6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started IVF

Rendering of microscopic insemination of egg via IVF.

Are you considering growing your family through in vitro fertilization (IVF)? The journey can involve a mix of anticipation, excitement, and perhaps even a touch of anxiety.

Fortunately, you’re not alone. The Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility team understands the complexities of IVF treatment and is here to guide you every step of the way.

This article will explain six things to expect during your IVF experience so there are fewer surprises.

  1. You will need to visit the IVF clinic multiple times

When it comes to IVF, one size does not fit all. Every individual’s fertility needs differ, making it impossible to provide a fixed schedule. However, while we can’t give you exact dates and times, we can outline an “ideal cycle”:

  • Seven Visits in Total: You’ll need to visit the IVF clinic around seven times during your IVF cycle. These visits will include important milestones like retrieval and monitoring.
  • Retrieval: The retrieval process is when your mature eggs are collected. It’s a day-long visit and an essential step toward building your family.
  • Monitoring: Regular monitoring appointments are a necessary part of your IVF treatment plan. They help ensure the best possible outcome.
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  1. You’ll administer some shots yourself

Your body may need shots of follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones to help prepare for a baby. However, some of your shots won’t be administered at the clinic. Many will be self-administered in the comfort of your own home.

Giving yourself a shot can seem scary, but don’t worry. The injection is subcutaneous, which means the needle only penetrates the top layer of the skin. Our team will provide guidance, training, and a schedule for self-administering the shots so it’s more manageable. We even have some training videos online for you to refer to.

To make things even easier, we’ve color-coated your medications to help you keep track. Our commitment is to make your IVF treatment as stress-free as possible.

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  1. You may experience side effects

IVF medications can trigger side effects like hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, and bloating. We can’t predict precisely how your body will react, but normal side effects mimic pregnancy symptoms or a “bad period.”

Remember, these side effects are temporary and a sign that your body is responding to treatment. Just stay in contact with your doctor and reach out if something feels strange or you have any concerns.

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  1. IVF can be costly

IVF is an investment in your future, and the cost is often a concern. We’re proud to offer one of the most cost-effective IVF programs in the region. We understand that the financial aspect can be daunting, so we’ve made it a point to provide accessible, high-quality care.

Going through an IVF round is often taxing, so we make sure to provide reliable estimates upfront. We’ll work with you to determine the treatments that fit your needs.

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  1. Support matters

Your emotions may go through a whirlwind when you’re trying to conceive through IVF. Having a solid support system in place is essential. We encourage you to bring your partner, family member, or friend to appointments for moral and emotional support.

Constant travel to an IVF clinic and following a fertility medication regimen can be harsh on your schedule. Understanding that you have support behind you helps you stay committed, calm, and centered.

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  1. IVF may not be your last option

If you don’t achieve a successful pregnancy with your first round of IVF, other options may exist, such as surrogacy or using a donated embryo. We’ll help you explore all available options, ensuring you make informed decisions about your family’s future.

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Start your journey today

IVF helps you take control of your fertility. We understand that this journey may be emotional and challenging, but we’re here to provide a well-supported, comprehensive experience that considers your individual needs.

Schedule a consultation at the Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility today, and let’s work together to make your dream of starting or growing your family a reality. If you’re ready to take the next step, call the number at 520-326-0001 or follow us on Facebook.

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