In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is probably the most well-known process in assisted reproduction. This is the technique that helps us to achieve fertilization between the egg and sperm in order to obtain embryos in the laboratory. It may generate many doubts, mainly due to lack of knowledge. However, in this article, we will detail how to prepare for IVF properly.
How to prepare your body for IVF
As we were saying, this is a process loaded with emotions and feelings, a process in which the patient does not want to leave anything to chance, so usually women have questions about how to prepare for IVF with the goal of increasing the chances of achieving pregnancy.
Diagnosis of infertility
This represents the fundamental first step in any reproductive medicine process. An accurate diagnosis, of the woman and her partner – if applicable, is key for the specialist to recommend the most suitable treatment and personalize it according to the individual needs of each patient.
It is advisable to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Among the most common recommendations are following a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise. Additionally, of course, it will be essential to avoid harmful habits such as alcohol and tobacco consumption, among others. On the other hand, it will be crucial to maintain a healthy BMI, neither above nor below.
Follow the specialist’s recommendations
The medical team overseeing your treatment will be responsible for providing medication recommendations with the goal of maintaining optimal hormone levels during the cycle, which is essential for the success of the procedure.
Should I shave before embryo transfer?
It will not be necessary to shave before the embryo transfer. The presence of body hair does not affect the treatment’s execution or its success.
How to increase chances of IVF success
While reproductive medicine is not an exact science, there are some general tips that may help increase the success of IVF.
Attitude is crucial
Emotions play a leading role in assisted reproduction treatments. Maintaining a positive attitude is important. If needed, do not hesitate to seek help from a professional to learn how to manage emotions.
Post-Embryo Transfer Care
It will be the medical team that provides you with recommendations to follow after the transfer, in terms of rest and limitations on physical activity.
How to cope with stress before IVF
As mentioned earlier, emotions are present in the process of infertility and assisted reproduction. Proper stress management is crucial during IVF treatment. Some tips for managing stress before IVF include:
- Seek emotional support. It can be a friend or family member, or even better, a specialized professional.
- Practice relaxation exercises.
- Engage in leisure and enjoyable activities.
IVF Diet Plan
Following a healthy diet is important at all times, including during IVF treatment. The foods you consume can influence the quality of gametes, both eggs and sperm, and, of course, have an impact on overall health.
Proteins are essential for the quality of eggs and sperm. Incorporate foods like chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, legumes, or tofu into your diet. Additionally, complement with fruits and vegetables, which provide antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Try to include a variety of colors and types to ensure the intake of all essential nutrients. Finally, consume foods rich in healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, or nuts, which are fundamental for hormone production.
This is one of the key indicators in an IVF process. You can find it in foods like spinach, asparagus, legumes, or cereals. Your specialist will recommend supplementation if necessary.
Adequate water intake is essential for optimal hormonal balance and overall health. Additionally, it may be advisable to reduce the consumption of caffeine-containing beverages.
Reduce Processed Foods and Refined Sugars
Opt for healthy foods that provide nutrients and are unprocessed. Moreover, foods high in sugars can affect hormonal response.
However, all these recommendations are general and may vary from person to person. Before making dietary changes, you can consult with a specialist or the medical team overseeing your assisted reproductive treatment.
Your Dream of Motherhood at IVI
In summary, preparation for IVF involves a combination of physical care, emotional support, and medical monitoring. Starting with an early and accurate diagnosis, and with the right professionals, you can achieve your dream of becoming a mother. IVI has been an expert in reproductive medicine for over 30 years. Call us or fill out the contact form to start your journey towards motherhood.