| Are There Any Ways To Improve IVF Success Rates?
Our body is a like a hybrid machine, the kinder you are to it, the better it performs. If you are preparing for IVF treatment, it is worth preparing your body 3 months in advance of your cycle (or at a minimum one month). The following are some tips which will (1) help minimize the side effects of the fertility drugs you will need to take and (2) help improve your IVF success rate.
Before Starting Your IVF Cycle
1. Check your body mass index. If you are overweight for your height, try to lose weight before beginning treatment. This will improve your chance of success significantly.
2. Follow a detox diet for 10-14 days (ideally a liver detox diet). If you don't become pregnant the first time, repeat the detox diet between each IVF cycle. Most detox diets give you a list of foods you can and can't eat. Foods to include are fresh fruit, vegetables, herbal teas and water. White meat, eggs, potatoes and nuts can be eaten in moderation. Foods to avoid include alcohol, dairy products, caffeine, non-organic foods, red meats, wheat, sugar and orange juice.
3. Have a lymphatic massage once a week. This is a special massage technique which helps rid the body of toxins via the lymphatic system. Combine it with your detox diet. Alternatively have a couple of reflexology treatments to help release any blockages in your system. Of course, all these therapies will need to be factored into your budget when planning your IVF treatment costs.
4. Take a good daily multivitamin which includes selenium, magnesium and zinc. Zinc is particularly important if you've been taking the contraceptive pill for years (it depletes the body of reserves).
5. Sleep lots: you will need to build up your energy reserves for the weeks ahead.
When You Start Your Cycle
6. Talk to your doctor about taking a vitamin C supplement (500 mg a day) to support your ovaries and to help prevent a miscarriage. A vitamin B-complex is also worth taking because it will help your body cope with the stress of the procedures. Read also, how can I improve my fertility naturally?
7. Keep an eye on your diet. Avoid all chocolate, processed foods, salty snacks, coffee, tea, sugary foods, carbonated drinks and alcohol. They can deplete the body of vitamins and nutrients.
8. Drink plenty of water. Water makes up 73 percent of our muscle and 83 percent of our bone structure. It is essential for flushing toxins out of the body and for transporting hormones around the body, as well as aiding egg development. Aim to drink 2 liters of water a day - ideally filtered or bottled water.
9. Continue to get lots of sleep. The more energy you can divert to baby making the better.
10. Have acupuncture. A 2002 study by the journal Fertility and Sterility reported 42 percent of women in a study who used acupuncture became pregnant compared to 26 percent of those who did not.
11. Exercise moderately for 30 minutes a day: yoga, walking, swimming are good options. Avoid any activities that involve lots of jumping around like aerobics or jogging.
12. Relaxation techniques: Once the embryos have implanted, there will be a two week waiting period before you know if you are pregnant. This can be a stressful time, so it is important that you plan ahead. Stress is NOT good for the body, so it won't help with the implantation process. Explore relaxation techniques and find one that suits you. This might be meditation or yoga. Practice, even as little as 10 minutes, a day can make a big difference.
For more tips see: IVF Preparation.
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