Infertility

How to keep track of IVF

December 1, 2010

For those of you wondering how to keep track of the massive quantities of drugs that you’ll be taking, the answer is simple –a spreadsheet.  I use Google Docs because then I can access it from anywhere, including on my Droid.   Which, I have whipped out at the doctor’s office before when I was unable to answer a question.

I’ve blurred out most of my notes, but I keep doctor appointments and results here, along with my observations.  I could not get through a cycle without this spreadsheet.

View the spreadsheet and make a copy.  (Go to File, Make a Copy)

Also, it’s been really helpful for me to look back at previous cycles to see when certain things happened so I would have an idea of the timeline for the current cycle.

Google Calendar

Another great way of keeping track of things is with Google Calendar.  You can create a separate calendar just for “fertility” and make notes about your cycle there, even when you’re not in the middle of IVF.  This is especially useful if you’re already using Google Calendar.  Then, you can hide that calendar if you want.

 

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  • Hey Whitney!

    I love the Google spreadsheet and calendar idea. I have always used the paper one they give me and by the end of the cycle it looks like a ragged torn up thing because I have folded it up, unfolded it, put it in my purse, spilled things on it, etc.

    I will have to figure out just how to use it when I start my next cycle!

  • WOW- YES THIS IS GREAT- ANYTHING YOU CAN EMAIL WOULD BE SUPER HELPFUL. i AM JUST BLOGGING ABOUT MY VENTS AND FEARS IF ivf. BUT YOUR BLOG HAS ALREADY GOT BE STARTED TO GET READY AND ORGANIZED. THESE ARE THINGS i HAVE NOT EVEN THOUGHT OF.

  • Whitney Anderson

    Marilyn,

    I have shared the doc with you. Just go to File, Save a copy and then edit it according to your needs/meds/etc.