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How to Improve IVF Success Rates After Embryo Implantation

Introduction: IVF treatment can be a rollercoaster of emotions, from hope and joy to anxiety and concern. The pivotal moment of the embryo transfer process marks the final step of the treatment and the ultimate hurdle to achieving pregnancy. During this critical period, it is essential to maintain a stress-free and calm mindset to optimize the chances of success. In this article, we will explore various ways to enhance the success rates of IVF treatments after embryo implantation, from relaxation techniques and dietary considerations to the potential benefits of acupuncture. Join us as we delve into the factors that could influence the success of your IVF journey with insights from First Fertility.

The Rollercoaster of IVF Treatment

Your journey through IVF treatment will most likely be a rollercoaster of different emotions, from joy and hopefulness through to anxiety and concern. However, the most nerve-racking time for many women is the embryo transfer process, as it is the final step of their treatment and the final hurdle to becoming pregnant. Throughout this time, it is important that you remain as calm and stress-free as possible in order to get the best results from your treatment.

Relaxation techniques for stress relief.

Relaxation techniques for stress relief.

Importance of Relaxation

Once the process of transferring the embryos to your uterus has been completed, you will have to wait for a few weeks to see if the pregnancy is beginning to progress, so let’s look at a few ways you can help improve your chances of success with First Fertility.

The official word is that there is no definitive proof that bed rest itself has a direct impact on your embryo transfer’s success rate. But it’s important to know that you must keep yourself as stress-free and relaxed during this time, and what better excuse do you need to do that than potentially conceiving a new life? In other words, you need to find a way to relax and keep calm during the anxiety-inducing two weeks that you will need to wait before you take a pregnancy test.

Don’t feel at all ashamed or embarrassed to take a few days off to recuperate and collect yourself by watching your favorite movies or TV shows, meeting up with friends or relatives, or any other passive, nonphysical activity that you enjoy doing. Remember that your emotional and mental well-being can have a drastic effect on your pregnancy and should be kept as stable as possible.

Care for Your Body

While it may be tempting to run yourself a nice hot bath with plenty of bubbles, this could potentially be harmful to your chances of a successful embryo transfer. In fact, large bodies of water or high pressure and heat like those found in saunas and Jacuzzis are not recommended due to the heightened risk of catching an infection.

  • Making sure that you eat healthily and within the acceptable amounts is one of the most important things that you need to remember. A pregnant woman needs a whole different variety of vitamins, proteins, and carbohydrates, and in different quantities than usual. Eating fresh healthy foods and avoiding fatty, salty, or sugary treats is going to be beneficial in ensuring your body has the materials it needs to build your baby.
  • Try to also avoid high mercury fish, such as tuna or swordfish, and also soft cheeses like brie and camembert and ensure that you discuss vitamin supplementation with your chosen medical professional. It is also important that you make changes to your lifestyle, particularly to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or caffeine, or eating excessive amounts of junk food as this will have a major impact on your IVF treatments success.

Benefit of Folic Acid

Folic acid has become known as a commonly prescribed supplement for pregnant women, however, it is also very beneficial to those undergoing IVF treatments. So much so that the Boston School of Public Health conducted a study which showed a direct link between folic acid intake and an increase in live births from IVF participants. Increasing your intake of citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, and lemons, as well as eating more leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. Beans like chickpeas, kidney beans, and red beans are just a few things that the experts at First Fertility would suggest.

Hydration and Its Impact on Fertility

Drinking enough water is crucial for your overall health and can specifically impact the success of your IVF treatment. Proper hydration can contribute to a healthier and more conducive environment for embryo implantation.

As you are most likely aware, water consumption is paramount for the proper functionality of your organs and every cell in your body. This includes your reproductive system and the embryo cells implanted into them. To keep them in the best possible condition, you need to keep properly hydrated while trying to conceive.

Hydration is important

Hydration is important

You should be drinking around 8 to 10 standard glasses of water a day in order to keep your embryonic cells hydrated and cervical fluid at a normal consistency.

