The process of IVF can be daunting and tiring for many couples. The repeated cycles and the expenses involved can take a toll on the couples, physically, emotionally and financially.,
Here are some simple but significant do’s and don’ts for the pre-IVF cycle period, during the IVF process, and post-IVF procedure. When a couple chooses to undergo IVF, the journey affects both the partners emotionally and physically. Following these tips increase the chances of your IVF success and helps you navigate through the journey in a simpler way.
Before beginning the IVF treatment
- Understand the treatment process
It is important for every couple to discuss both the partner’s health condition with the infertility specialist and understand the right treatment options available for them. It is imperative for the couple to discuss everything about their fertility issues to get the best line of treatment. At the same time, the infertility specialist must be open to the couple about the likely setbacks, and if any, how to rule them out.
- Reduce stress
Although the procedure is tiring, it is best if you can keep your stress away from your life. Stress can have a negative impact on the hormones which are responsible for your reproductive system. Stress has a direct impact on the fertility of both the man and the woman. The best way to deal with IVF stress is by incorporating yoga and meditation in your everyday life. The lesser you stress, higher are the chances of your IVF success.
- Achieve a healthy weight
Being overweight or underweight is bad for IVF success. To get the best results of IVF, it is important to achieve a healthy weight or maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Healthy weight improves your chances of conception. Eat a high fiber and high protein diet and cut down on carbohydrates if you want to lose weight. If you are on the lean side and want to achieve some weight, increase the intake of protein and carbohydrate. Spicy, oily, and processed food should be totally cut off from the diet course.
- Stay physically active
Going physically stagnant can reduce your chances of a successful IVF. Physical exercise is as important as a healthy diet. Both play a great role in helping you achieve the optimum BMI. Include low-intensity exercises such as walking, swimming etc. in your everyday regime.
- Include supplements
For a successful IVF, it is important for both the man and woman to prepare their bodies. As soon as the couple starts planning for IVF, they should start taking vitamin supplements, folic acid, and omega 3 fatty acids. They should strictly refrain from taking any medicines without the recommendations of the doctor.
- Do not smoke or consume alcohol
Smoking is a total no for couples who are trying to conceive. Alcohol consumption is also considered to be harmful but drinking in moderation (not more than60 ml twice a week) is permitted. But for higher chances of success, quitting alcohol and smoking totally is recommended. Regular intake of sodas and carbonated drinks is also prohibited.
- Do not hide your health conditions from the doctor
If you want to achieve the best outcome of IVF treatment, it is important for the couple to share the details of every ailment with the doctor. The couple should never hide problems like hypertension, diabetes, allergies, cardiac problems from the team of infertility specialists. In case, the reason of infertility in the couple is a problem with the man, such as premature ejaculation or problem achieving erection, it should be clearly discussed with the doctor too.
- Try acupuncture
Acupuncture is believed to increase the chances of IVF success. Acupuncture helps in implantation and aids the conception process. If you are planning for IVF, you can include acupuncture in your daily regime.
Do’s and don’ts during the IVF cycle
- Do not compromise on diet
Once your IVF cycle begins, you need to be extra cautious with what you consume. The couple should eat a balanced diet every day. Water plays an important role in your IVF journey. Staying hydrated is an absolute must. During the process, the couple should completely avoid intake of drugs, alcohol, and smoking cigarettes
- Do what the doctor advises
The couple should thoroughly follow the advice of the doctor. It is important to take the prescribed medications and injections on time. What the doctor advises is critical for the couple.
- Slow down your exercises
High-intensity workouts and cardio are an absolute no for the female once the cycle begins. However, the female can continue with low-intensity workouts such as yoga, meditations, and walking. This will not only help the female be physically fit but also help her cope with the mental stress.
- Do not indulge in sex for 10 days
Once the embryo is transferred in the uterus, the couple should refrain from indulging in an intercourse. Refraining from sex increase the chances of better implantation of the embryo.
Do’s and don’ts post IVF procedure
- Do not ignore the abnormal signs
Post-IVF process should not have any complications ideally. The female should rest for a few hours after the IVF and then resume her daily work. But in case, there are any abnormal signs like spotting, heaviness in the lower abdomen, bloating, burning sensation in the vagina, rush to the doctor without delay.
- Continue the healthy diet
Just because your IVF is over, doesn’t mean you can switch to a junk and oily diet. Keep having fruits and vegetables, proteins and carbs. Avoid spicy foods or junk food. Drink enough water. Watermelon juice and coconut water can keep your body hydrated for a long time.
- Get enough rest
Get adequate sleep. Relax, and let your body do the processing. &-8 hours of sound sleep is highly recommended post IVF. Any amount less or more can do harm to the body. Stay positive and keep your mind calm.
following these do’s and don’ts can help you improve your IVF success. But, nothing is guaranteed in this process. The smart thing to do as a couple is, keep plan B ready.
If you are dealing with infertility and looking for a reliable treatment, get in touch with the best infertility specialist at Pristyn Care.