WHAT TO WEAR?
- No limitations to what you may choose to wear
DO I NEED AN EMPTY BLADDER AND BOWEL?
- We recommend, in the interest of your comfort, that you visit the bathroom prior to having your Trillium device inserted.
HOW LONG WILL I BE AT THE CLINIC?
- As each clinic varies, it is best to ask your clinic staff about when you will need to arrive and when you will be ready to leave. As a guide, by the time you arrive the sperm (whether from your partner or a donor) will have been prepared in readiness for your treatment. Sperm preparation can take around an hour. Your actual procedure will take around 15 minutes.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE?
- Trillium is similar to a regular IUI procedure and is less invasive than other fertility treatments such as IVF and ICSI. The process is similar to that encountered at other routine examinations, such as a pap smear. A thin catheter is placed into the uterus. This is generally a simple and quick process.
- As with similar procedures, you may experience mild cramping. Your doctor may suggest that you take a mild pain reliever to minimize this.
- Once the device is in place, the doctor will note the “Start Time” and “End Time” and will talk you through the simple process of removing the device after four hours. You will be given a copy of the start and end times and instructions for removal, as a reminder.
WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR THE NEXT FOUR HOURS?
While you are free to drive and walk around, we recommend that you relax in a comfortable position for the duration of the 4-hour treatment.
- You should try to avoid sudden vigorous movement while the TRILLIUM process is in progress.
- You can visit the bathroom, but we recommend that, in order to minimize any risk of infection, you avoid bowel movement, if at all possible.
- Physical exercise and intercourse should be avoided until the device has been removed.
HOW DO I REMOVE THE DEVICE?
The Doctor will have described the process to you and provided a copy of the “Instructions for Removal”
- Reach into the vagina and slowly and gently withdraw the catheter.
- Place the entire device in the disposal bag supplied and discard it in the normal household waste.
**The device and catheter should no be put with waste for recycling.
In the unlikely event, you do experience any issues during the use or removal of your TRILLIUM device, you should contact the clinic for advice.
WILL I NOTICE ANY SIDE EFFECTS AFTERWARDS?
- Any side effects are likely to be very minor. These may include spotting and mild cramping. There is a very small risk of infection following any procedure of this nature. If you notice any abnormal bleeding (other than spotting) or if you feel unwell, you should telephone the clinic for advice.