Verifies by Dr Lavanya R, Fertility Consultant at Nova IVF Fertility, Whitefield, Bangalore: One of the most important factors that women consider before choosing to undergo In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment is whether they will be able to continue working full-time through the procedure. IVF is a time-consuming method of assisted reproduction in which a man’s sperm and a woman’s eggs are fertilised in a laboratory dish. The fertilised eggs are then transferred into the uterus, where they develop.
IVF is an extremely demanding procedure that consists of multiple visits to the IVF clinic for regular check-ups, blood tests, medications, counselling, and ultrasounds to check progress. Moreover, the constant anxiety about the result of the treatment may also exhaust a woman. With all the physical, mental, and emotional burdens, women find it challenging to juggle work and IVF. However, working full-time while undergoing IVF treatment is possible with a planned schedule.
Tips To Manage Work-Life While Undergoing IVF Treatment
Here are three essential tips that can help women manage their job and IVF treatment simultaneously!
Understand The Length Of The IVF Treatment
A successful IVF treatment of a healthy ideal candidate can take anywhere between a few weeks to a couple of months. However, there is a high risk of failure in IVF pregnancies, and most women undergo multiple IVF cycles over an extended period before finally conceiving. The first step in your IVF journey is to choose a reliable and trustworthy clinic. You should also consider the distance of the clinic from your house and office as you may have to travel frequently. After choosing a clinic, talk to the IVF expert about your treatment timeline before it begins. Clear your doubts about the number of times you may need to visit the clinic, the time and length of your sessions, and make sure that they can be managed with your work commitments.
Choose Whether You Want To Share The News With Your Boss And Colleagues
Now that you have decided to undergo IVF treatment, it is important to decide whether you want to disclose the information at your workplace. Some women feel hesitant to share this with their colleagues and boss in fear of getting judged and discriminated against. However, there are some positives to opening up about your struggle. If you have a good rapport with your manager, they can help you by making your schedule more flexible without asking too many questions. Your colleagues are also likely to offer you support, making balancing your work and IVF easier.
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Schedule Your Appointments Carefully
A good fertility clinic will most likely schedule your appointments according to your work needs. However, there might be times when you have to visit the fertility clinic on a working day. You should book your appointment early in the morning to have the whole day to make up for the time. If you continue to miss work for your IVF appointments, you must delegate your work to someone else. Planning and managing your schedule ahead is highly recommended.
Takeaways- Focus on your health before work
Women should be healthy and stress-free to ensure a successful IVF pregnancy, and overburdening yourself will not allow you to do your best at work. Although it is necessary to manage your career while undergoing IVF, putting your work before your physical and mental health can harm you and your odds of getting pregnant. Therefore, eating healthy, taking rest, practicing self-care, talking to your loved ones, and keeping your mind at peace should be your priority during IVF. Striking a balance between work and IVF is possible if you stay positive throughout the journey!
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