Do you think IVF may be the best fertility treatment option for you to finally get pregnant? Here are some basic facts the Compassionate Doctor wants you to know about the IVF process. IVF treatment can be stressful – physically and financially – regardless of your doctor’s recommended protocol. You must be well-informed before your treatment begins.
IVF in a Nutshell
IVF is the medical process of fertilizing a woman’s egg with a man’s sperm outside of the body in a controlled laboratory setting. The goal is to create a quality embryo that can be transferred to the woman’s uterus for implantation in her uterine lining.
Other Fertility Treatment Options
You may have other less expensive and intrusive treatment options to explore before attempting IVF – such as IUI. Thorough testing and treatment should be discussed with your doctor and – when appropriate – less aggressive options may be pursued before going forward with IVF.
IVF Treatment Steps
- Ovarian stimulation using fertility medication to produce multiple egg follicles
- Egg retrieval in an outpatient procedure
- Egg fertilization with sperm in vitro
- Embryo growth and development grading in a controlled lab setting
- Embryo transfer in a procedure similar to a Pap smear
- Embryo cryopreservation of leftover quality embryos
Preparing for IVF Treatment
- Eating a well-balanced diet will increase your chances of IVF success. You should begin improving your nutritional habits at least 3 months before your embryo transfer. Good nutrition enhances the health of your reproductive organs and ensures a quality blood supply to the uterus. Good nutritional habits you develop now will be easy to carry over into your pregnancy.
- Take a good quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement containing vitamins A, B, D, and C complex. Your supplement should include zinc, magnesium, selenium, iron, and co-enzyme Q10 which all play a vital role in fertilization and implantation.
- Reduce your alcohol intake because studies show that women over 30 who drank seven or more alcoholic beverages a week were twice as likely not to conceive. Cutting out alcohol altogether while you try for a baby is the best plan because, once you conceive, your cravings for a drink will be diminished.
- Watch your BMI and get good sleep. A healthy adult Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9. A 2016 review of studies shows that not getting enough sleep leads women to consume an average of 385 more calories the next day. Too much body weight can make women less fertile. Seek help from a dietician and an exercise coach to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy BMI while you are trying to get pregnant. Your revamped diet and physical fitness regimen will help you to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
- Avoid Caffeine in coffee, tea, and soda because it can have an adverse effect on female fertility. It’s best to cut caffeine out altogether to boost your fertility level and prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Drinking more than 300 mg of caffeine per day – 2 to 3 cups of coffee – has been linked to a higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.
- Exercise and Yoga increases blood flow to a woman’s reproductive organs and brings in fresh blood to cells. Exercise helps to oxygenate the blood. New studies have shown that fertility yoga helps to increase the chances of a successful IVF pregnancy by up to 26 percent. This is because yoga is proven to reduce stress and anxiety in IVF patients. Fertility yoga regimens include a series of poses and postures designed to improve fertility.
- Acupuncture for fertility has been proven by studies to increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant by up to 50 percent! National Institutes of Health research has shown a direct correlation between acupuncture and pregnancy.
Compassionate IVF Doctor
It is important to work with a Compassionate Fertility Doctor having 38 years of clinical experience diagnosing infertility and designing customized IVF treatment plans for his patients.
Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs has two beautiful office located in Hoffman Estates and Buffalo Grove. Dr. Jacobs is the Senior Doctor at Fertility Centers of Illinois and has privileges in 10 fertility clinic locations and 2 IVF centers located in the Chicagoland area. After you consult with Dr. Jacobs, you can choose from all convenient locations to pursue your customized IVF treatment plan.
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