It is undoubtedly disappointing, frustrating, and saddening when you have been unsuccessful in becoming pregnant. Fortunately, significant progress has been made in the area of assisted fertilization with many people who have previously been unable to conceive giving birth to healthy children. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an extensive process performed at fertility clinics. Whether it is effective or not is largely out of the patient’s hands.
While it obviously will never have a 100 percent success rate, there are certain things you can do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant through IVF. With such an important and life-altering process that will allow you to potentially achieve your ultimate goal, they should definitely be considered.
1. Get into shape
Before you begin the IVF process, although often easier said than done, you need to have a healthy body weight to increase chances of success. It is proven that patients that are overweight have been disappointed with IVF outcomes and it has been theorized that this is because extra weight hurts the eggs to be fertilized in the process.
To maximize the chances of IVF being successful for you, exercise regularly in an attempt to get your weight into the normal body mass index (BMI) range. That being said, over-exercising is not recommended as this can cause unneeded stress on your body that can potentially harm your odds of becoming pregnant. Jogging and gym regimens are largely discouraged with a reasonable amount of exercise being 30 minutes to one hour of cardio a few times a week.
2. Healthy diet
In conjunction with getting exercise, you should be adopting a healthy diet to increase your chances of IVF processes working for you. While this diet to increase your fertility will not be difficult, it may equal more preparation time to prepare the meals that you will eat each day. It is recommended that before you begin the IVF process, you start eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables free of pesticides as well as eating and drinking organic, raw dairy.
Fish, grains, and high-fiber foods are also recommended. These foods are high in nutrition and will ensure you are getting all vitamins you need. Consumption for soy is discouraged as it has qualities similar to estrogen that can significantly hinder fertility. Drink lots of water and avoid processed foods.
While you do your best to get all of the vitamins and nutrients you need, chances are you may still be missing some essentials or you may just need a bit of a boost. Therefore you should consider taking supplements before and during the IVF process. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is used by a large majority of IVF clinics because of its capability to help the ovaries respond to medications especially where there is a lack of viable eggs.
Omega- 3 supplements are also recommended as they have shown to improve embryo transformation during the IVF process. Prenatal vitamins, which contain folic acid, helps to prevent defects in areas that will ultimately become the baby’s spinal cord and brain. The folic acid is also instrumental in allowing for rapid cell production and providing enough calcium and iron for the mother and potential fetus.
The idea of acupuncture may make some people uncomfortable or apprehensive but this process has proven to have a positive impact on IVF success rates. Acupuncture can improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries and aid in the successful fertilization of viable eggs.
It can also be helpful in reducing any stress present, making the body a healthier environment needed for IVF to be a success. Acupuncture should be considered months before the IVF process begins, on the day of embryo transfer, and should continue after fertilization attempts are complete.