Things to consider before IVF

Things to consider before IVF

Preparing for IVF treatment

If you’re thinking of starting a family and you are researching fertility (IVF) treatments, you’ll want the reassurance of a caring, experienced team to answer your questions and provide support every step of the way, so if you are considering IVF we wanted to support you in this research phase and we have put together some key points to think about when preparing for IVF.

There are lots of factors you’ll want to consider before you start your IVF journey. Choosing the right clinic, looking at the costs and finding support for your emotional and physical needs are all things to think about when preparing for IVF.

At Manchester Fertility, we understand that every fertility journey is different. With over 35 years’ experience, our fertility medical experts are here to help you prepare for IVF treatment with all the information and support you need to make important choices for your fertility journey.

What about my health in preparing for IVF?

Before you begin IVF treatment, your fertility specialist will guide you through what your individual treatment plan will be. Our full fertility assessment is a great first place to start if you have been trying for a baby and aren’t sure if you need fertility treatment. This involves a series of tests and a full medical health check:

  • An AMH blood test, to measures the level of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) in the blood. This is to give us a good indication of how many eggs you have remaining.
  • A pelvic ultrasound scan of your womb and ovaries
  • An antral follicle count using ultra sound
  • A full medical, BMI and lifestyle check

We believe your care should be tailored to you, which is why all our plans are bespoke to our patients, with expert guidance from our medical fertility specialists.

Learn more about our fertility assessment here, and what it also involves for men.

Can I do anything else to prepare for IVF?

There are also some things you can do yourself to put you in a better position before starting your treatment.

We asked Dr Anamika Rao, one of our Fertility Medical Consultant’s for her top recommendations to help you prepare for IVF:

  • Stop smoking, including vaping as this also can contain nicotine
  • Reducing your alcohol intake can help when preparing for pregnancy
  • Limit the amount of caffeine you have daily
  • Take 0.4 mg of folic acid daily, starting at least 2 months before you have fertility treatment. This can be obtained from the chemist. A higher dose (5 mg) is recommended for women with a higher BMI, have diabetes, take certain medications or have previously had a baby affected by neural tube defect. This dose can only be obtained on prescription.
  • In the UK, all adults are advised to take Vitamin D 10 micrograms (400 units) daily.
  • There is no evidence that any other supplements make a major difference to your chance of having a baby, but it makes sense for both partners to follow a healthy, well balanced diet. This includes consuming mainly fresh fruit and vegetables to help reduce the amount of trans-fat in your diet and if possible avoiding ready meals and shop-bought confectionery.
  • Aim to get more sleep
  • Try to reduce any stress levels – even if it is taking some time out your day for a short walk or picking up a book

Some additional tips from Dr Anamika Rao include:

  • If you have had any previous IVF treatment, please provide the details to your consultant. It is useful information for planning your next treatment cycle.
  • You should also let your fertility specialist know if you have any gynaecological conditions, such as fibroids, hydrosalpinges, polyps and endometriosis, which could potentially affect the success rate.
  • Don’t forget to plan some time off work for appointments, and if you feel you can speak to your employer to arrange what this time off is for, we can help by providing a letter to explain what time off you will need for your fertility appointments.
  • Enlist a sympathetic ‘buddy’ to support your during treatment. Many clinics offer a support group for couples going through the treatment. (Please see below for Manchester Fertility’s Support group).
  • We treat patients with a BMI between 19-35. Research has shown that a healthy BMI can support your fertility treatment, so we encourage you to optimise your BMI and to lower it if it is over 30. This is something our medical experts can discuss with you on a fertility assessment in your full health check.

Your fertility specialist will be able to provide some personal preparation recommendations based on your individual circumstances, so you can feel at your best before beginning treatment.

Which clinic is right for you?

Receiving fertility treatment is a deeply personal experience, so choosing a clinic that meets your individual needs will be one of the most important considerations you’ll make when you decide to begin IVF. Even travelling to a clinic can make you feel nervous, so think about practical things like the surroundings, how easy it is to get and if it has a car park.

