Getting Organized for IVF
by Stephanie Fry
It is okay to admit that going through IVF is a big deal!
IVF is exciting, scary, complicated, challenging, expensive, and important. And just like any other major life event, this time of your life deserves to be, and will be, well served by a little extra attention, organization, and preparation.
If you have The IVF Journal you are well on your way to organizing your IVF treatment. You can use the book to organize and document every aspect of treatment: Clinic contacts, cycle schedules, finance and insurance, medication instructions, IVF monitoring results, complementary therapies, support resources and more.
If not, you should still make an effort to get organized. The simple act of organization and preparation helps you to really understand the process which allows you to cycle with confidence and surety. A must for a smooth cycle.
To get organized start by creating a cycle management center. It can be a shoebox, a drawer, a binder or notebook, any place where you can keep all your infertility information and IVF documentation in one place. This way, when you need something you will know where to find it or at the very least you will know where to start looking for it!
Gather up everything you have pertaining to your IVF treatment and infertility. Find out as much as you can about cycle logistics, appointments, locations, contact info, procedures, provider policies and the like. Include all of the information provided by your clinic, pharmacy and other practitioners like acupuncturists. Research your options for monitoring facilities, testing locations, pharmacies and complementary therapies.
Here is more on why to do this from The IVF Journal, Chapter 4 Your Medical Team: A New Kind of Village
“Having basic information at your fingertips (hours of operation, phone numbers, locations, and directions) means you don’t have to spend your precious mental energy searching for basics when you are in the middle of your cycle. It takes only a little bit of legwork to determine the closest, least expensive, least stressful options available to you, but this information is worth its weight in gold and can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. It is equally as important to understand provider policies and procedures. Understanding the way your clinic, pharmacy, and other providers operate, communicate, and interact can help to eliminate surprises and minimize stress. When questions arise, you will know where to look for the answers, and if you can’t find them, you will know who to ask and how to reach them.”
Next work on financial information and documentation including any insurance policies, receipts, payment and fee schedules and bills. Finally add in any in any support related information such as pamphlets, non-profit organization info, websites or other infertility or IVF related information you have on hand.
And there you have it, a go-to spot. This will absolutely be a lifesaver when you need or want to find information quickly. Also, creating it is a great way to better understand your treatment.
If collecting the information feels overwhelming or uncomfortable write down your questions and concerns as you go so you can address them with your providers the next time you connect with them or get your partner involved by putting them in charge of organization. It is a great way to get them involved in the process!
Of course, it is impossible to have everything figured out in advance, but a little knowledge and go-to spot like a cycle management center or The IVF Journal goes a long way to helping you have a more positive treatment experience – no matter what the outcome.