6 Essential Tips For IVF Success
Making the decision to begin an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment cycle can be an important step on your path to parenthood. IVF is one of the most popular treatments available in fertility today, and offers many additional technologies like embryo genetic testing, which continue to boost success rates. To help you have a smooth and successful upcoming IVF cycle, we’re sharing our six most essential tips!
- Have an appropriate work-up
Prior to pursuing your IVF cycle, a thorough fertility work-up is recommended, and sometimes required by your insurance to provide coverage. This workup typically consists of testing for both you and your partner (if applicable). Females have updated hormonal labs drawn, an AFC ultrasound, and uterine evaluation, like a hysteroscopy. You can also opt for genetic testing at this time. Male partners require a semen analysis.
- Understand the step-by-step process
Understanding the IVF process is crucial to reducing stress, and ensuring a seamless cycle. Your dedicated IVF nurse will contact you and provide you with a customized IVF calendar, so you are fully aware of what to expect in the coming weeks. Our providers also require a dedicated IVF consultation, where they can walk you through all of the important details and begin the discussion of your IVF protocol.
- Order your medications ahead of time
Once your doctor determines which IVF protocol is best suited for you and testing is completed, your medication plan can be established. Our experienced medication nurses assist you through obtaining any prior authorizations and provide you the resources you need to work with your insurance and pharmacy. Be sure to be diligent in contacting your pharmacy to set up shipment, so you can receive your medications in time to begin your cycle.
- Prepare your body for your upcoming cycle
A typical rule of thumb is to treat your body like you are pregnant when preparing for an upcoming IVF cycle. This means avoid alcohol, smoking, additional stress, and maintain a balanced diet leading up to the start of your treatment. If you exercise regularly, it’s encouraged that you continue, but avoid any high impact activities once you begin your injectable medications.
- Get support
Your mental health is equally as important as your physical health. Undergoing an IVF cycle can be an overwhelming and stressful experience, which is why it is recommended you have a strong support system in place. Whether you rely on your family members, partner, friends, social media, or in-person support groups – having people to rely on throughout the process is hugely helpful.
- Ask questions!
Be your own advocate, and never be afraid to ask questions. Our team of doctors, nurses, and staff are all here for you throughout each step of your IVF journey.
Have questions for our care team? Contact us at 833-SINCERA.