Whether a couple goes through just one cycle or five, the experience of in vitro fertilization (IVF) can significantly affect an otherwise stable and healthy relationship. I know this firsthand.
I'm both an OB/GYN and a woman who has gone through many cycles herself. I know that the experience is rife with stress, fear, and worry.
And over the last two years of procedures, I've come to know my husband in a very different way. Sometimes he knows how to help me, and sometimes he doesn’t — not because he doesn’t want to, but simply because he doesn’t always know what I need from him.
That's why I wish all couples — especially the partners who won't physically be going through the process — knew a few important things up front. It's my hope that by sharing my insight, it will make things a bit easier for those about to embark on the IVF adventure.
Here's what I wish every couple knew before starting IVF: