Sunday, July 5, 2015

Questions to Ask at Your First IVF Consult

If you are considering IVF or are planning your first cycle, you're probably feeling extremely overwhelmed and uncertain about the process. There are a lot of moving parts and the process will differ for each individual. I've only been through this once, but I wanted to go into it prepared with a list of questions so I had all of the information up front. I've had several friends going through the same thing lately, so I thought it would be helpful to create a list of questions to ask at your first IVF consult appointment. IVF is kind of a big deal, and its important that you have all of the answers you need before you start your first cycle. That way you won't have to stress about what's going to happen next and focus more on staying hopeful and visualizing a positive outcome.
  • What are your clinic's success rates? 
  • Does your clinic have better success rates with a fresh or frozen cycle?
  • Do you offer any IVF packages or discounts for shared cycle?
  • What kind of tests will need to be done beforehand? Is there a separate cost for this?
  • What is your projected timeline for egg retrieval and transfer? Is your office open on weekends? Are you taking any vacations or foresee any absences during this cycle?
  • Will you be doing ICSI? Or would you recommend it for me?
  • Do you recommend genetic testing for my situation? If so, why? How would this affect the timeline?
  • What kind of vitamins or supplements should I be taking before egg retrieval? Should I stop any supplements after transfer?
  • Do you recommend any dietary changes? 
  • What kind of protocol will I have?  Antagonist, agonist, long lupron, micro-flare, other? Why would that protocol work best for me?
  • Will I be on birth control? If so, for how long?
  • What is the contact information for your IVF Coordinator? What is the best way to keep in touch with her if I have questions?
  • What is your transfer policy (transferring more than 1 embryo)? 
  • Do you anticipate a 3 or 5 day transfer? 
  • How frequently are the embryos checked when they're in the lab? 
  • How often will I receive updates on my embryos?
  • Do you recommend assisted hatching? Is there an additional cost for this?
  • What type of progesterone supplement will I take during the 2ww? Crinone, PIO, or suppositories?
  • When will my beta HCG test be scheduled? Will I receive results the same day?
It's a good idea to take lots of notes during this appointment since there is a ton of information and some of it may be difficult to remember later on. In fact, it would be helpful to bring a notebook to keep any handouts and your notes all in one place for easy reference. Another option would be to purchase a tool like The IVF Journal. I used this personally during my IVF cycle and it was extremely helpful to keep track of everything. There are sections for contact information, medications, appointments, finances, and test results. There are also lots of free printable resources online to help you stay organized.

Do you have any questions that you think should be added to this list? If so, please share them in the comments below.

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  1. Great list. We are thinking of going down this route again. Your right it is overwhelming and we've done it before! Very useful list

    1. I'm so glad you found this helpful! And I agree, I think its a good idea to be prepared with questions for every cycle, because I'm sure no 2 cycles are the same. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. What a comprehensive list! The only thing I'd add is "How long will I be in bed rest?"

  3. Thank you so much for this list. We have our first consult on the 2nd of August. I have compiled my own list (and I was doing pretty good) but there are a few here that I missed.

    So appreciative!

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