Three lifestyle factors that could affect your IVF success

If you are planning to have a baby through IVF, then you want to have a successful outcome… in the first cycle itself, if possible! There are so many things that the IVF hospital and their team have to do and these are not in your control. But there are somethings that you and your partner can do, as part of your lifestyle, to increase the probability of success. Here are some important do’s and don’ts that can help increase the chances of having a successful IVF.  


Context – An unhealthy lifestyle is the cause of more than 93% of all chronic diseases worldwide. It also impacts your fertility and the success of the IVF process for you. So let us understand what “Lifestyle” is and how a good or bad lifestyle impacts your overall health and IVF success as well. 


The prominent aspect of “Lifestyle” includes food choices, physical exercise, and sleep patterns. Lifestyle includes more aspects like stress, your environment, and more. For now, let us concentrate on the top factors that we can alter and improve immediately – food, exercise, and sleep. If we have to be healthy, we need to make healthy food choices, need to do at least some form of physical exercise, and get sufficient sleep. Just like other diseases, an unhealthy lifestyle can be a cause of IVF failure as well.


The three main lifestyle factors affect your fertility, and they are as follows:

  1. Diet: According to a study, the patients who adhere to a more plant-based nutritious diet – full of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains, etc. had higher pregnancy rates and delivery rates. The ones who did not follow this kind of diet had a comparatively lesser pregnancy rate. Avoiding red meat and sweets also is a part of a healthy diet. Another indicative concept is to ensure your food


  1. Smoking: When either of the partners smokes for many years, it impacts their fertility. If females smoke for long periods, it results in rapid loss of eggs and fertilization rates. Similarly, smoking by the male partner adversely affects the semen parameters and reduces the ability of the sperms to fertilize, and can also cause abortions. According to research at Curtin University, Australia, the first-trimester pregnancy miscarriage is related to male nicotine intake. So both partners should stop smoking before starting the IVF cycle, to improve the chances of success in in-vitro fertilization.


  1. Alcohol: If couples want to increase the chances of success of IVF, then the women should stop drinking in the lead up to the IVF cycle. Alcohol has an adverse effect on the quality of the eggs. It is also thought to impact the hormones.


Besides this, you should also maintain a healthy weight and manage your stress for ensuring the success of your IVF cycle.


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