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^ Keeping yourself informed ^ Being there for your partner ^ Enrolling supporters m VF is a very high-tech way of getting pregnant and you have to get your head around all sorts of medical jargon and complicated instructions, not to mention putting up with the inconvenience of numerous clinic visits and all that poking, probing and prodding of your body along the way. But that's the easy part: The trickiest aspect of IVF for any couple is hanging on to each other and your sanity during the ups and downs of treatment.
In this chapter, I give you ten survival tips to help you through IVF.
Before undergoing IVF treatment you need to gather as much information as you can, so that you have an idea of what to expect and can make informed decisions about your treatment options. Most importantly, knowing how IVF can affect your emotional health and finding out about strategies to help you cope with treatment make you better equipped for the IVF journey. Refer to Chapters 9 and 11 for more information about the emotional aspects of IVF.
If you've already read this book — particularly Part II — you can actually tick this first tip off your list!
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