On a daily basis in Medimall IVF Clinic, we are facing a lot of couples that differ from each other in many different occasions. A high percentage of them are overwhelmed with anxiety, fear and uncertainty on what a cycle of IVF involved.
Whilst IVF is not an exact science and no-one can ever guarantee that your cycle will have the desired result, going into IVF as prepared as you can give yourself the best possible chance of success.
Ideally, you should give yourself a minimum of 3-6 months to start preparing your body for the IVF cycle however, even if you have less time than this, any preparation is better than nothing so do what you can with however much time you have.
In Medimall IVF Clinic, we calm down all the infertility couples, we advise and support them in all steps of their IVF journey and we are dedicated and persistent for your success.
What follows are the top 5 tips for preparing your body for your IVF cycle:
1.Eat fertility enhancing foods
The first tip is to clean up your diet and try to incorporate some fertility enhancing foods. Being underweight or overweight can seriously affect your chances of the IVF being successful therefore having a healthy BMI is important. Different fertility clinics have different guidelines but generally a BMI of between 20 and 30 is considered supportable.
A diet that is low in fat and high in protein, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium is important. Leafy greens, fruits and vegetables are ideal and a great boost. Foods that are considered especially good for boosting fertility are avocados, eggs, nuts, beans and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon as well as whole grains. Avoiding foods high in sugar, processed and hydrogenated foods is one-way road and very wise. It is not recommended to start a diet of any kind, as restricting certain foods or minerals could adversely affect your treatment.
2.Stop smoking, drinking alcohol & reduce caffeine
As a second tip is to prepare your body for IVF with stop smoking, drinking alcohol and to reduce your intake of caffeine. It is a proven fact that nicotine can age ovaries and also make eggs resistant to fertilization, never mind the damage it can do to an unborn fetus if your IVF is successful. Consuming alcohol during an IVF cycle has been known to reduce the chance of it being successful by up to 50%. A high intake of caffeine can also have an unfavorable impact on an IVF cycle therefore is best avoided or limiting yourself to a maximum of 2 cups of coffee a day.
3.Invest in high-quality vitamins
Egg quality is one of the most critical factors of an IVF cycle and can make the difference between having a successful or unsuccessful treatment round. Therefore, the third tip is to take fertility enhancing vitamins. There are many prenatal supplements available in supermarkets or pharmacies however it’s worth investing in a high-quality multivitamin. Medimall IVF Clinic can advise you of a good choice, however at a very minimum you should be taking Folic Acid prior to and during your cycle.
4.Look into alternative fertility therapies
The fourth tip is to look into alternative therapies that you can undergo prior to and during your cycle. There are many courteous therapies now that are specifically tailored to enhancing fertility and in an ideal world, this could potentially stop you from having to do any IVF at all! We were seeing a lady for a while who carried out Reproflexology, which is fertility-focused Reflexology, and she has had prodigious results with ladies who have gone onto not need any fertility treatment at all. In addition, complementary therapists are commonly board-certified to purvey you with advice on herbal remedies that can be taken alongside your therapy, such as Chinese herbs or herbal essences.
5.Commit to relaxation techniques
Our last tip is a must-do for before, during and after an IVF cycle. And that is to reduce stress, get plenty of rest and perpetrate some relaxation techniques such as meditation, mindfulness or simply just breathing exercises. An IVF cycle is a very stressful, worrying and physically demanding process and whilst it is easier said than done, keeping your stress at a minimum is paramount and prevalent.
We hope these tips are useful to anyone who is about to go aboard on an IVF cycle, whether it be your first round or tenth round. Whilst every cycle can take a huge toll on your body and mind, it is worth committing 100% to every round as that could very well be the round that outcomes in the greatest and most worthy desire of your life, a newborn baby that will be the meaning of your whole life.