed out. DH and I have put a baby savings budget into place and I am coasting along one day at a time and saving all the money I make for further IVF and when our baby finally makes an appearance.

    For our treatments etc I just tell them when I need an appointment. I am having my pickup tomorrow so I have arranged to have Mon to Wed off without pay and this seems to keep them happy (I am out of sick leave at the moment anyway).

    I must admit I am changing a bit with my tolerance to prg women. There are three in my department expecting and another 4 or so at work as well. All my friends have had babies this year and I must admit I have gone from a place where I was really angry at the world to being genuinely and really happy for them. They have all had such beautiful babies and I can't help falling in love with them all...I think I am a bit soft in the head LOL

    My only advice would be to really tread carefully if you think about telling work about your circumstances, while some bosses are understanding, not all are...believe me.

    Best of luck with your treatment.

    Ps I work very close to my clinic so it's easy to get an early morning appointment and I have been late to work once in the whole of my treatment, they usually see me at 7am or at lunch time so it's really convenient
    Last edited by ~Jane~; October 22nd, 2006 at 09:45 AM. Reason: forgot to mention something

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    I haven't been able to cut back as we need the money to pay for IVF! However, I have been lucky in that my boss is flexible. She has just asked me to keep track of my hours and work it all out at the end, if I owe hours or want unpaid leave etc.. Thankfully I have been able to get early morning appts at the clinic (which is only 10 minutes from work) and am at work an hour early on those days so I am ahead in hours if anything. When I go in for pick up/transfer I will take sick leave for that. I just put my head down each day and concentrate on getting to 5pm!

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    No worked while doing IVF and all went ok for me.

    Now second atemp for me and not working this time so lets see how it goes..

    I have rested more with the ET

    Missy

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    Kim.b

    I use to be a business Manager with a large retail company until my FS told me that if I wanted to get pregnant I had to consider giving up my career and I worked 60-70 hours a work and was driving a 2 hour round trip to the clinic for blood test evry second or third day. I was always tried, grumpy and run down.

    So I stepped down and become a part time employee, was it hard YES but every one at work know why I did it and there was only one or two people that gave me a hard time and we struggled with the money side of things but we learnt to make do with what we had and know I don't even miss it.

    I now have no resonsabllity at work and I take all the time off that I need for IVF and my boss is very understanding.

    I would not change anything for the world, even though I am not pregnant yet I get to see my family more and have a lot more time with my husband it is great.

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