How To Make IVF Successful The First Time?

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The most important thing you can bring to this journey toward parenthood is an optimistic attitude. Never give up on the dream of hearing a cute little voice say, “father or mother.” Although it is obvious that being hopeful is easier said than done, the most important thing is to remain upbeat and hopeful.

In this blog, we will provide you with information about everything that will assist you throughout the process of having IVF performed.

IVF Success Tips

You should continue getting ready for the IVF treatment as your doctor has suggested, especially if he or she has recommended it. The overall success rate of in vitro fertilisation ranges between 35% and 40% on average.

You cannot increase this rate to between 80% and 90%. Still, there are certainly some things you can avoid doing while you are undergoing IVF treatment to increase the likelihood of becoming pregnant on the very first try.

Lifestyle tips for IVF cycle

During IVF, the couple’s goal is to give themselves the best possible chance of becoming pregnant on the very first try. It is essential to keep a close watch on your way of life to make this a reality.

You can defy the odds by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and having a healthy sexual life, among other things. You can go through IVF treatment with proper consultation; however, you must adjust your lifestyle if you want your first attempt at IVF to be successful.

Ideal IVF diet

Certain specialists do not recommend their patients make significant changes in their diet. However, before deciding to undergo IVF, you must ensure you take a healthy diet rich in various minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients.

Your diet should consist mostly of fish, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables, with only a moderate amount of red meat.

The inclusion of these foods in one’s diet, according to the findings of various studies, raises one’s chances of becoming pregnant on the very first try by somewhere between 65 and 68 per cent.

In addition, you can get a blood test to determine whether your body lacks nutrients, such as B12, Folate, or Ferritin. You can determine the nutrients your body lacks by conducting tests, and then you can take supplements to make up for those deficiencies.

Coffee during IVF treatment

If you consume coffee more than five times a day, you may cut your chances of becoming pregnant by as much as 50%. Although additional research on this topic is required, medical professionals continue to advise limiting coffee consumption during IVF treatment to no more than one to two cups per day.

Avoid alcohol consumption

During the IVF treatment, you should abstain from drinking alcohol because doing so will increase your chances of implantation. On the other hand, you shouldn’t feel guilty about enjoying an occasional beer or glass of wine.

For instance, if you want to drink a glass of champagne during your wedding while undergoing IVF treatment, it won’t negatively impact your health. On the other hand, one should never ignore the guidance of medical professionals.

Since drinking alcohol while pregnant raises the risk of having a child born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), it is important to refrain from drinking alcohol entirely after an embryo transfer.

Nutrition after embryo transfer

Following an embryo transfer, you should consume a diet rich in nutrients and avoid severely limiting the types of foods you eat at all costs. Because of this, your body will be able to get the nutrition it needs, increasing your chances of getting pregnant on the first try.

It is also recommended to avoid pre-packaged food, as this can interfere with your body’s natural processes and functions.

Exercise during IVF treatment

During IVF treatment, it is common wisdom to encourage patients to get plenty of rest to avoid subjecting their bodies to an excessive amount of stress.

Nevertheless, this does not imply that you should cease all of your physical activity. If you want to take the suggested approach, stick to your routine if you have a healthy body.

IVF specialists also caution against running more than 20 kilometres in a single week. Therefore, if you are a runner who competes regularly, you should incorporate light jogging, cycling, and walking into your routine.

Sex during treatment

It is recommended that the male partner refrains from ejaculating for at least three to four days before the time that sperm will be collected while the couple is undergoing IVF treatment.

This suggests that you should never engage in any intercourse. However, sexual activity can resume between partners after 24 hours since the embryo transfer.

According to recent research, when the success rate was compared between the groups of people who did or did not engage in sexual activity after embryo transfer, there was no discernible difference found.

However, if you are feeling bloated or uncomfortable, you can limit your sexual activity. After the embryo transfer, you are free to engage in sexual activity if you feel ready and able to do so.

Supplements for IVF

There are various supplements available to support your pregnancy. Prenatal vitamin supplements are permitted up to 30 days before your IVF cycle. This raises the overall level of folic acid, which is critical for the development of the spine and nervous system of the unborn child.

