Is a counselor appt required before IVF?
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|Thu, 09-08-2011 - 8:57pm|
I am not sure what your clinic does but our clinic requires couples to meet with a counselor before starting IVF. I am just curious how other similar appointments went.
Our IVF counselor appointment went well and I really didn't know what to expect. I am not sure if it was really necessary because I knew all that but they are covering their bases. I was thinking she would cover the protocol and drug side effects. I guess not. :smileyhappy:
She talked about trickier subjects to get us thinking...
Example: The clinic usually puts back 2 but sometimes 3 depending on the case. There is a 2-4% chance that the single embryo will split after transfer to make identical twins so theoretically there is a chance to get quads with just putting 2 in. I know the chances are really low. She mentioned that with non-IVF embryos the split happens only 1-2% of the time. She wondered what we thought about keeping all babies or doing selective reduction. I think she is putting the cart before the horse. She just wanted to know if we, as a couple, could make a unified decision. She says when couples don't agree, they usually end up in divorce or marriage trouble. She doesn't care one way or another, just that we are unison in our decision. All I could think of is "Just get me pregnant first!".
She also wanted us to think about what would happen if we have extra embryos after we are all done TTC. (ex. Let them thaw and get thrown, donate to science, donate to a couple, etc).
The appointment was a lot of "what ifs". They also wanted to know if our marriage was strong because they had one instance years back where the couple was getting a divorce and on transfer day the husband said NO. I was more interested in the drugs that I will be taking and how to take them. I guess that will be another appointment closer to the time. This appointment was covered in the cost of IVF.
I was just wondering if every IVF couple has similar requirements.