Preparing for IVF

Your doctor may ask you to do a number of tests before proceeding with IVF, if you haven’t already had them.

An ovulation test checks whether you’re currently ovulating.

An ultrasound of your uterus can check for conditions, such as uterine fibroids or polyps and ovarian cysts. It can also measure the size of your ovaries.

Ovarian reserve testing is a blood test that’s a good way to estimate how many eggs you have in your ovaries.

In addition, some doctors will request extra tests including blood group, rubella immunity, pap smear, breast exam, hepatitis B and C (both partners) plus an HIV test.

A semen analysis checks your partner’s sperm count, as well as the motility (swimming ability) and structure of his sperm.

A hysterosalpingogram if you haven’t already had one (to check if your fallopian tubes are clear)

Psychological preparation is also important as the disappointments of failed IVF cycles can be emotionally challenging. Talk to other people who’ve been through it and think about joining a support community.

Before your egg retrieval, you’ll meet your anaesthetist to discuss sedation for your procedure.

Before beginning the IVF process, you should tell your doctor about any existing health problems and medications you’re taking. Ask your doctor if you should stop any medications before the procedures.

Understanding IVF

5 steps in the IVF process.


Information is provided by HCF in good faith for the convenience of members. It is not an endorsement or recommendation of any form of treatment nor is it a substitute for medical advice, and you should rely on the advice of your treating doctors in relation to all matters concerning your health. Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, however HCF takes no responsibility for any injury, loss, damage or other consequences of the use of this information.