The Do’s and Don’ts of IVF
Conceiving a child seems so easy for some couples. Millions of babies are conceived and born naturally each year. However, for some couples, fertility is an issue. Thousands of couples each year seek out in vitro fertilization (IVF) to assist with pregnancy. If you are considering IVF, learn about the do’s and don’ts of this procedure.
• Seek out an assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinic that meets your individual needs. You may have to travel a little further, but select an environment you are comfortable with. It is important that you feel valued, welcomed, and secure in the environment.
• Choose a fertility specialist that is specifically trained and highly qualified. You must be happy with the doctor you choose, so find one who is both personable and skilled.
• Investigate your fertility insurance options. If your insurance covers fertility treatments, shop around to find out which clinic offers the most for what your policy affords.
• Make this a stress-free experience. Stress can further inhibit conception, so you want the IVF process to be as stress-free as possible. Once you begin treatment with the IVF program, see this as a chance to finally conceive. Keep in mind that the road will be difficult to travel, so equip yourselves with coping strategies for dealing with letdowns and mental stress.
• Follow the doctor’s advice. The fertility specialist has years of practice and experience in dealing with infertile couples. Advice he will give includes getting plenty of rest, taking medications as prescribed, and recording important information requested. All of these things contribute to a successful IVF experience.
• Be supportive of one another. Couples who choose IVF have to contend with the disappointment of failed cycles, as well as the letdown of failing conventional pregnancy measures. The potential mother has to deal with much discomfort, inconvenience, hormone fluctuations, and emotional distress. On the same hand, the potential father is faced with financial strain, emotional upheaval, and routine disruption. Remember that you are going through this together and support each other.
• Join an IVF support group. This helps to learn about other couples’ experiences, gain knowledge about the various procedures and methods, and talk with other people who experience similar difficulties along the way.
• Get educated. The more you learn about the IVF process, the more you will feel comfortable about the procedure. Read up on success statistics, study the methods used for egg retrieval and embryo transfer, find out what could go wrong, and discover what will go right.
• Give yourself hope. You wouldn’t be choosing IVF if there were other options. Understand that this procedure has been around a long time and has a good track record. This will give you hope through the entire process.
• Avoid listening to other couples’ horror stories and negative reports. Your situation is different than theirs, so understand while it may have took another couple four attempts, you could become pregnant after only one or two attempts (cycles).
• Don’t go over your budget. To cut down on financial stress and cope better, stick to your budget. The fertility clinic staff will help with planning treatments so you will be prepared for the unexpected costs.
• Avoid bailing until it’s time to quit. Explore all options of the IVF process before you choose to stop. If a few cycles do not take, consult the fertility specialist on taking a break before trying again.
• Don’t overlook your general health. Adequate state of health is vital for a viable pregnancy. Eat right, get plenty of rest, and exercise while trying to conceive using IVF.