IVF treatments are one of the most effective ways today for couples who are struggling with infertility to get and stay pregnant. However, most who go through the IVF process will agree that it can be difficult and challenging at times. Here are a few pointers from past success stories on the things these couples wish they'd known before they first walked through the fertility clinic doors to start the IVF process.
Statistics are just a number.
Most IVF clinics will reveal their success rates, but they don't always do so consistently. Some will give rates for successful fertilization, while others count only live births. While it's good to learn both from your IVF clinic, in the end, what matters may not be the clinic itself so much as your own body and chances of conception. By age 40, for example, only two in five women who wish to have a baby will be able to do so. Focus less on the overall statistics and more on your personal chances of success.
It doesn't always work on the first cycle.
Some couples come in expecting a one-time IVF treatment that will get them pregnant, guaranteed. But it doesn't always work that way. Many people go through several IVF cycles before a fertilization successfully occurs. If you're already planning a baby shower for summer, you may want to wait and see how and when things play out first.
It's an emotional process, too.
The IVF process can be emotionally stressful when you have so many hopes pinned on a single outcome. You may have to wait long days or weeks for final results, and you may experience several losses. One of the best ways to get through the emotional aspects of fertility treatments is to have a strong support network, including your spouse, your family, and other couples who have gone through or are currently going through similar experiences. Don't be afraid to share your feelings and concerns with your doctor, too.
While the end result of the IVF process may bring you a lifetime of joy and happiness, going through the process itself takes patience and strength. Get to know more about the process by talking to other couples, or contact our fertility clinic today with your questions and concerns.