Important questions to ask your IVF specialist at your 1st Visit

Important questions to ask your IVF specialist at your 1st Visit

8 April 2024

Important questions to ask your IVF specialist at your 1st Visit

Embarking on the journey of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) can be both exciting and daunting. For many couples, it represents hope and the possibility of starting or expanding their family. However, it’s essential to approach this process with clarity and understanding. Your first visit to an IVF specialist is crucial, as it sets the stage for your treatment plan and helps you gain insight into what lies ahead. To make the most of this initial consultation, it’s important to come prepared with relevant questions. Here, we outline some vital questions to ask your IVF specialist during your first visit.

What is the success rate of IVF at your clinic?

Understanding the success rates of IVF at the clinic you’re considering is essential. It provides insight into the clinic’s experience, expertise, and the likelihood of achieving a successful outcome. Ask about both overall success rates and success rates specific to your age group and circumstances.

It is also important to understand what success means. A good parameter of success is ongoing pregnancy at  2/3 months or live birth compared to a positive pregnancy test. As these parameters can not be manipulated easily.

Get estimated success ratio in your particular case.

What diagnostic tests will I need?

IVF treatment begins with a series of diagnostic tests to assess your reproductive health and identify any underlying issues. Ask your specialist about the specific tests you’ll undergo, such as hormone testing, ultrasound scans, and semen analysis for your partner. Understanding the purpose of these tests can help you feel more informed and involved in your treatment journey.

What are the potential risks and complications?

Like any medical procedure, IVF carries risks and potential complications. These may include ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), multiple pregnancies, and ectopic pregnancy. Your IVF specialist should discuss these risks with you in detail, along with steps to minimize them. Don’t hesitate to ask about any concerns you may have regarding the safety of the procedure.

What is the recommended treatment plan for us?

Based on the results of your diagnostic tests and your unique circumstances, your IVF specialist will recommend a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include medications, the number of IVF cycles recommended, and any additional procedures such as preimplantation genetic testing (PGT). Understanding your treatment plan is crucial for managing expectations and preparing both emotionally and practically.

What are the costs involved?

IVF treatment can be expensive, and it’s essential to have a clear understanding of the costs involved upfront. Ask your specialist about the breakdown of costs, including consultation fees, diagnostic tests, medications, and the IVF procedure itself. Inquire about any potential additional expenses that may arise during the course of treatment. Understanding the financial aspect allows you to plan accordingly and explore any available financial assistance options.

You may consider informing your choice to the doctor, usually doctors consider any advanced or additional techniques based on risk benefit or cost benefit ratio. If you want more economical treatment or if you want more advanced technologies you may inform the doctors.

If your success rate is lower because of age or your medical conditions you may ask for a package which includes more than one attempt of IVF.

Are there any lifestyle changes that can improve chances of success?

Your lifestyle and overall health can significantly impact the success of IVF treatment. Ask your specialist about any lifestyle changes you can make to optimize your chances of success. This may include maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, and managing stress levels through relaxation techniques or counseling.

What is the clinic’s approach to individualized care?

Every patient’s journey through IVF is unique, and it’s essential to ensure that your treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. Ask your IVF specialist about their approach to individualized care and how they will customize your treatment plan to optimize your chances of success.

How will you communicate with us throughout the treatment process?

Effective communication between you and your IVF specialist is crucial for a successful treatment outcome. Ask about the clinic’s communication policies and how you will stay informed and updated throughout the treatment process. Clarify how you can reach out with questions or concerns and what to expect in terms of response times.

What is the age limit for the procedure?

Age can be a significant factor in the success of IVF treatment. Ask your specialist about the clinic’s age limits for undergoing IVF and how age may impact your treatment plan and chances of success.

How can I help in my IVF journey?

As a patient undergoing IVF, there are steps you can take to actively participate in your treatment journey. Ask your specialist about ways you can contribute to the success of your IVF cycle, such as following medication protocols, adhering to lifestyle recommendations, and maintaining open communication with your healthcare team.

How long does the entire IVF process take, from start to finish?

Understanding the timeline of the IVF process is crucial for planning and managing expectations. Ask your specialist about the estimated duration of the entire IVF journey, from the initial consultation and diagnostic tests to embryo transfer and pregnancy testing.

How should I prepare for IVF?

Preparing both physically and emotionally for IVF can enhance your chances of success and improve your overall experience. Ask your specialist about specific steps you can take to prepare for IVF, such as dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, and strategies for managing stress and anxiety.

Will the specialist use my eggs in the process?

Understanding the specifics of your treatment plan is crucial, including whether your own eggs will be used in the IVF process. Ask your specialist about the approach they recommend for your particular situation, whether it involves using your own eggs or considering alternatives such as donor eggs.

You may ask about additional steps taken to minimizing gamete mix-ups.

What support services are available?

Embarking on the IVF journey can be emotionally challenging, and having access to support services can make a significant difference. Inquire about the support services offered at the clinic, such as counseling, support groups, or resources for coping with the emotional aspects of infertility and treatment. Knowing that support is available can provide reassurance and help you feel more prepared for the journey ahead.


Your first visit to an IVF specialist is an important step towards achieving your dream of parenthood. By asking the right questions and gaining a clear understanding of the process, risks, and expectations, you can feel more empowered and confident in your decision to pursue IVF treatment. Remember, your IVF specialist is there to guide you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek clarification on any aspect of your treatment journey.

At Bavishi Fertility Institute, we understand that every IVF journey is unique. Our team of experienced specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care and guidance throughout the process. Our unique IVF 360 plan helps in all round support in counselling , nutrition, meditation, exercise and ‘ Garbh Sanskar.’ Contact us today and make informed decisions and feel confident as you embark on this path to parenthood.

Author Bio

Dr. Parth Bavishi

Dr. Parth Bavishi, MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology, brings over 12 years of invaluable work experience to his role as Director of Bavishi Fertility Institute, leading a group of IVF clinics committed to helping couples realise their dreams of parenthood. 

Bavishi Fertility Institute is dedicated to providing customised and personalised treatments which are simple, safe , smart and successful. Bavishi Fertility Institute works with success and satisfaction for all at heart. Providing an ideal blend of professional treatment and personalised care.

Dr Parth had special training in infertility at Bavishi fertility Institute, the Diamond Institute, USA, and the HART Institute, Japan.

Dr. Bavishi is a distinguished expert in his field. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Bavishi is the author of the acclaimed book, ‘Your Miracle in Making: A Couple’s Guide to Pregnancy,’ offering invaluable insights to couples navigating the complexities of fertility. He loves to empower patients to make the correct choice by education both online and offline .

His exceptional contributions have earned him the prestigious Rose of Paracelsus award from the European Medical Association. Dr Parth has been an invited faculty at many national and international conferences.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Bavishi is an avid traveller who finds solace in exploring new destinations. He also enjoys engaging his mind with brainy puzzles, always seeking new challenges and solutions outside of the medical realm.

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