How should one prepare for an IVF?

The journey to parenthood is not the same in all couples. Sometimes to attain parenthood, a couple, might have to undergo a series of treatments. One such treatment could be IVF, depending on the specialist’s recommendation. There are specific guidelines to be followed for the successful outcome of IVF treatment.


Learning about the  IVF process is the first vital step. Do not hesitate to ask about the procedures, timings and finances.


Time management and balancing is an important step. Happy women tend to have better balance of hormones in their blood, which improves the overall success of the treatment. Hormone balance can be achieved by proper sleep and rest.


Consulting a fertility specialist helps the couple understand the importance of IVF as a treatment modality. Often, years of trying in vain and the constant trips to the fertility clinics make couples impatient. This gives a feel that IVF is a “scary” treatment program. Proper counselling helps avoid these negative thoughts. However, they must plan a meeting with a fertility specialist for a routine check-up.


 Start the treatment procedure with positive thoughts and with a realistic understanding of IVF procedure. The embryo needs the mother’s uterus for further growth into foetus until the delivery of the baby after nine months. A positive environment increases the probabilities of a successful pregnancy and birth.


  It is necessary to know about the success rates of treatments and be mentally prepared for failure too. Understanding the reasons behind a failed IVF cycle and focusing on subsequent treatment options with a positive attitude should help the couples reach their destination of parenthood.


 Proper preparation before each cycle of IVF will increase the chances of a successful outcome. This can include the following – planning for more time for treatment, taking time off from work during the treatment cycle or permission to work from home, manage stress effectively through meditation and yoga, avoiding addictions like smoking, alcohol etc., avoiding a sedentary lifestyle and staying active and positive etc.


Planning for an IVF cycle can be classified into three keys areas, namely, nutritional, physical and mental.


  Nutritionally fit: A healthy diet and adequate hydration make sure that the body is in good condition for the treatment. Taking some vital vitamins and minerals improves metabolism, which successively brings on good quality sperms and  eggs. For instance, folic acid is known to have a crucial role in building foetal tissues.


Physically fit: Being overweight or underweight can affect the chances of getting pregnant through IVF. Obesity in women causes problems with ovulation. Obesity in men has harmful effects on erectile function and sperm motility. By rectifying these issues gradually, a couple can conceive a healthy baby. Regular exercise in conjunction with a good diet helps in keeping one’s weight in control.


Mentally fit: An IVF cycle brings several changes in a woman’s body and life. Adequate sleep and meditation help to reduce stress levels caused during the IVF procedure. Spending quality time with family and providing emotional support to each other helps in keeping both partners relaxed before and after the treatment. Alternatively, couples can opt for counselling for anxiety as panic attacks may disturb the hormonal balance and affect the quality of life in general.


The importance of the couple to be prepared emotionally, mentally and financially is vital to attain a successful pregnancy through IVF. Proper diet, positive thinking, healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and support from family and friends help the couple can help couples undergoing IVF treatment to prepare well and be capable of handling all challenges that arise during their IVF journey.



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