Why Prepare for Your IVF?
WHY Prepare for Your IVF/IUI/NATURAL CONCEPTION?
A note before we begin:. Any of the supplements or herbs talked about in this guide should not be taken while you are on any IVF medications. This program should be completed before you begin your medications. Ideally, give yourself 90 days to prepare with these supplements, BOOSTERS and the fertility diet before beginning your IVF medications or treatments.
Why Prepare for Your IVF?
Think of this time as “preparing of the soil”. When your IVF procedure is successful you will be pregnant, so this is the best time to prepare your body and give your baby the best possible start. By preparing for your IVF you are able to support your hormonal and reproductive system, nourish your body, have nutrients available during the crucial early stages of fetal development and have the tools to handle any stress that may come your way during this journey. This is similar to when you are starting a garden… you begin by preparing the soil before the seeds are planted. You do this by removing any debris or rocks, then you add nutrients, various types of minerals and other amendments to the soil, making sure everything has been done to help the seed grow into a healthy plant. Think of your body and uterus as that soil, you want a nutrient rich, hydrated, soil that has everything that little seed will need to grow. This guide will share with you some steps you can take to prepare for your IVF in the healthiest and supportive way possible. So let’s get started…
How to Increase IVF Success Rates
IVF success rates vary depending on many different factors including age, cause of infertility and the clinic where you are having the procedure done. In 2009 the IVF success stats were around 30% average. Numbers going up to 39% for women under 35. I would assume that the success rates have increased somewhat over the years as technology and fertility research has advanced during that time.
There are many different options you can explore to help you increase your IVF success rates. Some therapies have results supported by studies while others are based on nutritional/anatomical knowledge and help by supporting the general health of the body and reproductive system. Some natural therapies like acupuncture and mind/body therapies have been shown to increase IVF success rates greatly. Below I have included the top natural options for increasing your IVF success rate naturally and how to get started.
Create a Plan Ahead of Time
In order to prepare before for your IVF procedure, you will need to plan and prepare ahead of time. A general IVF cycle is around 6 weeks from beginning of medications and ultrasounds to the embryo(s) being transferred, so plan accordingly.
Three steps to consider when preparing your plan…
Cleansing is an important component of preparing for pregnancy. Fertility cleansing consists of supporting the livers natural ability to cleanse itself as well as supporting uterine health and circulation. This in turn supports hormonal health and encourages a healthy uterine environment.
The second part of the program focuses on supporting egg health, eating nutritious food and taking supplements, preparing your body for pregnancy.
The final part of the program contains therapies specific for helping you through IVF and stress that may be experienced once you begin medications and procedures.
All of these steps can be started at the same time and be done together.
Step 1: Fertility Cleansing & Massage For Healthy Hormone Balance and Circulation
Fertility cleansing is one of the best ways to “prepare the soil” before becoming pregnant. Fertility cleansing supports liver health for proper hormone balance, healthy liver functioning and aids in the cleansing of environmental toxins and pollutants, it also helps to support uterine health by increasing circulation, aiding the uterus in its natural ability to clear out old menstrual blood and tonify the uterine muscles. Fertility cleaning is based on your monthly cycle and generally lasts from 25-30 days.
Massage is a natural therapy that can help you to prepare for your IVF procedure and pregnancy. While traditional massage is beneficial to reduce stress and increase circulation, Fertility Massage specifically helps to increase circulation to the reproductive system and supports a healthy ovarian-uterine environment.
Fertility Massage helps you to prepare for your IVF by:
- Increasing circulation to the ovaries and uterus*
- Helps to reduces stress*
- Brings fresh oxygenated blood to the uterus and ovaries*
- Supporting hormone balance*
- Promoting egg health*
Note: Massage should only be done before beginning your IVF medications, not during. As you begin your IVF cycle with medications you should discontinue massage because you most likely will be very sensitive in the ovarian area as your follicles/eggs mature and ovaries become larger. Also, do not do massage after transfer of the embryos or during pregnancy.
Step 2: Nourish Your Body for Optimal Nutrition With Diet, Supplements and Superfoods
The second part of this program focuses on nutrition and the nutrients you are adding to your diet. We just covered cleansing and increasing circulation to the reproductive system, this is one aspect of “preparing the soil”, now is the time to add good things to the soil that will help the seed to thrive and grow. You can do this for yourself through diet, supplements and superfoods.
Eating a Fertility Diet
Nutrition is the foundation of healthy fertility and a healthy pregnancy. Nutrition can have a direct impact on the future development and health of your child. This is a big deal and such a great opportunity for you to prepare ahead of time.
So what exactly is a fertility diet? A natural fertility diet is a way of eating that is supporting your body in its reproductive efforts. it includes foods which are dense in specific nutrients needed for hormonal function, production and balance, fetal development, egg health, sperm health, blood health and much more. It is a diet that is designed to help your body to balance and support your fertility, building up nutrients stores and providing all the building blocks for a healthy child. it is also a diet that is focused on giving your and your future child the best start in life.
Benefits of eating a natural fertility diet
- Provides antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which help to protect egg and sperm health from damaged caused by free-radicals.
- Supports the body towards normal hormonal blanace by providing the fats needed for hormone production and function.
- Provides the body with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients needed for optimal health.
- Helps to provide important nutrients for early pregnancy.
Make sure you are eating a fertility diet for at least 2-3 months before your IVF as well as talking with your doctor about any preconception nutrients they would like you to take such as folic acid or a pre-natal vitamin.
Use Supporting Supplements
Prepare for Pregnancy with a Prenatal Multivitamin
Making sure your body has all of the nutrients necessary for early pregnancy is much easier when you are taking BLIFE. My favorite is the 100% whole food Baby and Me from Mega Food. Synthetic multivitamins won’t have the same effect or absorption by the body. There are certain nutrients such as Folic acid that are needed by the fetus even before pregnancy is detectable. The first weeks of pregnancy are a critical time of development. Prepare for your pregnancy by taking a prenatal multivitamin.
Antioxidants are one of the most important components to having healthy fertility that every woman and man needs to focus on. Antioxidants help to protect the egg and sperm from free radical damage. Free radicals are able to damage both cell health and the cell’s DNA. The ovum (egg) are one of the longest living cells in your body, as the years pass they become exposed and vulnerable to free radicals on daily basis.
For women over the age of 35,CoQ10 supplementation alongside an antioxidant blend, may greatly help to improve egg health over a few months time.
L-arginine is an amino acid that has been shown to increase ovarian response, endometrial receptivity, and pregnancy rates in IVF patients who were poor responders. They supplemented in large doses (16 grams) of L-arginine. (Published in Human Reproduction 1999).
In the L arginine/IVF study, 34 women about to begin IVF were split into two groups. Both groups used the same flare protocol, one of those groups received 16 grams a day of L-arginine in addition to the medications. The group that received L-arginine had a lower cancellation rate, an in
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