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!
6 Tips For A Successful IVF Cycle
1. Have an appropriate work-up
Prior to pursuing your IVF cycle, a thorough fertility evaluation is recommended. A typical workup includes updated hormonal lab testing, an ultrasound with antral follicle count, and uterine evaluation, with imaging such as saline infusion ultrasound or hysteroscopy. You can also opt for genetic testing at this time with a carrier screen. Male partners should have a semen analysis.
2. Understand the step-by-step process
Understanding the IVF process is crucial. Your care team will provide you with all of the information you need about your cycle to set you up for success and so that you feel prepared for what to expect in the coming weeks. Ask questions!
3. 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. Be sure to be diligent in contacting your pharmacy to set up shipment, so you can receive your medications in a timely manner to begin your cycle. When your medications arrive, check the inventory of what was sent and familiarize yourself with the medications by reviewing your injection teaching instructions.
4. 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 avoiding alcohol, smoking, recreating drugs, and additional stress. Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains 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.
5. 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 your tribe of people to rely upon throughout the process is hugely helpful.
6. 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. We are excited for you and want you to be set up for success!
At Midwest Fertility Specialists, we are always here for you. If you are interested in beginning your IVF journey, or have questions, contact us today.