It’s normal to be a bit nervous when starting IVF treatment. As well as concerns about the treatment itself, there is the uncertainty of whether your will be able to get pregnant. But you don’t need to put pressure on yourself. In fact, you can put your mind at ease. To help you, we have asked Dr Beatriz Álvaro from our centre’s Reproductive Medicine Unit to answer a few of the most common questions patients ask her.

Do I have to start treatment on a particular day?
Yes, in the first few days of your period. It is sometimes necessary to use contraceptives to have more control over the process, especially if you have irregular periods.

How long does the ovarian stimulation treatment last?
Ten days on average, but this can vary from woman to woman as we have to wait for the follicles to reach a suitable size. Because of this, you will have regular tests from the fifth day.

What do I do if I forget to take an injection?
First inform your doctor, then take the dose for the following day as soon as possible.

Can I have sexual intercourse during the stimulation treatment?
You should discuss this topic with your gynaecologist, as it is not always recommended. In general, if there are no contraindications, you can, although if you have a male partner he should abstain from ejaculating for between two and five days from the planned date when the eggs will be retrieved.

What about after the puncture or the embryo transfer?
After the puncture and the embryo transfer you are advised not to have intercourse until the day of the pregnancy test. However, you should always discuss this topic with your gynaecologist.

What precautions do I need to take after the transfer?
You can go about your life as normal, but you should avoid carrying heavy loads or over-exerting yourself, such as by taking part in intensive sports.