Exercise and IVF

Many of us enjoy keeping up a healthy and active lifestyle, and whether we go to the gym or participate in a sporting activity, most of us perform some amount of regular exercise. However, overindulging in these activities can be a detriment to your IVF treatment’s success. You can maintain most regular day to day activities like going for walks and working, provided you do not perform an overly physical job. However, your weekly HIIT Training or any kind of vigorous and energetic exercise is not recommended due to the chance of triggering uterine contractions.

The Role of Sleep

Not sleeping enough at any time can be an extremely frustrating and physically tiring process, before you even consider the mental impact! Naturally, not getting enough sleep during your embryo transfer process is essential to your success and the health of the embryos. When lacking the required amount of sleep, your body’s levels of melatonin will become unbalanced, and you can put your mind in a constant state of alertness, known as a fight or flight response. This can put undue pressures on your body and reproductive systems.

Acupuncture and IVF

While not everybody is up to date or interested in the world of alternative medicine, acupuncture has a number of notable effects on IVF treatments. Acupuncture increases oxygen flow around the body and many different studies have been conducted to conclude why this has such a great effect on IVF treatment success rates.

Professional Guidance and Support

Conclusion: Whatever route you decide to take with your IVF treatments, the highly trained and qualified staff at First Fertility can help guide you through. We provide couples from around the world with the support, knowledge, and guidance they need in order to make their treatments as successful as possible given their personal circumstances. With our state of the art facilities, we provide the highest quality and most professional IVF treatment in Bangkok.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Can I Improve My Chances of IVF Success After Embryo Implantation?

To improve your chances of IVF success after embryo implantation, it’s important to prioritize relaxation, maintain a healthy diet, avoid excessive physical activities, get enough sleep, consider acupuncture, and stay hydrated. These factors can positively impact the success rates of IVF treatments.

2. Does Bed Rest Impact the Success Rate of Embryo Transfers?

While there’s no definitive proof that bed rest directly impacts the success rate of embryo transfers, it’s important to keep stress levels low and relax during the two-week wait period post-transfer. Taking personal time for relaxation and engaging in non-physical activities is advisable for emotional and mental wellbeing.

3. How Does Diet Affect IVF Success?

A healthy diet plays a crucial role in IVF success. It’s important to eat fresh, healthy foods, avoid fatty and sugary treats, high-mercury fish, and soft cheeses. Discussing vitamin supplementation with a medical professional and increasing intake of folic acid through citrus fruits and leafy vegetables can also be beneficial.

4. Can Water Consumption Impact IVF Success?

Yes, proper hydration is important for the functionality of the reproductive system and embryo cells. Drinking 8 to 10 standard glasses of water a day can help keep embryonic cells hydrated and cervical fluid at a normal consistency, potentially impacting IVF success.

5. Is Excessive Physical Activity Harmful to IVF Success?

Overindulging in vigorous exercise or physical activities can be detrimental to IVF success. It’s advisable to maintain regular day-to-day activities, avoid overly physical jobs, and refrain from rigorous exercise to prevent uterine contractions that could affect IVF treatments.

6. How Does Sleep Affect IVF Success?

Getting the right amount of sleep is essential for the success and health of embryos during the IVF process. Not getting enough sleep can lead to imbalanced levels of melatonin, potentially putting undue pressure on the body and reproductive systems, impacting IVF success.

7. What Is the Link Between Acupuncture and IVF?

Acupuncture has been associated with increased oxygen flow, which has shown notable effects on IVF treatment success rates. Considering acupuncture as an adjunct to IVF treatments can be beneficial, and many studies have explored its positive impact on IVF success.

  • Published on : Monday June 10, 2019
  • Last updated : Saturday June 29, 2024
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About the author

Michelle Tan is an IVF Consultant with 12 years of experience in fertility consulting. Having personally undergone IVF and surrogacy, she brings firsthand insight and empathy to her work. Based in Singapore, Michelle frequently travels to clinics in Bangkok, Phnom Penh, and Bishkek, sharing her expertise and supporting patients on their fertility journeys.