How to prepare for IVF - fertility expert Dr Victoria Walker reveals what every parent-to-be should know
Dr Victoria Walker from Institut Marques talks at length about what to expect when embarking on IVF
For all the information about IVF available, it remains a physically, emotionally and financially demanding process which may also tap into a couple's vulnerabilities .
This means it's incredibly important to be prepared, in both mind and body.
Yet with so much at stake, it can be easy to bundle misinformation and fact together when trying to research your next steps.
With this in mind, Dr Victoria Walker, a specialist in assisted reproduction at Institut Marques , has spoken to MirrorOnline to help separate fact from fiction, and to explain what every woman (and man) needs prepare for.
The average success rate of IVF
- It's an answer many people want to know before investing in IVF.
But while Victoria does say there's a 72.1 per cent chance of pregnancy per cycle (that's to say, a positive pregnancy test result, rather than a live birth), success rates decrease after the age of 35.
- There's an 81.8 per cent of a positive pregnancy test result for women having IVF under the age of 35.
Between the ages of 35 and 37 years, this goes down to 67 per cent.
- Between 38 to 40 there's a further decrease to 60 percent, and after forty most women are looking at a 50 per cent chance of a positive pregnancy test.
So to help those undertaking this often demanding journey, Dr Walker talks in her video about the physical and mental preparation as well as the other important factors to prepare for.