Advice to an IVF First Timer

Here are 21 quick tips for anyone going through IVF for the first time.


  1. Join an online or Facebook support group.


  1. Do some basic research so you know what to expect.


  1. Have a plan for success and for failure.


  1. Be prepared to wait A LOT.


  1. Injections aren’t very painful and you will get used to them.
  1. After your egg retrieval you will feel the worst the night of and the next day. You will improve drastically from three days after.


  1. After egg retrieval it’s best you don’t allow your bladder or bowels get too full, as it will cause pain. Regularly relieve yourself.


  1. Your next period after retrieval will be more painful and crampy than usual.


  1. Look out for signs of Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome. Weight gain, abdominal bloating, nausea and shortness of breath.


  1. Expect the wait for embryo updates to be the longest of your life. You should receive an update on days one, three and five.


  1. There will most likely be a drop off in embryo numbers from day 3 to 5.


  1. Don’t compare your embryo results to others.


  1. Don’t exercise right after embryo transfer.


  1. Don’t worry about the old wives tales. No amount of pineapple core, French-fries, Brazil nuts, pomegranate juice, or warm feet will make the baby stick.


  1. Don’t take a home pregnancy test too early. Wait until at least five days past a five-day transfer.


  1. Have something else to look forward to at test result time. Hopefully this will lessen the blow if you get a negative result.


  1. It might not happen the first time. Don’t despair.


  1. Be gentle with yourself and let your emotions out.


  1. Communicate with your partner and encourage them to share with you.


  1. Have a break from treatment if you need to. This can help to re-energise you and get your life back to normal.


  1. Do what makes you happy throughout the process. Have something else to focus on to prevent IVF from consuming you.


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