Things to know when embarking on IVF journey

 Things to know when embarking on IVF journey

Dr Sulbha Arora

Wielding the power to turn parenthood dreams into reality, IVF stands as a hero. It’s not just a procedure; it’s an odyssey where making the right decisions at the right juncture is the magical key to success. It helps individuals and couples to achieve their dream of parenthood. Taking the right decision and regulating at the right time is the key for success of the IVF process. Empowering yourself with knowledge and understanding the procedure is important for the IVF journey. We list here six  essential facts an individual must keep in mind.

Finding the Right Fertility Clinic
Finding the right fertility clinic is the first step in taking control of the whole IVF journey. There are many aspects that play an important role in finding the right fertility clinic which impact the experience and chances of success. Recognizing the various procedures, treatment options, exploring different clinics and doctors and being informed will help one to navigate this challenging but hopeful path. Specialized fertility clinics that have a reputation for positive outcomes are the best to look for. Is the clinic being transparent about all the costs, with no hidden charges? Are they willing to hand hold you throughout the journey? Would you have direct access to your IVF specialist at all times, or would you have to deal with different associates every time? Are they transparent about the treatment process, the number of eggs, the number of embryos, is this well documented, and given to you in writing? Do they counsel you at every step about different options, and take joint decisions with you about treatment choices you would feel comfortable with? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before finalizing a clinic.

Understanding the IVF Process
Take the time to understand the IVF process in detail. From the initial consultation to egg retrieval, fertilization, embryo transfer, and beyond, having a comprehensive understanding of each step will help you feel more in control and confident throughout the journey.

Financial Planning and Support
Financial planning and support are also very important factors to consider for the IVF process. What will be the total cost? At what stages and by what modes of payment will it have to be paid? What are the inclusions and exclusions? Are there any EMI options? What about cancellations and refunds? One needs to explore the complete costs and available financial support. This will lighten the stress and uncertainty.

Emotional and Mental Well-being
Taking care of emotional and mental wellbeing is also a crucial part in the process of IVF. This journey can turn out to be quite challenging both physically and mentally. In this whole process emotions may fluctuate widely and affect one’s self-esteem and overall sense of control over one’s own body. Therapy, support groups, or sharing feelings with loved ones can help to cope with these emotions.

Lifestyle and Wellness
A healthy lifestyle is another key to success of IVF treatment. Maintaining a nutrition-rich healthy and balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains can boost fertility and overall well-being. Regular exercise also helps manage stress and improves blood flow to the reproductive organs. One should avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as they can reduce your chances of conceiving.

Freezing is as good as fresh
The phrase “Freezing is as good as fresh” underscores the importance of considering cryopreservation. Discuss the option of freezing embryos or eggs with your healthcare provider, as it can offer flexibility and additional chances for success in future attempts.

Embarking on the IVF journey necessitates a proactive and informed approach. By embracing these six essential points, individuals and couples can navigate the challenges and uncertainties with greater confidence, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome on their path to parenthood.

Dr Sulbha Arora is Clinical Director, Nova IVF Fertility, Mumbai


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