Undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is a stressful and exciting period for any couple, but you may wonder how best to optimize your IVF. What can you do to help increase your chances of success?
At Effortless IVF in Fort Worth and Bedford, Texas, experienced infertility specialists Dr. Kevin Doody and Dr. Kathleen Doody help you throughout your entire IVF journey.
Keep reading to learn some of the best strategies for optimizing your IVF success as you go through this exciting and challenging time.
Reducing stress is one of the most important things you can do to help elevate the success rate of your IVF. Excessive, unmanaged stress reduces the chances of conception, both assisted and natural, so reducing life stressors is necessary.
Incorporating stress-relieving techniques into your daily life, whether through a therapist, meditation, deep breathing, stretching or yoga, reading, or an alternative approach like acupuncture, can help you feel centered and calm throughout your IVF journey — bolstering your chances of success.
You can help improve your chances of success by maintaining good overall health, starting with the fuel you provide your body. Eliminate highly processed foods and make sure you consume a variety of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and heart-healthy unsaturated fats like avocados, nuts, or salmon.
We also recommend establishing good sleep habits, safe sunshine exposure, and regular exercise. As an added benefit, healthy sleep practices, time spent outdoors, and physical activity all happen to be stress-busting habits, too.
Regarding fertility treatments and IVF, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight and underweight can affect the likelihood of successful fertility treatment and make the egg retrieval process more complicated than it is for someone who’s within a healthy weight range.
We recognize that it can be hard to maintain a healthy weight. While you’re undergoing IVF, we may advise you to partner with a dietician or weight management specialist to work toward those goals, ensuring your safety and increasing the chances of a successful IVF treatment.
It sometimes takes more than one IVF cycle to get a transferable embryo, as the variations in each cycle can make it challenging to predict exactly when the treatment will work. Thus, it’s important to stay patient and persistent while undergoing IVF — if the first cycle doesn’t work, we can alter our treatment approach until the desired outcome is achieved.
It’s important not to blame yourself during this time and to instead focus on taking care of yourself and doing what you can to optimize your IVF success. Nothing happens overnight, including IVF treatment success.
Undergoing IVF treatment is difficult but exciting, and optimizing your success rate can help you achieve your desired outcome sooner. If you’re ready to begin your IVF journey, contact your nearest Effortless IVF clinic in Fort Worth or Bedford, Texas, and schedule a visit today.