By GDIFR Posted in Infertility Friday, 01 March 2019

How to increase IVF success rate

For the majority of women the IVF per cycle success rate is 20-35%. Several rounds of IVF treatment is not only expensive, it also takes a toll on your health and bringing with it short term and long term side effects. Plus, the more IVF cycles you go through, the less likely you are to become pregnant as a result of the hormonal disturbances created.

Get nutritionally fit to optimize the conception success

It’s best to start six months to a year before you start the IVF process – the better your body is the more likely it is to work the first time.

Ways you can hack the eating plan to maximize the potential for pregnancy.

  • Reduce inflammation: Incorporate sprouted and fermented foods to deliver as many bio available nutrients as possible to the ovary.
  • Energize your eggs: Consume the majority of your fruits and vegetables raw during ovulation to up egg-boosting levels.
  • Boost Progesterone: Eat liver-supporting sweet root vegetables, like sweet potatoes, and leafy greens, to make sure you are eliminating estrogen efficiently and keeping an optimal ratio of estrogen and progesterone for pregnancy maintenance and to reduce the likelihood of miscarriage.
  • Boost your mineral stores: Replenish your minerals during the menstrual phase by consuming sea vegetables, avocados, and/or some free-range animal protein to deeply nourish your endocrine system for the next cycle.

Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!

The unspoken secret to IVF success

1. Try Acupuncture

Asian tradition use acupuncture to treat many health issues. Several studies have shown that acupuncture is beneficial for women undergoing IVF, especially on the day of transfer. It is thought that acupuncture improves blood flow to the uterus and ovaries which stimulates the release of neurotransmitters. It is also seen that women who have an acupuncture treatment on the day of embryo transfer have more chances of pregnancy than women who didn’t. Women who are interested in this procedure can add it to their IVF care since it has little downside overall.

2. Eat Plenty of Good Fats
Plenty of good fats

A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating foods rich in monounsaturated fats could help women trying to get pregnant through IVF methods. These “good fats” are already known to protect the heart, lower inflammation in the body and improve fertility. So eat plenty of foods rich in monounsaturated fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds, sunflower oil and olive oil. Along with improving fertility they are also much needed for the development of the foetus. In contrast, other research has shown that women on a diet rich in saturated fats found in butter and red meat produced fewer eggs that were healthy enough for use in fertility treatment. Therefore add these as part of your IVF success tips diet.

3. Meditation & De-Stressing

Avoiding stress cannot be emphasized enough as a major factor that contributes to IVF success. Stress is known to adversely affect health and negatively impact your reproductive system. It’s quite normal to feel anxious and stressed about your fertility treatments; however, you need to find time every day to de-stress to improve your success. You can start with meditation or listening to soothing music each day. Meditation and mindfulness involving gentle breathing techniques can greatly reduce stress and allow your body to function normally. They also curb thoughts of worry and lower your anxiety so you can feel calm and relaxed around your treatments.

4. Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine 

Avoid Alcohol and Caffiene

Alcohol is a teratogen and severely detrimental to the development of the foetus, therefore it must be avoided at all costs. Also on the list of things to avoid is smoking. If you have an addiction toward it, talk to your doctor before going for IVF treatments. Caffeine is also found to adversely affect the developing foetus. No more than 200mg should be taken per day during pregnancy. Ideally, it is better to avoid it during and after your IVF treatment.

5. Have sex after the procedure
Sex after IVF procedure

Although some experts recommend against it, some studies have found that having sexual intercourse after a procedure can improve the success of your IVF so some extent. The hypothesis is that the natural hormones and chemicals released during sex can help the chances of conception. Get your fertility expert’s opinion before going ahead with it.

6. Talk to a Counselor

Talk to a Counselor

Get help from a counselor on taking care of yourself emotionally as you go through feelings of hope, fear, excitement and even terror. Have your spouse, close friends or family to support you through the whole process.

7. Avoid Heavy Exercise
Avoid heavy Exercise

While it is essential to maintain good health through exercise, strenuous exercise can reduce fertility levels in women and decrease their rates of conception. Heavy exercise is also twice as likely to cause implantation failure and pregnancy loss. Therefore go easy around your IVF procedures and opt for low-intensity exercises such as walking, yoga or swimming.

8. Get Plenty of Rest
Get plenty of rest

It’s important that you maintain a consistent sleeping routine to allow your body to rest and recover. Eight hours of sleep a day is ideal and your sleep cycles should be regular for at least two weeks prior to your IVF cycle. Going to bed early is best and it’s recommended that you sleep without the interference of light. Sleeping in total darkness helps regulate the melatonin levels in the body. This hormone is critical for a good night’s sleep and your physical and emotional wellbeing. It also helps in the development of healthy follicles for your IVF.

Taking good care of your physical and emotional health around your IVF treatments can boost your chances of a successful pregnancy.

We are the leading Infertility Treatment and IVF Clinic in Kolkata and are internationally recognized as a centre of excellence. At the helm is our Director - Dr. Sudarsan Ghosh Dastidar, a man with over 30 years of experience in this subject.


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