There are many things to consider before going through with IVF. Upon your first appointment with an IVF expert, here are few questions you could ask for clarification.
The first appointment will entail plenty of forms that need to be filled out, an interview regarding your medical and obstetric history, a physical examination, any necessary labs, and consultation. The first meeting might not take longer than an hour, but there may be a lot to discuss. Start building a list of questions from the time you book your appointment and add to the list from time to time.
Important Questions to ask your doctor about IVF
Bellow discussed is the list of questions to ask your doctor or IVF expert during the consultation.
- Are there any age limitations especially in regards to using my own egg?
- What protocol will you put me on?
- How much will drugs cost me? (You can get the information by calling the pharmacy once you get your prescriptions will help)
- What are the chances of success at my age?
- How much is IVF?
- Are there any other tests to do prior?
- What are the most recent success rates for women in my age and your clinic or IVF expert’s diagnosis?
- Should we consider ICSI the method where they put the sperm in the egg?
- If I am to take baby aspirin 81 mg when do I start taking it?
- How long would it take to treat infertility?
- Will it take 3 or 4 days to transfer embryos and why?
- Will you have a nurse assigned to me?
- What are diet suggestions other than eating a well-balanced diet?
- How many doctors’ appointments can I expect?
- Will you be available to answer questions as they come up?
- Will I be taking any prenatal and other vitamins or supplements?
- Be rest after transfer why or why not?
- Why do I have to continue to take the supplements drugs, when I start my stimulation drugs?
- What kind of side effects can I expect from any round of medications?
- Is there any limit in exercising?
- What side effects can I expect from the suppression medication, if I am to take any?
- What else should I avoid following my transfer?
- What will the transfer process be like?
- Will I experience pregnancy symptoms?
- How does the clinic know when my eggs are ready to retrieve?
- How many embryos will be transferred?
- I tend to be pretty impatient can I take a home pregnancy test?
- What if I experience spotting during my 2-week wait?
- Can I smoke or drink alcohol while am taking the treatment?
- Will IVF techniques damage my ovaries?
- Can we have sexual intercourse?
- Is there any alternative treatment for IVF?
- Are multiple births possible with IVF?
- Would I be a candidate for IVF, if I had tubal ligation several years ago?
- What are the drugs stimulate to ovarian follicles?
- How much time will take to complete the whole process of IVF?
For a successful pregnancy, you need to prepare your body if you follow the below things before meeting the IVF expert will help you in many ways.
- Quit smoking, if you have a habit of smoking avoid it
- Have a healthy and balanced diet
- Take a prenatal vitamin daily
- Be active, do exercises like yoga, gym, etc.
- Eliminate or reduce stress in your daily life
Important things you should before going to the doctor appointment
- Be sure you arrive on time; make sure you arrive 15-20 minutes before the scheduled appointment time.
- This will give you time to finish any remaining paperwork. Start by taking your vital signs and collecting your height weights and other records then you will meet with your doctor to discuss your full medical history as well as your family’s medical history.
- It is a good idea to talk with your family members before hand to get information about genetically inherited conditions.
- Next, you will likely move to an exam room for a full physical examination. This includes a breast and pelvic exam.
- Following the new patient consultation, your doctor will order any complete your work up. Your nurse will walk you through setting up all testing.
Ask as many as questions you need and want to know. Make sure you should feel comfortable with the answers that you are given. If the health care provider or IVF expert or Doctor use medical terms, abbreviations, or procedure terms which you are not familiar with, ask them what certain medications or abbreviations mean. The main goal is you should understand the whole process or journey ahead and move with a positive mind.