Sunday, August 30, 2009

What I learned from IVF

2. Don't put all your eggs (and sperm) in one basket

Don't count on your first cycle working. Sure, it could; plenty of people hit the jackpot on IVF #1. Statistically speaking, however, it's likely that you'll need more than one try, and it's best to be prepared for that from the very outset.

Our doctor encouraged us to think of our first cycle in terms of a diagnostic run, a chance to see how my body would respond to the drugs, and how our embryos would develop in the dish, giving us information that would help optimize any further treatment if necessary. This excellent advice helped us face a bad outcome without destroying our future hopes. So when you're making a treatment plan, save enough money, time, and stamina for a second cycle, and perhaps beyond. There's no down side to being prepared. And, hey, maybe you will hit the jackpot. After all, you can't win if you don't play.

All patients considering IVF should read this post - it's full of hard-earned
wisdom !

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