Even if you already have a low level of vitamin D, it is still a good idea to take supplements containing the vitamin.

Sleep is important

During the IVF treatment, the patient must get between seven and eight hours of sleep. During sleep, our body devotes more resources to healing than any other function.

Your sleep pattern will help determine which sleep aids your doctor recommends.

Instructions to Make successful IVF for men

What to eat to make IVF successful?

Avocados are a great fertility food, rich in vitamin E and high in potassium, vitamin K, and folate, helping to improve fertility.

Beetroots may help with embryo implantation and reduce age-related infertility by providing antioxidant resveratrol and nitrate.

Salmon is an excellent food for non-vegetarians to boost fertility and brain and eye development.

Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3- fatty acids, vitamin B, and vitamin E, which can help improve fertility.

Greek yoghurt
Greek yoghurt is a fertility-boosting food that supports ovaries and promotes healthy bones.

What foods to avoid to make IVF successful?

Raw eggs
Eggs in raw form can be contaminated with salmonella, leading to food poisoning.

Caffeine is dangerous to consume when pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

Quit smoking
Smoking can harm the body, reduce fertility, and increase the risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and stillbirth.

Avoid alcohol
Regular alcohol consumption can lead to lower sex drive and erectile dysfunction.

Is blastocyst transfer beneficial for first-time IVF?

After fertilisation, not every embryo will grow and develop normally. Some embryos will fail to develop, while others will show signs of growth for a few days but then stop.

In IVF, a few options are available when determining how long to observe an embryo before deciding whether or not to transfer it.

IVF programs typically select embryos based on whether they are 3 days or 5-7 days into their development. In this instance, the proverb “viewing longer is better” holds.

Putting an embryo three days old into the uterus and then waiting to see if it continues to develop normally after that is the most frustrating thing that can happen.

If an embryo does not develop into a blastocyst in the laboratory, it is highly unlikely that it will do so in your body. Determine which embryos will make the best babies BEFORE you transfer them.

Does ICSI improve 1st time IVF success?

During IVF, eggs can be fertilised in one of two ways. The older technique, “standard insemination,” involved placing the sperm close to the egg but outside it. The more recent technique, ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection), involves injecting sperm into the egg.

The standard insemination method is less difficult and will cost less money, but it has a greater risk of not successfully fertilising the egg. To put it another way, the addition of sperm does not result in the formation of an embryo.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that the chance of fertilisation failure with standard insemination is between 5 and 15% of the time. Even more severe issues, such as low sperm counts or movement, will result in an even higher rate of unsuccessful fertilisation for the couple in question.

Therefore, many fertility doctors recommend undergoing IVF with ICSI even if there are no known issues with the quality of the sperm. This can increase the chance of having a successful first cycle of IVF.

First time IVF Success Rate

The success rate of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) on the first attempt varies widely based on factors such as age, cause of infertility, and clinic. On average, the success rate can range from 20% to 35% for women under the age of 35, but this percentage decreases with increasing age. It’s important to consult with a fertility specialist to understand how individual factors might influence success rates in your specific case.

Does PGS (embryo testing) increase the odds of First Time IVF success?

PGS allows the embryos to be screened for an abnormal chromosome number, also known as aneuploidy. This condition is a leading contributor to unsuccessful implantation and miscarriage.

This test enables the medical professional to transfer only healthy embryos into the uterus, increasing the likelihood that the IVF procedure will be successful.

Although PGS generally improves the chances of success for IVF, there are exceptions to this rule.

Therefore, we would strongly recommend embryo testing if you are a woman who is 37 years old or older. Numerous studies have shown that doing so will improve your chances of a successful first IVF attempt.

Bottom line

For many couples, IVF can be a difficult scenario. However, with a proper diet plan and lifestyle, you can easily handle this situation and succeed in the first time. Lower your stress levels, get enough sleep, and take the right nutrients.

Frequently Asked Questions

If a couple has tried to have a child but has been unsuccessful, they may be a good candidate for in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

The infertility diagnosis will determine how likely the second attempt to get pregnant will succeed.

Infertility diagnosis is not the only factor determining whether or not in vitro fertilisation (IVF) will be successful. The age and lifestyle choices of the couple are also important factors.

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Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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