Saturday, March 24, 2018

7 Key Questions You’ll Want to Ask During Your IVF Consultation



Nervous, excited, hopeful, cautious, scared - many women visiting their chosen IVF clinic for the first time are privately overwhelmed by a maelstrom of emotions. Like other medical consultations, this can leave our minds a blank when it comes time to speak up. When you write down any questions for your new fertility doctor, consider using these seven to get answers you need concerning your treatment.

1. What are the costs per cycle?

Many fertility clinics will offer some kind of package for a cycle of treatment. You should be able to see an itemized list delineating exactly what you’re paying for each procedure, checkups, lab work, and more. Ask if there are any other costs you can expect to incur that aren’t included on the list.

2. What side effects can I expect?

Chances are, you’ll be taking medication in the early stages to stimulate egg production. These can cause a wide range of hormonal changes which impact how you feel on a day to day basis. Ask your doctor what side effects they commonly see patients experience, and what side effects are a sign that the treatment isn’t going well for you.

3. What are my chances for success?

Once the professionals at your clinic know your history, as well as what may be the cause for your infertility, they can have some ideas as to how successful your treatment will be. Ask if they believe you will need more than one cycle, or if you’re a candidate for mini IVF.

4. Will everything be done at this clinic?

A course of IVF typically includes multiple visits over an extended period of time. This can become stressful or inconvenient if you have to go to various locations for different purposes. Ask if everything will be done there at the clinic.

5. How many embryos will you transfer?

At your IVF consultation, get to know every detail possible about the doctor’s game plan. Knowing how many embryos they intend to transfer to your uterus gives you an idea of how many babies you could have, should you become pregnant with multiples.

6. What about any leftover embryos?

If you want to reduce your chances of having multiples, this may mean that you have some embryos left over. Ask what your options are concerning these - can you use them to become pregnant later? Can you donate them? Think about what you would personally want to happen to them, and ask if that’s possible.

7. How can I help?

Fertility doctors pick up all kinds of tips and tricks over time, many of them specific to different causes of infertility. Ask if there is anything you can do to increase your chances of having a successful treatment. For example, some doctors might be able to refer you to a clinic specializing in complementary therapies.

If you’re feeling a little unsure of what to expect from IVF, you’re not alone! Yet, the reason we have these consultations is to become informed, as knowledge is power for your fertility journey. Ask as many questions as you need in order to feel at ease with your decision, and take care knowing you’ve done your part in facilitating a successful outcome.

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