If you haven’t done IVF before, there are a lot of unknowns.
After finding a physician, discussing treatment, and putting all of the pieces in place to move forward, the natural next question is to wonder what you’ve signed up for.
- How is IVF going to feel?
- What will the medication do to my body and emotions?
- Is this going to hurt?
I’ve been there myself, and I’ve guided hundreds of patients through the IVF process. While going through IVF can be exciting (you are one step closer to having a baby!) it is also a very vulnerable and emotional experience. We address all of your concerns along the way, but the truth is that venturing into the unknown can be overwhelming for some.
Making contact with the fertility clinic was about the most daunting thing I’ve ever done, even though it only involved sending an e-mail.
The good news is that it isn’t as bad as you might think. When an IVF cycle starts, many women feel fantastic because of higher hormone levels. As the ovaries swell larger as follicles develop into mature eggs, there can be some bloating. The entire process is roughly 2-3 weeks, and you’ll likely develop a friendship with your ultrasound tech during all of those monitoring appointments.
If you’d like to hear what seven other women thought about the IVF process, check out an article on Momtastic that I contributed to: What IVF Feels Like, According to Women Who Have Done It
Best of luck to you on your journey!