When you’re investing incredible amounts of time, money, and psychological capital into an IVF cycle, you want to do everything you can to make it a success. While your doctor may be honest with you about those disappointing average success rates, what you are not likely to hear is that there is a way to dramatically boost your chances of getting pregnant from IVF.
Your age and using your own eggs are important IVF success factors to consider. While younger women have higher chances of IVF success, factors that reduce the chances of IVF success include being an older woman with fewer eggs and the lower quality of an older woman’s eggs.
In fact, the live birth IVF success rate for women under 35 who start an IVF cycle is 40 percent. However, women over age 42 have a 4 percent success rate.
Myth #1: You have no control over the success of an IVF cycle.
The results of an IVF cycle are to a large degree based upon a thorough evaluation of the couple, and there are a number of things your doctor can do before you begin to optimize success rates.
Why Prepare for Your IVF?
Think of this time as “preparing of the soil”. When your IVF procedure is successful you will be pregnant, so this is the best time to prepare your body and give your baby the best possible start. By preparing for your IVF you are able to support your hormonal and reproductive system, nourish your body, have nutrients available during the crucial early stages of fetal development and have the tools to handle any stress that may come your way during this journey.
Nourish Your Body for Optimal Nutrition With Diet, Supplements and Superfoods
The second part of this program focuses on nutrition and the nutrients you are adding to your diet. We just covered cleansing and increasing circulation to the reproductive system, this is one aspect of “preparing the soil”, now is the time to add good things to the soil that will help the seed to thrive and grow. You can do this for yourself through diet, supplements and superfoods.
Reduce inflammation: Incorporate sprouted and fermented foods during your follicular phase to deliver as many bioavailable nutrients as possible to the ovary.
Staying well nourished boosts your odds of conceiving! Make sure to include enough protein, iron, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D in your diet, because deficiencies in these nutrients have been linked to lengthened menstrual cycles (and therefore less frequent ovulation) and a higher risk of early miscarriage. Ask your doctor if you should take a daily multivitamin supplement. And be sure to eat protein-rich foods, such as meat, fish, low-fat dairy products, eggs, and beans.
Think Before Drinking
A growing body of research has linked alcohol consumption with a decreased ability to get pregnant (it can also harm a developing fetus). Alcohol alters oestrogen levels, which may interfere with egg implantation, although pouring an occasional glass of Pinot with your dinner is unlikely to harm fertility. You should also consider cutting back on caffeine while you try to conceive and during your pregnancy.
Watch Your Weight
Aside from the other risks, it poses to your health, excess body fat can lead to an overproduction of certain hormones that disrupt ovulation. Your cycles may be less regular, you may ovulate less often, and you lower your chances of getting pregnant.
Stop smoking if you want to improve your chance of having a baby. In fact, many times the woman is required to stop smoking at least 3 months before starting IVF treatment.
- Smokers require higher dosages of fertility drugs to stimulate their ovaries
- Smokers have lower implantation rates than nonsmokers
- Women who smoke require almost twice as many IVF attempts
- Women who smoke experience more failed fertilisation cycles
Lower Stress effects.
A study published in the March 2014 issue of Human Reproduction followed 401 couples who were trying to conceive. Researchers analysed two stress biomarkers (alpha-amylase and cortisol) in women and discovered that those with high levels of alpha-amylase were twice as likely to be at risk of infertility. Based on the research, scientists believe stress can contribute to infertility, though it’s not necessarily a direct cause; other factors (like low sperm count and quality) could contribute to it.
Specific toxins, such as pesticides, preservatives, parabens found in grooming and beauty products, chemicals in cigarettes, alcohol, certain medications, and synthetic hormones from hormonal birth control are known to negatively affect fertility. Therefore it’s suggested to begin ridding them from your system at least 90 days before you start treatment, and the best way would be with a natural fertility cleanse kit.
Added fertility benefits of such a detox include increased circulation to the uterus, allowing for the shedding of uterine lining remaining from previous cycle.
PRE-IVF Homeopathy Treatment
Developed at Welling Clinic’s research department, it involves specially developed Homeopathic treatment protocol to improve egg quality, improve the reproductive functioning and also improve vaginal health for sperm travel. Homeopathy medicines can help men by improving the overall sperm health. Homeopathic treatment can also help with lowering the effect of stress on your body, as stress in known to heavily reduce IVF success rate. Welling PRE-IVF treatment also involves diet monitoring, specific yoga postures to reduce early miscarriage all leading to a healthy pregnancy.