In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex process that can be overwhelming. IVF involves several steps and can take several months to complete, making it important for couples to be well-informed and prepared for the journey.

To help, we have compiled a list of the ten top tips for starting IVF. These tips will provide practical advice and guidance on how to make the most of your IVF experience and increase your chances of success.

Whether you are just starting to consider IVF or already preparing for treatment, these tips will help you navigate the process with confidence and peace of mind.

  1. Do your research: Educate yourself on the entire IVF process and create realistic expectations.
  2. Prepare your body: Follow a healthy diet and exercise routine for optimal fertility.
  3. Talk to your doctor: Ask your doctor questions and discuss any concerns you have about the procedure.
  4. Build a support system: Find a support system of family and friends who can provide emotional support throughout the IVF process.
  5. Manage stress: Stress can have a negative effect on fertility, so it’s important to find ways to manage it. Consider talking to a therapist, practicing yoga or meditation, or engaging in other relaxation techniques.
  6. Stay organized: Create a system to track medications, appointments, and other related paperwork.
  7. Speak up: Be honest with your doctor and other medical professionals about any concerns you have.
  8. Take time for yourself: Make time for self–care activities such as reading, listening to music, or getting a massage.
  9. Don’t compare yourself to others: Remember that everyone’s IVF journey is unique.
  10. Stay positive: Focus on the progress you’re making and the hope that comes with IVF.

What tips have you found helpful on your fertility journey. Let us know in the comments below.


Matt is an NHS Consultant in Newcastle with over ten years of experience. His PhD research into subfertility and miscarriage involved developing a clinical trial and patient engagement.