Managing Expectations During IVF Treatment

Dr. Randy Morris

Managing Expectations During IVF Treatment

Dr. Randy Morris

IVF is successful in a large number of cases, and has helped thousands of couple across the country to start a family when they would not have been able to do so otherwise. At the same time, IVF is a grueling, expensive process that is not successful for everyone. Therefore, managing expectations during IVF treatment is essential. Below, we will take a look at some important things to consider as you decide whether or not IVF is right for you.

Dealing with Expectations During IVF Treatment

Understand That Not All Couples are Successful

Many couples do get pregnant through IVF, but a large number are unsuccessful. Even a skilled doctor with high success rates cannot guarantee pregnancy for every couple, and even a couple who looks like a great candidate on paper may not get pregnant. IVF always comes with a significant possibility of failure.In addition, some couples will have a lower chance of getting pregnant through IVF due to their situation. Being of higher age and having complex or severe fertility issues can lower the chances of success. Success rates are also lower when both partners have a problem that contributes to the infertility.

Learn About What to Expect During IVF

It is essential to understand what to expect during IVF. Some important things to keep in mind are that:

  • It usually requires giving yourself frequent shots at home
  • You will be at the doctor's office frequently for blood work and exams
  • Even affordable IVF has significant costs
  • Many couples go through 2-3 IVF cycles before getting pregnant
  • There is a risk of side effects with the medications and procedures used during treatment

Set Limits and Consider Other Options

Every couple starts IVF with the hope of getting pregnant, and the belief that the benefit of potentially getting pregnant outweighs the downside of potentially not getting pregnant. However, there is always the possibility that pregnancy will not occur so it is important to consider how far you are willing to pursue fertility treatment, and which other options you are open to if treatment fails.Some couples set a limit to the number of fertility cycles they are willing to go through, or the amount of money they are able to spend. Couples should also discuss whether they are open to options such as:

  • Egg donation
  • Sperm donation
  • Surrogacy
  • Adoption
  • Not having children

Choosing to go through IVF is a major decision, and it is one that should be made with plenty of information about what to expect during IVF treatment given your particular situation. Dr. Randy Morris would be happy to meet with you about your fertility, and about managing expectations during IVF treatment. To schedule your consultation today, please click below and enter your information or call IVF1 at (630) 357-6540.