We have been blessed with our little twin girls seven years after our marriage..Our life now totally revolves around them..Our TTC journey was not an easy one and We were successful only on our second IVF.I wish to share my experiences during my IVF journey. IVF – I feel that there are many myths surrounding this word among many of us. Even educated couples, have some misunderstandings and feel bad when they are advised by doctors to opt for IVF. Before starting treatment cycle, we have to understand few things about IVF. Please note, I am neither a doctor nor a medical expert and I just wish to share my experiences after undergoing IVF for two times. 1.To start with, try to understand your medical issues, if any, which hinders the possibility of you becoming pregnant.Clarify your doubts with Doctor and then, choose regarding treatment,whether IUI or IVF. For us, Doctor explained very clearly about both IUI and IVF.I already read a lot and clarified my doubts with her. Me and my husband decided not to opt for IUI and to directly start IVF..I personally felt that IVF is better for us due to my age factor ( I know many would have got pregnant due to IUI, but I felt it won’t suit us) 2.Some couples think that all IVF cycles will result in pregnancy.No, it doesn’t always happen like that.We have to understand this basic truth before starting IVF – not all IVFs can give us babies. My doctor clearly explained that IVF definitely helps in increasing chances of pregnancy, but, at times, it can also fail. Doctors play an important role in egg collection and embryo transfer in IVF.But after that, whether that embryo implants or not, is really not in the hands of Doctor. I know, we opt for IVF to increase our chances of pregnancy.When it fails, we have to face both mental and physical pain.But, understanding that IVF can also fail, will definitely help us in long run during treatments. 3.TWW – Two week wait period after embryo transfer is very crucial.After that, we would know the final result – Positive or Negative.But, this is the time in which we would have some changes in our body.These symptoms usually confuse us a lot – whether it’s pregnancy or not. Please don’t start browsing to check about these symptoms.During my first IVF, I always googled and felt that I had all symptoms of pregnancy, but result was negative. During TWW of my second IVF, I never browsed about these symptoms.I read a lot of books and listened to music to while away my time.I know it’s very very difficult not to think about results.But I understood that it’s not in my hands and this attitude helped me a lot. 4.Believe in your Doctor.Clarify all your doubts and feel free to discuss your problems.If you’re not comfortable, then please change your doctor.IVF is a hard journey and a good doctor will always make you feel comfortable in this process. 5.Another question commonly asked is “Whether IVF is painful??”. I think it depends on pain bearing capacity of individuals.Yes, there are injections which I feel is not that painful.Then some women and not all, might feel pain after egg collection.There will be many vaginal scans in the whole process.For first time, I felt little uncomfortable during the scan, but after that got used to that.Then, there are tablets to be taken regularly. Overall, I personally feel that the pains associated with IVF is very much bearable. 6. Start your IVF cycle only when you are mentally, physically and financially ready. Patience is very much needed during treatment cycle.Sometimes, your cycle might get postponed due to many reasons. Don’t get frustrated that it’s delayed.Believe in your Doctors and try to stay calm. 7.Dealing with IVF cycle failure is very difficult and I have experienced it.It is OK to cry and be upset. But try to accept it and give time for yourself to recover.Don’t rush for another cycle immediately. Discuss with your doctor and then start only when you are ready. 8.My personal opinion is that it is not necessary to be completely at bed rest during 2 weeks waiting period.My doctor joked and I quote her ” Don’t worry. Your embryos are not going to fall”. I took rest for two days and after that I did all my normal activities. I felt it’s OK not to take bed rest. You decide whatever is comfortable for you after consulting with your doctor. 9. IVF is a journey which requires both physical and mental health.Eat healthy and try to be happy. Note: This post has been already published in my personal blog myliltwincesses.wordpress.com.