Mastering IVF: 5 Key Strategies for a Successful Fertility JourneyAug 02, 2023
What is IVF?
In Vitro Fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology that involves the fertilization of eggs with sperm outside the body, in a laboratory setting. Once fertilization occurs, the resulting embryo is then implanted into the uterus, with the hope of achieving a successful pregnancy.
If you’re anything like me, going through fertility treatment was not on my wish list! It can be quite devastating news for some people, especially if they’ve spent years trying not to fall pregnant and then when they finally decide to become a parent, things aren’t working the way they thought it would.
But once it is clear that this is the route you are going down, here are some tips to survive the process.
The Cost of IVF
IVF treatment can be expensive, and the cost varies depending on geographical location and additional procedures required. On average, a single IVF cycle can cost between $12,000 to $15,000, excluding medications and additional services.
Tip #1: When you first start out trying to get pregnant, create a dedicated fertility savings fund and explore insurance options that cover fertility treatments. A stable financial plan will alleviate worries and allow you to focus solely on your journey to parenthood. Too many people max out their credit cards in desperation, when they realise fertility treatment is their only way to have a baby. This will just add unnecessary stress to the whole process.
IVF Success Rates
IVF success rates can vary based on factors such as the woman's age, the cause of infertility, and the clinic's expertise. On average, the success rate for IVF ranges from 30% to 40%, with higher success rates for younger women.
Tip #2: Don’t assume it will work in your first trial. If it does, great for you! Go into it feeling positive, but also know that many couples experience multiple trials before success and nothing is guaranteed.
Empowering Body & Mind
Tip #3: Prioritize stress management techniques such as meditation and yoga to promote emotional well-being by lowering your cortisol levels (stress hormones). If you’re not already doing some kind of meditation or yoga, get started yesterday! This will immensely increase your chances of a successful transfer.
Two Week Wait (TWW)
Tip #4: The TWW is the time from egg transfer until you can take a pregnancy test, without getting a false positive result. Find something to occupy your mind during the 2 week wait period or time will feel like it’s going backwards. I listened to audio books, while going for long walks and watched comedy to stay in a positive mindset.
Tip #5: Make sure you have a supportive community of like minded women who encourages and uplifts you during challenging times. Fertility treatment can be a very lonely process, even if you’re in a relationship, as you are the one who has to go through all of the hormonal changes.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has emerged as a beacon of hope for countless couples struggling to conceive. The IVF process, though complex, offers a ray of light in the face of infertility challenges. By understanding the potential success rates, and associated costs, you can make an informed decision about pursuing IVF treatment. Remember, seeking guidance from a reputable fertility specialist is crucial to increase your chances of a successful pregnancy.
Embark on your parenthood journey with IVF and embrace the possibility of welcoming a bundle of joy into your life. Stay positive, stay informed, and may your dreams of parenthood soon become a beautiful reality.
Dr. Kamilla Holst