Thursday, April 04, 2013

IVF - FAQs - What should I know before I start my first IVF cycle ?

Look before you leap – select a good IVF clinic

Knowledge is strength – learn a lot about the IVF process- this will help you to get the best treatment possible. Ignorance is not bliss – and it’s not true that a little knowledge is dangerous.

Do not count your chicken before they hatch – do not raise your hopes too high – please have realistic expectations.

Do not give up too soon – IVF needs a few attempts before you are successful, so please be patient. 70 % of women find success within 3 IVF cycles.

Give and take respect – Trust and respect the IVF doctor and the clinic staff you have selected . Do not look at your doctor as a money-mongering professional. Having a good doctor-patient relationship is very important if you want to go through your IVF journey successfully.

Cultivate emotional resilience – IVF is not for the weak hearted !

If "PLAN A" doesn't work out don't worry, you still have 25 letters left !   Always have a Plan B; there is no guarantee your IVF journey will end in a baby. Hence, deciding beforehand what to do if your IVF does not succeed will protect you from lots of heart aches.

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This is an excerpt from our forthcoming, book, The Expert Patient's Guide to IVF. This being authored by our expert patient, Manju and me.

You can email Manju at [email protected]

Her blog is at

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