An IVF calendar is a record of specific events related to In Vitro Fertilization, a process where an embryo is created in a laboratory dish, and then transferred to the uterus of the mother. It is a multi-step process requiring each step to be completed at a specific date and time during the process.
The IVF calendar is a crucial part of the In Vitro process, as it provides the tracking and reminder capabilities necessary for the mother to stay on track during the process. If a scheduled step is missed, the entire process could be put at risk, hence the need to have a detailed and well thought out IVF calendar.
Selecting an IVF Calendar Type
There are many different options to consider when selecting the type of calendar to use for the IVF process. The most common ones are electronic based, usually integrated into the email application you use, or physical, like a datebook or calendar you hang on the wall. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and should be selected based on your own personal daily schedule and habits.
Calculating Key Dates and Times
When determining the key dates and times for each step in the process, it is very important to get the input your doctor. Many factors and variables come into play when making these initial calculations, including the menstrual cycle of the mother and type of medication to be taken. Outlining clearly every step on your IVF calendar at the beginning will hopefully save confusion and mistakes down the line.
Setting IVF Calendar Reminders
If you’re using an electronic version of the IVF calendar, odds are there is some sort of reminder functionality included. Be sure to set multiple reminders for each crucial step in the process to ensure that the key time is not missed. If you’re using a physical version of an IVF calendar, then be sure to add reminders a few days in advance to be sure that you’re aware of upcoming steps. Another good idea is to print out copies of the calendar and place them in areas around the house, work, car, etc. where you typically spend your day. This will ensure that you’re always aware of where you are at in the process.
The physical, emotional and financial resources committed to the process of In Vitro Fertilization make it clear how necessary it is to have a good IVF calendar system in place. The more work done up front to clearly outline key dates and times in the process, the less likely something will be missed, and greater the odds that the outcome will be a success.