In vitro fertilisation is the best option for many people who are trying to get pregnant, but IVF isn’t right for everyone. Before you commit to a treatment that can take a lot out of you both physically and emotionally, it is important to be sure that you are ready for what lies ahead.
Who Can IVF Help?
Fertility treatment is something that you only need to consider if you have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for at least a year. Even then, you need to speak to a doctor before you can decide whether IVF is right for you. Your doctor can assess both you and your partner to find out what might be causing your fertility problems. Sometimes the problem needs to be fixed with medication or surgery rather than assisted conception. However, your doctor may recommend that your try private IVF treatment if it will give you the best chance of having a baby.
IVF can be the best option for women with damaged fallopian tubes that can’t be repaired surgically, men with low sperm counts or sperm movement, and couples whose fertility problems can’t be explained by any particular cause. IVF treatment is available for some couples on the NHS, but if you are outside the age range, you already have another child, or you want to try more cycles, you will need to opt for private IVF treatment.
Are You Ready for IVF?
Your doctor can advise you on whether private IVF treatment will be the best option for you medically, but you will also need to consider whether you are ready to go through the treatment. Having IVF can be stressful as there is no guarantee that the treatment will work. It can also have a big physical impact on women as it requires regular hormone injections and treatments that can make you feel uncomfortable. Committing to IVF treatment is a big decision and it is one that you will need to make together every time you start a new cycle.