The Do’s and Don’ts of IVF

One common procedure used for assistive reproductive therapy is in vitro fertilization (IVF). This process involves a complex series of procedures used to assist with pregnancy. IVF is used when infertility issues arise, or when a couple has certain genetic problems. Learn about the dos and don’ts of IVF.

 

Dos

  • Cut down on stress. Once you begin treatment in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) program, you should remain stress-free and have a positive outlook. Seek out emotional support and use adequate coping strategies.
  • Seek out a suitable IVF clinic that suits you. Find a fertility center that has a comfortable environment and makes you feel welcomed.
  • Understand the IVF process. During IVF, the woman’s eggs are retrieved from the ovary in a process called egg retrieval. The intended father’s sperm, or sperm from a donor, is used to fertilize the eggs. Once embryos develop, one or more are implanted into the uterus. A complete IVF cycle takes around two weeks.
  • Choose skilled and knowledgeable fertility specialists. Be sure that the physicians are specially-trained in reproductive medicine. The doctors should have the expertise and experience needed to help you.
  • Join a support group. To get more familiar with the in vitro fertilization process, join a support group and talk to other people. This is a good way to learn more about the various procedures and share experiences.
  • Participate in psychological counseling. The fertility center will offer psychological services to help couples cope with fertility issues and the multitude of emotions involved in the in vitro fertilization process.
  • Check out infertility insurance options. Before considering in vitro fertilization, choose an insurance policy that helps with the costs of these procedures.
  • Follow the doctor’s advice. This involves getting plenty of rest, eating appropriately, and taking medicines as prescribed.
  • Get educated on the IVF procedure. The more you know, the less stress you are under. Knowing about statistics can help you make an informed decision about the various aspects of IVF.

 

Don’ts

  • Don’t overextend your budget. If you have a set amount of money reserved for in vitro fertilization, don’t go over this budget. Save in advance for your IVF treatments, and re-evaluate your budget as you go along through the process.
  • Don’t listen to negative people. Every couple’s situation and case is different. Another couple may have not had success, but their circumstances may be unlike yours.
  • Don’t neglect your general health. Many people get so caught up with getting pregnant that they neglect their health. Continue to eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest during the IVF process.
  • Don’t give up after one failed cycle. Some couples must undergo multiple IVF cycles before achieving pregnancy.
  • Don’t ignore the fertility specialist’s advice. These doctors have had years of education and experience in assistive reproductive technologies (ART). Your ultimate source of information is the fertility specialist, so listen to what he has to say.
  • Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. These toxins and agents can interfere with maintaining a pregnancy. IVF is costly and time-consuming, so don’t mess up the chance for pregnancy with substance use/abuse.
  • Don’t use a hot tub or sauna after embryo transfer. This raises body temperature and could cause miscarriage.
  • Don’t proceed with IVF without knowing the risks. IVF does have some risks to consider. These include multiple births, premature delivery, low birth weight of baby, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, birth defects, procedure complications (infection, nerve injury, blood vessel damage, and bleeding, and increased stress.