The process of in vitro fertilization can be difficult and tiring for many couples. Repeated cycles and associated costs can cause physical, emotional, and financial damage to the couple.
Here are some simple but important recommendations and prohibitions for the pre-in vitro cycle period, during the in vitro fertilization process, and for post-in vitro fertilization procedures. If the couple chooses to undergo IVF, the journey will affect both their partners emotionally and physically. Following these tips will increase your chances of success for IVF and help you navigate your journey in an easier way.
Before starting IVF treatment
- Understand the treatment process
It is important that all couples discuss the health of their partners with fertility specialists and understand the appropriate treatment options they have available. To get the best treatment, it is essential that the couple discuss all the issues of infertility. At the same time, fertility professionals must be open to couples about possible setbacks and, if any, how to rule them out.
- Reduce stress
The procedure is tedious, but it’s great if you can keep stress away from life. Stress can adversely affect the hormones that cause the reproductive system. Stress directly affects the fertility of both men and women. The best way to deal with the stress of in vitro fertilization is to incorporate yoga and meditation into your daily life. The less stress you have, the more likely you are to succeed in IVF.
- Achieve a healthy weight
Being overweight or underweight is bad for IVF success. Achieving a healthy weight or maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) is important for the best results of IVF. A healthy weight increases the chances of conception. If you want to lose weight, eat a high-fiber, high-protein diet and reduce carbohydrates. If you are on the lean side and want to achieve some weight, increase your protein and carbohydrate intake. Spicy, greasy, processed foods should be completely separated from the diet course.
- Keep moving
Physical stagnation can reduce the chances of IVF success. Exercise is as important as a healthy diet. Both play a major role in achieving optimal BMI. Include low-intensity exercise such as walking and swimming in your daily routine.
- Include supplements
For successful in vitro fertilization, it is important for both men and women to prepare their bodies. As soon as the couple begins planning for IVF, they should start taking vitamin supplements, folic acid, and omega-3 fatty acids. You should strictly refrain from taking medicine without the recommendation of your doctor.
- Do not smoke or consume alcohol
For couples trying to get pregnant, there is no smoking at all. Drinking alcohol is also considered harmful, but moderate drinking (60 ml or less twice a week) is permitted. However, to increase your chances of success, it is advisable to stop alcohol and smoke completely. Regular intake of sodas and carbonated drinks is also prohibited.
- Don’t hide your health from your doctor
If you want to achieve the best results of IVF, it is important for the couple to share the details of all the illnesses with their doctor. Couples should not hide problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, allergies, and heart problems from a team of infertility specialists. If the reason for the couple’s infertility is a male problem such as premature ejaculation or an erection problem, it should be clearly discussed with the doctor.
- Try acupuncture
Acupuncture is believed to increase the chances of IVF success. Acupuncture helps implantation and helps the conception process. If you are planning in vitro fertilization, you can include acupuncture in your daily regime.
What to do and what not to do during the IVF cycle
- Don’t compromise on your diet
Once the IVF cycle begins, you need to pay particular attention to what you consume. Couples need to have a balanced diet every day. Water plays an important role in the in vitro fertilization journey. Hydration is absolutely necessary.In the process, couples should avoid drugs, alcohol and smoking altogether
- Do what the doctor advises
Couples should follow the doctor’s advice completely. It is important to take the prescribed medications and injections on time. The doctor’s advice is important for the couple.
- Slow exercise
At the beginning of the cycle, there is absolutely no high intensity training and aerobic exercise for women. However, women can continue low-intensity training such as yoga, meditation, and walking. This not only helps women become physically healthy, but also helps them cope with psychological stress.
- Don’t indulge in sex for 10 days
Once the embryo is transplanted into the uterus, the couple should refrain from indulging in sexual intercourse. Refraining from sex increases the chances of better implantation of the embryo.
Do not post in vitro fertilization procedures
- Don’t ignore the unusual signs
The process after in vitro fertilization should ideally be uncomplicated. Women should rest for a few hours after IVF and then resume their daily work. However, in some cases, there are unusual signs such as spotting, lower abdominal weight, bloating, and a burning sensation in the vagina, so hurry to your doctor without delay.
- Continue a healthy diet
Just because you’ve finished IVF doesn’t mean you can switch to a junk, greasy diet. Keep with fruits and vegetables, protein and carbs. Avoid spicy foods and junk foods. Drink enough water. Watermelon juice and coconut water can keep your body hydrated for a long time.
- Get enough rest
Get enough sleep. Relax and let your body process. After in vitro fertilization, we strongly recommend 8 hours of deep sleep. The amount can be more or less harmful to the body. Stay positive and calm your mind.
Following these things to do and not to do can help improve the success of IVF. However, nothing is guaranteed in this process. The smart thing to do as a couple is to have Plan B ready.
If you are dealing with fertility and are looking for a reliable treatment, contact the best fertility specialists at Pristine Care.