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Before Starting IVF

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting IVF

| 30 Nov 2023 | 10650 Views |

Introduction

If you’re considering IVF, you’re probably feeling a lot of different emotions. Excitement, hope, anxiety, and uncertainty are all common. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and there are many resources available to help you through this journey.

In this blog post, we’ll share 10 things we wish we knew before starting IVF. We hope this information will help you feel more prepared and confident as you begin your journey to parenthood.

1. IVF is a complex and expensive process.

It’s important to be realistic about the cost of IVF. The average cost of a single IVF cycle in India ranges from ₹2 lakh to ₹5 lakh. And while there are some government subsidies available, they may not cover the entire cost of treatment.

In addition to the financial costs, IVF can also be emotionally and physically draining. It’s important to have a strong support system in place before you start treatment.

2. There are no guarantees with IVF.

IVF is a very effective treatment for infertility, but it’s not a guarantee of success. The success rates of IVF vary depending on a number of factors, including the age of the woman, the cause of infertility, and the quality of the embryos.

It’s important to be prepared for the possibility that your IVF cycle may not be successful. And if you don’t get pregnant on your first try, don’t give up. Many couples need multiple IVF cycles to achieve pregnancy.

3. IVF can be a roller coaster ride.

The IVF process is full of ups and downs. You’ll experience moments of great hope and excitement, as well as moments of disappointment and despair. It’s important to be patient and stay positive throughout the journey.

It’s also important to remember that you’re not alone. There are many other couples going through the same thing. You can find support from online forums, in-person support groups, and your fertility clinic team.

4. You’ll need to be organized and disciplined.

IVF is a very time-consuming and demanding process. You’ll need to be organized and disciplined in order to stay on top of all the appointments, medications, and injections.

It’s a good idea to create a calendar or spreadsheet to track your progress. You should also keep a journal to document your thoughts and feelings throughout the journey.

5. You’ll need to take care of yourself.

It’s important to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally during IVF. Make sure to eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. It’s also important to find healthy ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature.

It’s also important to be kind to yourself. IVF can be a tough journey, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed or emotional at times. Allow yourself to feel your feelings, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

6. It’s important to have a supportive partner.

IVF is a journey that is best experienced with a supportive partner. Make sure to communicate openly and honestly with each other about your thoughts and feelings. Support each other through the ups and downs of the process.

7. Your family and friends may not understand.

It’s important to remember that not everyone will understand what you’re going through with IVF. Some people may be insensitive or offer unsolicited advice. It’s important to have a thick skin and to surround yourself with people who are supportive and understanding.

8. IVF can be a lonely journey.

Even if you have a supportive partner and family, IVF can still be a lonely journey. You may feel like you’re the only one going through this. But it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are many other couples going through the same thing.

There are many online forums and in-person support groups where you can connect with other couples going through IVF. It can be helpful to talk to people who understand what you’re going through and can offer support and advice.

9. It’s okay to take a break.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or emotionally drained, it’s okay to take a break from IVF. There’s no shame in taking a break to focus on your mental and emotional health.

10. Have realistic expectations.

It’s important to have realistic expectations about IVF. While it’s a very effective treatment, it’s not a magic bullet. There is no guarantee of success, and you may need to undergo multiple cycles before you achieve pregnancy.

It’s also important to remember that IVF is just one part of the journey to parenthood. Even if you’re successful, you may face other challenges along the way, such as miscarriage or premature birth.

Conclusion

IVF can be a challenging but rewarding journey. With careful planning, realistic expectations, and a strong support system, you can increase your chances of success and achieve your dream of parenthood.

About The Author
Dr. Richika Sahay

MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst & Gyne), MNAMS, MRCOG (London-UK), Fellow IVF, Fellow MAS, Infertility (IVF) Specialist & Gynae Laparoscopic surgeon,[Ex AIIMS & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi]. Read more

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