First things first
To start thinking of IVF treatment you first need to rule out other options like different infertility treatments or change your lifestyle to a more healthier one. You should start with seeing your general practitioner (family doctor) who will check your medical history and examine you physically. He will then probably recommend some tests to be done and suggest some lifestyle changes. The general practitioner can also refer you to a specialist in a hospital or a fertility clinic.
At the fertility clinic
Here all your medical fertility history will be examined by the clinicians and staff. Before they consider that you undergo in vitro fertilization they first have to do simple tests and treatments. Then if the specialist indicates that you can go through with the IVF treatment he will refer you to a suitable conception unit but remember to not be hasty, go home and think things through.
At home preparations
There is a bunch of things you have to decide on when decide to go through with the IVF treatment. A lot of those things depend deeply on money of course and time. If you have plentiful of both (although you really never have too much time when it comes to treating infertility) you should take your time and choose the best clinic in the world you can find and make your chances greater. If your funds have limitations you will have to be a lot smarter and do a bit of investigating. You have to decide either you want the clinic to be abroad or local. In some countries IVF treatments are significantly more expensive than in others which makes people decide on an abroad clinic. This is of course associated with different additional costs for travel and accommodation. Anyway whether you choose a clinic abroad or local you need to draw up a ‘worst case scenario list of expenses’ so there is no way you will be caught off guard and be surprised. You have to keep in mind that it could turn out that the first treatment failed so be ready physically, emotionally and financially if you want to give it another try.
If you have the need to then talk with your family and friends about your plans for support, talking always helps. You can also find couples which have been going through the whole IVF process and take some advice from their experience.
At the chosen clinic
At the clinic you will get your whole fertility history looked into and then the examination will be carried out. It may occur that some other treatments will must be done before the main in vitro fertilization treatment. Be prepared for questions about your medical history and about your lifestyle. When they will accept you as a patient and you will have the green light for IVF, blood tests will be made for both you and your partner. Those tests include HIV and Hepatitis B & C testing. Your doctor will talk you through the all treatment plan.
Now when you know how to start IVF you can start taking the first step to parenthood.