Author : Dr Parminder Kaur

 MBBS, DGO, DNB,  Senior Consultant – Fertility & IVF, in Sector 43, Chandigarh.


In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a significant stride toward fulfilling the dreams of parenthood for many. Your first consultation is a cornerstone in this journey, laying the groundwork for the path ahead. According to  Dr Parminder Kaur, MBBS, DGO, DNB, Senior Consultant – Fertility & IVF, in Sector 43, Chandigarh, here are 10 pivotal discussions to have during your first IVF consultation:

Your IVF Timeline:

Embarking on the IVF journey is akin to stepping into a meticulously orchestrated process. One of the first aspects to unveil is the timeline of your IVF journey, which could be influenced by myriad factors. Whether you opt for a cycle using freshly created embryos or prefer the embryos to be frozen for a later transfer, the timeline may vary. Moreover, if genetic testing on the embryos is part of your plan, this could also extend the timeline. Typically, an IVF cycle, from initiation to the point of pregnancy confirmation, spans between 8 to 12 weeks. It’s imperative to discuss how your personal and professional commitments, like work obligations, holiday travel plans, and vacation schedules, mesh with the IVF timeline. A thorough discussion with the IVF nurse coordinator post your consultation will help tailor the timeline to your circumstances, ensuring a smooth progression through the various stages of IVF

Financial Aspects: 

IVF is a substantial financial commitment. Delve into the costs, insurance coverages, and available financing options. Explore packages that may provide flexibility in the number of IVF cycles or egg/embryo banking opportunities​2.

Recommended Testing:

Fertility testing helps in tailoring your IVF treatment. Understand the tests recommended, their purpose, and how they contribute to a comprehensive analysis of your reproductive health. This may include ovarian reserve testing, semen analysis, blood tests, imaging tests, and possibly genetic screening​.

Age Considerations:

Age is a significant factor in fertility. Discuss the implications of age on your IVF treatment, the clinic’s age limit for IVF, and the possibilities of using your eggs versus donor eggs.

Donor Eggs or Sperm:

The topic of using donor eggs or sperm can be a poignant discussion, often brought into the dialogue in cases of multiple failed IUI attempts or previous unsuccessful IVF cycles. The quality of eggs and sperm is a cardinal factor in achieving a successful pregnancy, and age, chromosomal, or genetic abnormalities can significantly impinge on this quality. If the fertility specialist suspects that these factors might be hurdles in your path to parenthood, discussing the option of using donor eggs or sperm becomes pertinent. A healthy woman in her early to mid-40s using donor eggs, for instance, aligns her IVF success rates with the younger age bracket of the donor, significantly enhancing the chances of a successful pregnancy. This discussion could open doors to alternative pathways in your IVF journey, underscoring the importance of being open to different avenues toward achieving the cherished goal of parenthood​

Treatment Plan:

Your personalized treatment plan is the roadmap to your IVF journey. Discuss the medication protocol, monitoring schedule, and any advanced reproductive technologies that might be part of your treatment plan.

Success Rates:

Understanding the success rates of the clinic and how they compare to national averages provides a realistic perspective on the potential outcomes of your IVF treatment.

Alternative Plans:

Contingency planning is prudent. Discuss the steps post an unsuccessful IVF cycle and explore options like frozen embryo transfers or other advanced reproductive technologies to better prepare for the journey ahead​.

Open Dialogue:

Fostering an open dialogue with your fertility specialist is key. Ensure all your concerns are voiced and addressed and allow the specialist to share important insights that could be beneficial for your IVF journey.


Your first IVF consultation is a stepping stone into a journey filled with hope, anticipation, and meticulous planning. Being well-informed and having a clear understanding of the journey ahead empowers you to make informed decisions as you step into the promising realm of IVF.

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