One of the reason IVF cycles can be so stressful is because patients are so poorly prepared for it.
For one thing, they have very unrealistic expectations , and they expect that they're going to get pregnant in the first cycle itself.
Now I understand that if every patient, in their heart of hearts, didn't think she was going to get pregnant, she would never even start an IFV cycle, but it's important to understand that IVF does have a failure rate.
Having realistic expectations helps to reduce your unhappiness in case the cycle fails, because you are prepared for the fact that it can take time to achieve your goal. IVF can be a very emotional journey , with lots of ups and downs , and having realistic expectations helps you manage the roller coaster better.
Much more importantly, if you've done your homework, you know exactly what's involved, and you will not worry about the so-called side effects which lots of friends will tell you about, because to know that IVF is safe.
You will be much more in control , because you will know what the doctor's doing , and will be able to ask intelligent questions. You will be able to admire your embryos when your doctor shows them to you, so that no matter what the outcome, you will have peace of mind that you gave it your best shot - after all, what else can a human do ?
What to find an IVF clinic which respects your time and intelligence ?