Going for an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment can be a physically and emotionally draining time for any couple. They are open to hear out any ideas that claim to increase IVF success rate. However, it is important to be cautious and check your facts before believing them. Here are 6 myths and facts about boosting IVF that you must know:
Myth #1: Bed Rest is essential after embryo transfer
There is no truth to this and women must go on about their life as usual after an embryo transfer. A study done in Egypt found that women who were on bed rest for 24 hours after a transfer had a lower success rate compared to those who returned to their usual routine. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a bed rest for 10 minutes or 10 hours – it doesn’t affect conception in away way. In fact, several people believe that bed rest can actually be detrimental because it prevents normal fluctuations in heart rate and blood flow.
Myth #2: Herbal medicines can boost IVF
Not true. There is no evidence to suggest that herbs are safe to take along with fertility drugs. A study conducted in Denmark found that out of 800 women, those who used complementary and alternative treatments (some of them consisting herbs) had lowered their chances of pregnancy by 30 percent. So if you’re taking any herbal medication along with your IVF treatment, let your doctors at KIMS Cuddles know about it.
Myth #3: Certain foods can increase IVF success
This is just a myth. Eating pineapple every day, avoiding gluten, or following any specific diet has no effect on IVF success. However, it is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet which is full of whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables for a problem-free pregnancy. Also, getting enough vitamin D is essential. A study of 335 women found that vitamin D deficiency was possibly related to poor IVF outcomes.
Myth #4: You can’t control the success of your IVF cycle
False. The chances of IVF success increase based on factors such as BMI percentage, the kind of foods you eat, chemicals that you have been exposed to before and during your cycle, among others. Women can check for conditions such as fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, or scar tissues, which can prevent implantation. Men should also their sperm evaluated to know if they have adequate motility, morphology and count to achieve pregnancy. If your body is in best possible shape, you are more likely to achieve IVF success.
Myth #5: If first round of IVF isn’t successful, you can never get pregnant
This is yet another myth which many people tend to believe. The fact is, IVF success can take several rounds. Some women get pregnant in one cycle while some may take five or more. Your doctor can suggest what they think is the best, but in the end, it is your decision as to how many rounds you want to try for.
Myth #6: IVF cannot be successful if you’re over 40
False. While age is an important factor in a woman’s ability to get pregnant, it does not mean women over 40 must not try for IVF treatment at all. At age 40, most women have a success rate of around 22 percent at most fertility clinics. Even though these figures aren’t very encouraging, they still go to show that women in their 40s have some chance at IVF success.
You’ll hear a lot of things when you’re undergoing an IVF treatment. Rather than listening and reacting to what others say, visit the fertility experts at KIMS Cuddles to set the facts straight.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance