A lot of IVF patients ask me what they need to do in order to prepare for an IVF cycle.

Most of this is fairly common sense stuff , which they already know. They should be taking supplements , like folic acid. They should be fit, in good health, with the right BMI. They should stop smoking, and stop drinking, and you don't really need a doctor to tell you this !

What I do tell them is I only want one thing from them - to come with lots of smiles - optimism and positivity always help !

The best way to acquire this is to have realistic expectations of IVF, so you understand what is in your hands; what's in the doctor's hands; and finally all the other stuff which we really can't control.

If you have realistic expectations , you're unlikely to be unhappy, no matter what the final outcome of the IVF cycle is . The process itself should be a happy and positive one, and you should have peace of mind that you've done your best.

The best way by doing this is by being well-informed, so that your stress levels are reduced, because you know exactly what's going to happen next !

This is why investing in Information Therapy is so valuable !

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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