10 Vital Questions to Ask your IVF Specialist at Your 1st Visit

Start Your IVF Journey With No Doubts!

Are you visiting the IVF Doctor first time for a consultation? Well, Congratulations! For taking the first step for your Infertility Treatment. 

If you are stressed, it's time to ask questions. The fertility specialists ensure to comfort you and counsel you personally as well as emotionally. The issue is not when you ask questions, but the primary concern is when you are blank and hesitate a healthy discussion. 

IVF Pregnancy is smooth for all those who acknowledge facts before initiating the journey instead of revolving around the myths. So, speak your mind on your first visit to an IVF specialist.

If you are confused, what to ask? Continue with a good read of the blog, and learn all the questions to ask your doctor before initiating your IVF Treatment.

List of Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Fertility Specialist before IVF Treatment

The patient must always ask basic questions from the doctor before starting any treatment; the same applies when you are planning for an IVF procedure. Let the doctor assist you from his end, but post that your list of questions shall be ready. 

In case you have any confusion about what to ask before starting IVF Treatment, here is the list of questions for your guidance.

Question 1: What Tests are Essential to Find the Cause of Infertility?

If you expect positive pregnancy results after IVF Procedure, the foremost requirement is to understand the cause of infertility. In many cases, there exist multiple causes of infertility. The inability to conceive can be due to infertility in either partner or both male and female partners. 

Infertility Tests help understand the root cause of not being able to conceive. 

It is possible to reveal the infertility causes in 4 out of 5 cases, and if the cause remains unrecognized, the doctors customize the IVF procedure accordingly. So, well in advance, you can ask the doctors to list all the necessary tests, preparation before the tests, and the cost of infertility tests. 

Some of the standard tests before IVF include:

  • Ovarian Reserve Test
  • Semen Evaluation Test
  • Tubal Patency Test
  • Hormonal Tests, and
  • Ultrasound

The information will help you prepare yourself and understand the role of diagnostics in infertility treatment. 

Question 2: Knowing the cause of infertility, is it possible to delay the IVF Treatment, or can the situation worsen with time?

The time frame of an IVF Treatment depends on multiple factors. If the condition or cause of infertility can impact the chances of success even after an IVF procedure, the doctors recommend undergoing the infertility treatment immediately.

Some of the factors that adversely affect the IVF timeline are detailed below.

  • When the cause of failed pregnancy is low ovarian reserve or endometriosis, the doctors recommend an IVF procedure at the earliest possible. It is because ignoring the treatment for longer can further reduce pregnancy chances.
  • If the reason behind failed natural pregnancy is physiological, let’s say, tubal scarring, then you require surgery before initiating In Vitro Fertilization. In such cases, the doctor usually recommends delaying the IVF procedure.
  • Another condition that leads to delay in IVF Treatment is hormonal imbalance. Doctors recommend supplements and medications to attain hormonal stability before treating sterile conditions.


Question 3: Can IVF Treatment be Risky or Have Side Effects?

There is no denying the fact that IVF Treatment is physically demanding, and it can cause specific discomforts. However, not every patient has to go through pain and disruptions. For some couples, the IVF journey is entirely smooth, but it is helpful if you know all the possible consequences of the treatment before initiating the same. 

Some of the possible and manageable risks of IVF are:

  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Premature delivery
  • Complications during egg retrieval
  • Lower birth weight
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  • Pelvic Pain

Knowing about the Risks of IVF Pregnancy, it’s easier to plan personal, professional and treatment schedules. Also, you can seek suggestions from the doctor regarding the management of side effects well in advance.

Question 4: Is IVF the First Procedure to Try While Initiating Infertility Treatment?

What should be the first step of infertility treatment entirely depends on the results of your fertility tests and personalized conditions. For specific cases, doctors start treating your infertility using minimally invasive procedures like Intrauterine Insemination, but that’s not always possible.

At times, doctors directly suggest starting with the IVF process directly. Here is the list of specific factors when doctors recommend initiating IVF without trying other procedures.

  • Low Sperm Count
  • Blocked Fallopian Tubes
  • Restricted Financial Conditions
  • The inability of Sperm to Survive in Cervical Mucus
  • Use of Antibodies That Impact Egg Quality

It would be better to ask your IVF doctor in your first meeting and conclude the result-oriented procedure for you.

Question 5: With Our Existing Medical Conditions, What Are The Chances That We Conceive In The First IVF Cycle?

