Coping with the IVF wait

Coping with Wait After IVF treatment

For many couples, one of the most difficult parts of the IVF process is the two-week wait after IVF treatment. It can be extremely difficult emotionally and can also place significant pressure on a relationship.

Here, we’ll look at how you can cope during the waiting period and potentially improve the chances of success.

The importance of seeking support

Patients tend to go through an emotional rollercoaster journey during the two-week waiting period. To start with, the process is exciting and women will often remain optimistic about their chances of falling pregnant.

However, after almost a week, those initial positive feelings are often overtaken by anxiety. Many female patients report having difficulties sleeping, concentrating and focusing on anything other than whether or not they will become pregnant. Often, we find that negative feelings can start to take over which can cause significant emotional distress.

The best way to get through this daunting time is to seek support. It is essential that patients are able to share how they feel with someone, whether that be a partner, friend, family member or even a professional. It can be particularly beneficial to seek support from other women going through IVF treatment.

These days there are plenty of forums online for those undergoing IVF treatment. By signing up and chatting to those who know exactly what you’re going through, it can help to ease a lot of the anxiety. Another benefit of chatting to somebody other than your partner, is it can ease the pressure placed upon the relationship.

Preparing for transfer day

The actual transfer day which marks the start of the two-week waiting period, is by far the most stressful part of the process. For that reason, it’s advised that patients adequately prepare in advance. This includes limiting the amount of stress triggers they might face on the day.

You’ll want to avoid making any other plans around transfer day. Many women are surprised by how lost they feel once the transfer has been made. After undergoing so many tests, once the embryo has been implanted, there’s suddenly nothing else left to do and that can be the scariest part of the entire process.

Rest, medicate and eat healthy

Once transfer day is over, for the next two weeks you’re going to need to rest, medicate and eat healthy. Ideally, you’ll want to take the full two weeks off from anything else. However, if this isn’t possible make sure you at least take the first week off. This is because anxiety and stress can impact the success of IVF; particularly within the first three to four days after transfer.

You’ll also want to make sure you keep on top of your medication as it’s easier than you might think to forget. Remember that the medication is used to keep the embryos alive so if need be, create a checklist each day to tick off when you take the medication.

Eating healthy, avoiding sex and not trying to guess whether you might be pregnant are also recommended. Overall, coping with the IVF wait can be agonising, but the above tips and advice can help to make it a little more bearable.