If you are reading this article right now, the chances are that you are considering going through IVF, are currently in an IVF cycle, or have completed IVF in the past.

If you’re lucky enough to have conceived naturally, this article can help provide insight as to what couples experience when growing a family through IVF.

Dr. Meike Uhler was interviewed by SELF.com to discuss the 11 things you should know before considering IVF. The list details the psychological challenges – stress, mood changes, and depression – while also discussing other aspects of IVF such as side effects, success, and how many cycles it may take to become pregnant.

Here’s a sneak peek:

IVF is the most effective way for infertile couples to get pregnant, so stick it out if you can.

Depending on your insurance coverage, IVF can be pricey, and we’ve already established it’s stressful in more ways than one. But it’s also the best bet for infertile couples to get pregnant. “IVF has highest success rate for many patients, of all infertility treatments,” Uhler says. It also is the best way to make sure you don’t have twins or triplets

Curious about the other 10?

Read the article at SELF.com

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