During this webinar, Veatriki Tsatsouli, Managing Director & Head of the International Patient Department, talked about all aspects you need to think about before embarking on your IVF journey.
Understanding the Emotional Struggles
Veatriki Tsatsouli began by acknowledging the emotional toll that accompanies fertility treatments. She emphasised the strenuous efforts couples invest in their quest to conceive. She acknowledged the fears and anxieties that often arise due to uncertainties surrounding the procedures and potential risks. Stressing the role of knowledge in alleviating these concerns, she encouraged patients to actively seek information, never hesitating to ask questions of their fertility specialists and treatment coordinators.
The more you know and understand the process, the less stress you have and the more confident you feel about your treatment journey.
Veatriki cautioned against relying solely on internet sources, as they can sometimes lead to heightened stress and anxiety. She advised to choose reliable sources and focus on understanding the treatment steps and processes rather than getting bogged down by personal opinions.
Age and Fertility
Addressing the impact of age on fertility treatments, Veatriki emphasized that delaying treatment can negatively affect success rates. With statistical evidence in hand, she highlighted the decline in fertility after the age of 30 and the gradual decrease in the chances of pregnancy as women approach their 40s. Stressing the importance of seizing the right moment, she encouraged her listeners not to wait for the “perfect” time, as age can become a significant obstacle.
The Patience Factor
Acknowledging the necessity of patience throughout the fertility journey, she recognized that while hearing “be patient” might be frustrating, it is crucial. She acknowledged that fertility treatments are a step-by-step process that may take time, urging patients to mentally prepare for the duration it might require.
Building a Support System
Veatrikit then discussed the importance of choosing the right support system. She acknowledged the complexities of sharing fertility struggles with friends and family, suggesting that individuals identify someone who can truly stand by them. She acknowledged that some people might inadvertently add stress, making it crucial to avoid such situations to maintain emotional well-being. Recognizing the emotional stress associated with fertility treatments, Veatriki advocated seeking psychological support. She emphasized that mental health is a cornerstone of successful outcomes and encouraged individuals to consider therapy or counseling to cope effectively with the challenges.
Collaboration with Specialists
Tsatsouli emphasized the importance of following doctors’ advice and trusting their decisions. She highlighted how every treatment plan is customized based on various factors, including age, medical history, and hormonal profile. Emphasizing the need to avoid straying from prescribed protocols, she underlined how deviations can negatively impact treatment outcomes.
It’s also crucial to remember that failures are a part of the process, and maintaining a positive mindset to manage unforeseen circumstances is essential. Although emotional fluctuations and minor physical discomfort might occur, they are manageable.
Stay positive, stay confident, and remember that success is influenced by various factors.
Concluding her presentation, Veatriki encouraged maintaining a balance between positivity and realism. She acknowledged the higher success rates for women under 35 but highlighted the importance of considering individual factors, such as age, weight, and lifestyle. She reminded her audience that while challenges are present, with the right mindset and support, they can navigate the fertility journey successfully.