In vitro fertilization is one of the most popular procedures for couples that are struggling to conceive. It has helped thousands of families become pregnant. At Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health, our fertility specialists will guide you through every step of this fertility treatment to improve your chances for success. IVF is a complex but potentially rewarding process for patients who want to conceive. When you undergo this treatment at our Scottsdale fertility clinic, it is important that you follow our pre-treatment IVF instructions so that you are well prepared for an effective cycle. Below, we explain how to begin your IVF process and what you can do to make your treatment as productive as possible.
At your initial consultation and pre-treatment appointments, your fertility specialist will ask about you and your partner’s medical history, previous pregnancies, weight, diet, medications, general lifestyle, stress level, exercise routines, previous fertility tests or treatments, and more. Providing as much detailed information as possible will help us understand all of the factors that could influence your treatment and plan accordingly.
A woman’s menstruation and ovulation are key to becoming pregnant, so it is important to track your (or your partner’s) cycle conscientiously. You should note when you menstruate and test for ovulation using an ovulation kit. These are available at most drugstores. The kit can tell you whether or not you are ovulating by measuring hormones in your urine. For more precise tracking, you can use what’s called a fertility monitor, which is a computerized tool that assesses your spit, urine, vaginal discharge, or body temperature to provide more nuanced information about your cycle. Tracking your ovulation and menstruation will help you determine how regular your cycles are. This can also help your physician diagnose you with anovulation, a condition that results when patients have irregular periods or do not menstruate.
You and your partner will need to undergo comprehensive testing before beginning IVF. Your examinations may include:
Before starting a cycle of IVF, the female partner will need to begin taking medications in the form of pills and injections. These will vary based on your distinctive circumstances and diagnoses. Make sure you understand the precise instructions for taking these prescriptions and follow the schedule your physician recommends.
Before beginning an IVF cycle, it’s a good idea to do everything you can to improve your overall physical and mental health. You should:
IVF may be able to improve your chances for conception. To discover if you are a candidate or begin preparing for this procedure, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our fertility specialists.