Starting an IVF journey can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider based on your location, age, and financial situation. Considering your ultimate end goals and how many children you want is also important to consider.
Have no fear, a guide with some major dos, don’ts and musts is here. This guide will help you decipher what is essential, and what should potentially be avoided. As you create your checklist (and check it twice), here are a few helpful hints:
Do Stay Positive, Even When It Gets Challenging
The truth is, this journey is going to have ups and downs. We are going to make it as smooth as possible, but there will inevitably be things that we can’t foresee. The important thing to remember is that the chances of having a child through IVF are very high, even if it takes some patience.
Positivity is an essential part of your IVF journey. Keep good energy (and in abundant amounts) around you, and this process can do wonders. Keep your head up and continue to make good decisions even when the decision is challenging.
Don’t Forget to Remember What Is Important
We mean this with a lot of love, but especially when selecting an egg donor: keep things in perspective. Remember that your end goal is to have a wonderful, healthy child that you are going to fall deeply in love with.
Sometimes we get Intended Parents asking specifics like the measurement of the inseam of a donor to “ensure she has nice long legs”. While this is a lovely feature, we do our best to make sure our donors don’t feel dehumanized, or like objects.
Take a good hard look at the information and photos shared through the profile and make a decision based on what your heart tells you.
You Must Find Joy In the Journey
Finding joy in the journey can make a negative IVF journey into a successful and joyful IVF journey. With each little victory, celebrate the small steps. Find joy in the little things.
Stay in communication with your team, doctor and agency and find what’s good about where you are at in your journey.
Don’t Forget Your Financials
When planning your IVF journey, carefully asses your budget and financial situation so you can make wise choices. This can be a costly process, but with a little advice and counsel you can make this a more cost-effective investment.
Access your priorities and decide where you want to put more money, and where you can afford to put less financial investment. Some Intended Parents spend more on the egg donor, and others spend more on the cycle guarantees through their IVF clinic.
This is up to you. When you are ready to begin your IVF journey, let us help you start on the right foot.