Manchester Fertility is situated in Cheadle Royal with a free car park, so getting here and parking is quick, easy and stress-free. For more information on directions or where you can find us, you can take a look at our location page.

The clinic’s reputation, success rates and how comfortable you feel with your expert medical fertility specialist or support team may all play a part in your decision. So, take your time to choose a clinic that prioritises patient care and has a personalised approach that understands your needs.

At Manchester Fertility, we put our patients at the heart of everything we do. Everyone who comes through our doors can expect a warm welcome and the reassurance that we’re with them for the journey.

A reputation that speaks for itself

Melinda and Matt said: “The amazing staff at reception welcomed us, and that continued throughout the clinic. They put our nerves at ease from the offset. The clinic was beautiful, clean and welcoming. The process throughout was explained clearly, and the team always ensured we understood what would be happening next and why and that we felt confident in the choices made.”

Whatever our patients face, we face together - with care, compassion and support. Read some reviews from our Manchester Fertility patients to find out more about our award-winning patient-centred care.

Along with offering quality care, fertility clinics with consistent success rates might be higher up on your list of possible choices. We’re proud of our success rates at Manchester Fertility, where we are in line with the national average rate verified by the HFEA. Read more about our success rates here.

How innovative is the clinic?

Our welcoming, purpose-built clinic at Cheadle Royal is a relaxed, stress-free environment equipped with the latest IVF technologies and state-of-the-art laboratories.

We use the most advanced equipment to provide the best possible care for you and to ensure our teams have the perfect environment for creating and monitoring your embryos. Our embryologists use iDAScore an AI (artificial intelligence) time-lapse technology, to further support embryo culture and selection. We continue to invest in techniques to ensure every patient has the best chance of achieving their dream.

How much will IVF cost?

The cost of IVF may be a factor in your decision to begin treatment, so it can be helpful to compare prices and work out which financial options are best for your situation.

Clinics should provide a transparent overview of their fertility costs on their website or on request, but these figures don’t always include all aspects of the fertility journey, such as initial consultations and medication. You can see and download our price list here. We clearly state where medication is not included and are transparent about all of our costs.

The cost for a cycle of IVF starts at £3,750. The costs can be discussed in more details in one of our free 1-2-1 discovery calls with one of our friendly New Patient Team, where we will run through every aspect of the IVF journey. You could benefit from a 1-2-1 discovery call if you are new to fertility and you want to learn more about the clinic you are looking to go to for treatment.

Our open and honest, patient-focused approach at Manchester Fertility means we put a treatment plan together for you that includes a clear breakdown of your costs. In addition, we offer a range of pre-paid IVF plans through Access, a partner provider that can offer different pricing packages for different ages and cycles, including unlimited IVF cycles. See all the Access packages.

What support is available when preparing for IVF?

IVF is a significant emotional, physical and financial investment. Your partner, friends and family can all be valuable sources of comfort while you’re going through the IVF process.

Sometimes it can be helpful to seek support outside your circle of family and friends, too. Talking to a counsellor is a great opportunity to discuss your thoughts and feelings with a professional who understands the process, and a fertility support group can be a lifeline for connecting with others on the same journey.

Our expert counselling team are on hand for our patients to discuss any concerns or questions, and our Salve App is a great way to quickly and easily message our Fertility Nursing team for reassurance and any treatment questions.

A strong support network

We also have a Fertility Support Group on Facebook, run by Hayley, our Senior Patient Advisor on our In-Patient Team, which gives you the opportunity to connect with other patients and share your experiences. This is a closed group so you can chat privately online with other patients going through the same experience as you. We know this group has provided many of our patients with helpful support and friendship from our fertility community.

If you’re at the beginning of your IVF journey, a free 1-2-1 discovery call with one of our friendly In-Patient Team is a good way to get started. Why not book a 1-2-1 and get to meet our New Patient Coordinators?

You can ask any questions you have about our clinic, our teams, costs and discuss what treatments are available. This is a non-medical appointment, but it is a great way to learn more about us and how we have been creating families for over 35 years.
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Find out more about preparing for IVF or start your IVF journey today, right here, or by calling us on 0161 300 2737.