When patients come to us for an IVF treatment , we request them to bring three things with them - and no, money is not one of them !

First is lots of follicles, because obviously the more the follicles you have, the more the eggs, and the better your chances of getting pregnant. Now I understand that patients can't control how many follicles they will grow, because this is a biological variable, but it's a good idea to visualise that lots of them are growing !

Second is lots of smiles, because being optimistic and hopeful helps ! IVF treatment is thought of as being stressful, but it should actually be a stress buster. You should look forward to doing your IVF treatment because it maximizes your chance of getting pregnant - after all, not having a baby is very stressful, and IVF should help to reduce this ! If you're optimistic, we think it just makes going the cycle that much easier , because IVF should be a positive process.

Third, bring realistic expectations. Please do your homework , so you understand what's in your hands; what's in the doctor's control; and finally what's in God's hands, so you have peace of mind you did your best.

What to find an IVF clinic which respects your time and intelligence ?

Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !

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

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