Opting for IVF? 9 crucial questions you must ask in your first consultation

On World IVF Day, increase your awareness on the process of In vitro fertilization, which is a blessing for couples fighting infertility.
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IVF has become a commonly used treatment for conception. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr Lavanya R Published: 25 Jul 2022, 12:04 pm IST
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In vitro fertilization is a process where the egg and sperm are fertilized in the laboratory. This process can be a bit overwhelming for some couples as the unfamiliarity to such subjects may raise a lot of questions in their mind. The decision to undergo this treatment might be anxiety inducing for some couples as they might be unsure about what to expect from this process. But asking an expert about the process can help you in clearing your concepts about IVF.

Here are questions to ask your specialist before undergoing IVF

1. What is the time duration of the process?

The patient should know that the time that is needed for the process depends upon the case. But asking your doctor how much time they will take to start and end the process will help you better visualize how to take it.

2. Who should I contact in case I have to ask something about IVF?

Make sure that the procedure is transparent and you know what is being done during the procedure. You could be new to the process which means that you must have several questions that you want to ask. Make sure that you have somebody in contact to always guide you and answer your questions.

Check your IVF questions with your specialist.
Check your IVF questions with your specialist. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. How will this process go, and what type of testing and medications do you recommend?

Asking this question to the specialist will give you a better idea of the process and the risks that are expected with it.

4. What are the chances of success with IVF?

You need to understand that IVF does not guarantee pregnancy. There are many couples who successfully conceive after one attempt while there are others who have to go through the process a number of times. Setting realistic expectations will help you be prepared better.

5. Can I do something to increase my chances of success?

Asking this will help you feel a sense of control. There are many lifestyle improvements a couple can do to increase their chances of success, your doctor will be able to guide you on this.

6. What would be the cost of the whole procedure?

This will give you a better idea about the financial support you need for the process. Ensure the clinic is transparent about this.

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You should know about the costs and chances involved with IVF. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

7. Would you recommend fresh or frozen embryo transfer?

The fresh embryo is transferred shortly after your egg is fertilized and the frozen ones take additional weeks to be transferred. Ask your doctor what they would recommend for you

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8. Should we prefer IUI or IVF?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a process in which the sperm is placed inside the uterus to ensure that the healthy sperm meets the egg. The process of IUI requires functioning sperm and fallopian tubes. You can ask your doctor if IUI is recommended for you or if you should go for IVF.

9. Are there any risks or side effects involved with this process?

Certain medical processes and treatments are required with the process of IVF. These processes can lead to some side effects. It is important to know what complications you would expect during this so that you can better work preparing for it.

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The last word

Apart from all the IVF questions mentioned here, your doctor too will take you through the process and educate you about every significant thing that you need to know.

Talking about infertility and its treatments can be uncomfortable, but you have to place your trust in your doctor and they will be able to guide you through out the journey. Asking questions without hesitation will help make your journey smoother.


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