Ivf Preparation: Essential Tests You Need To Take Before Starting Treatment

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a widely used assisted reproductive technology that can help couples overcome infertility and start a family. If you are considering IVF, it's essential to undergo certain tests to ensure that you are ready for the procedure and that it has the best chance of success.

IVF involves the fertilization of an egg outside the body and then transferring the embryo to the uterus. It's a complex process that requires careful planning and preparation. Here are some of the tests that you may need before starting IVF:

  • Ovarian reserve testing: This test measures the quantity and quality of your eggs. It's essential to know how many eggs you have and how well they are likely to respond to stimulation medication.It includes transvaginal scan for measurement of follicle count in ovaries and blood test serum AMH.
  • Semen analysis: This test is for male partners to assess the quantity and quality of their sperm. It's essential to rule out any male factor infertility issues before starting IVF.
  • Infectious disease screening: Before starting IVF, both partners will need to undergo screening for infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
  • Uterine evaluation: A uterine evaluation can help determine if there are any structural issues with your uterus that could affect implantation. Tests for uterine evaluation may include hysteroscopy, saline sonohysterography, hysterosalpingogram,transvaginal scan or 3D TVS.
  • Genetic testing: Genetic testing may be recommended if you or your partner have a family history of genetic disorders. It can help identify any potential genetic issues that could be passed on to your offspring.
  • Mock embryo transfer: A mock embryo transfer involves inserting a catheter into the uterus to simulate an embryo transfer. This test can help ensure that the transfer procedure is smooth and successful.

It's essential to work closely with your fertility specialist to determine which tests are necessary for your specific case. Once the necessary tests are complete, your doctor will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your IVF treatment.

In addition to these tests, it's also essential to prepare yourself mentally and physically for IVF. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices: Eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and avoiding smoking and alcohol can all help improve your chances of success with IVF.
  • Manage stress: Stress can impact fertility and reduce your chances of success with IVF. Consider trying relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga to help manage stress.
  • Find support: Going through IVF can be a challenging and emotional process. Find a support group or talk to a counsellor to help you cope with the ups and downs.
  • Educate yourself: Understanding the IVF process and what to expect can help you feel more prepared and in control. Ask your doctor for resources or attend a seminar on IVF.

In conclusion, IVF can be a successful treatment for infertility, but it's essential to take the necessary tests and prepare yourself mentally and physically for the process. Talk to your fertility specialist about which tests you need, and take steps to ensure that you are in the best possible health for IVF.

Dr. Amreen Singh
Department of IVF & Infertility
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