Conceiving within the first IVF cycle is not possible for all. The experienced and expert professionals at Crysta IVF get along with the fact that a patient should seek three consecutive IVF cycles for a higher success rate. 

However, when you ask your doctor about how likely you can conceive within the first IVF cycle, they can answer your question by analyzing the reports of patients with similar medical conditions.

Some of the conditions that restrict IVF Pregnancy in the first cycle are mentioned below.

  • Age of the Couple
  • Infertility Conditions
  • Medical History

However, keeping in mind that there can be a minimum of three IVF Cycles will keep you away from stress. Even if you could not conceive the first time, you can keep your hope alive from the next cycle.

Question 6: What Can I Do To Increase My Chances of Pregnancy Through IVF?

Choosing an experienced doctor is one of the first steps that enhance your chances of conception. However, you have to support the doctor by following their advice throughout the IVF Treatment for successful results.

Adapting to the undermentioned recommendations enhances the success rate through IVF Pregnancy.

  • Quit Smoking and Drinking
  • Sticking to Nutritious Meals
  • Say No to Junk Food
  • Exercise Regularly Without Overexerting
  • Take Proper Rest
  • Live a Balanced Life
  • Stay Away From Stress

If the couples follow these suggestions before and during the procedure, IVF Success Rate improves significantly. 

Question 7: What Will Be The Cost of IVF Treatment For Me?

Financial management is one of the essential factors before you step in for an IVF Procedure. If you already know the estimated cost involved in the treatment, you can prepare yourself and not face any crunch in the middle of the procedure.

Also, it is mandatory to get a personalized quote because IVF Treatment Cost varies depending on several factors. It includes:

  • Choice of Doctor
  • Fertility Clinic
  • Age
  • No. of IVF Cycles
  • Diagnostic Requirements
  • Prevailing Medical Conditions
  • Drugs and Medicines

Also, the city can affect the treatment price. For Example, IVF Cost in Chennai can be lower compared to Bangalore. When you get a quote from your fertility specialist for the treatment, do not forget to ask for the inclusions and exclusions.

Question 8: Is There Any Other Option to Try After a Failed In Vitro Fertilization Procedure?

Yes, there are multiple ways to conceive if IVF is unsuccessful. Some of the commonly used methodologies by the best doctors at the top fertility clinics, like Crysta IVF, are:

  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • IVF with Donor Eggs
  • IVF using Donor Sperm
  • Blastocyte or Frozen Embryo Transfer

The doctor suggests a roadmap that drives you towards success based on your personalised condition.

Question 9: Under What Conditions IVF is More Successful, Single or Multiple Embryo Transfer?

Single or multiple embryo transfer cannot be a doctor’s decision alone. Although the doctors can suggest the most appropriate number of embryo transfers based on your age and medical conditions, he needs your consent. 

Here are the situations that can significantly impact the number of embryo transfers:

  • Single Embryo Transfer is Favourable If:
  • Your age is below 38 years
  • High-quality eggs
  • First IVF attempt 
  • Your body is favourable for IVF therapy as per diagnostic reports
  • Doctors Recommend Multiple Embryo Transfer For:
  • Patients with failed IVF Pregnancy
  • Couples over 38 years of age
  • Unfavourable prognosis for ART procedures
  • Low sperm count and ovarian reserve

The doctors opt for single embryo transfer if they recognize a higher IVF Success Rate as it has minimum risk. If they doubt the success through single embryo transfer then they proceed with multiple embryo implantation.

Question 10: What is More Preferable Fresh or Frozen Embryo Transfer?

Most fertility specialists opt for frozen embryo transfer, as the studies reveal that the success is higher with FET compared to fresh embryo transfer. Although that is not preferable at all to the Fertility Clinics. So, you can ask the queries directly to your doctor, what will be preferrable in your case.

Asking Questions is The Key to Unlock Smooth IVF Journey

IVF is a multiple steps procedure and is customized based on the personalized condition of couples. At Crysta IVF, all our fertility specialists are available to answer your queries, before you proceed for a tailor-made IVF procedure.

So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with the experts, clear your doubts and start with a safe and customized IVF journey at one of the most trusted fertility centre in India.

Stay tuned for more updates on the causes of infertility and the best treatment plans to get rid of it. 

Authored By:- Komal Daryani

Published on:- 11th May , 2022

DISCLAIMER : The blog content has been posted as a piece of information and awareness only. The content provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not proposed and should not be taken as medical advice. Crysta IVF strongly recommends users to consult with their health care providers to make any medical or health-related decision.

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