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Patient's Guide To IVF - Do's & Don'ts You Need To Follow!

Dr. Ritu Prabhakar 89% (18 ratings)
MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
IVF Specialist, Sonipat  •  23 years experience
Patient's Guide To IVF - Do's & Don'ts You Need To Follow!

With infertility on the rise, there are more people who opt for IVF. In-vitro fertilization or IVF has developed from its original days to where the technology has improved leading to better success rates. Doctors have also identified some do’s and don’ts during IVF and especially after embryo transfer which help in improving success rates

Going through an IVF is strenuous, and once the scheduling is done and the embryo is transferred, the couple is given some tips. It is important to note that it is not just the woman who needs to play an active role but the couple and so equal involvement is extremely essential.

Do's: Things that the couple should make sure are done after embryo transfer.

  • Take medications as prescribed by the doctor. These should not be skipped, and when it does happen, talk to your doctor. Stick to the schedule as much as possible.
  • Go about a normal routine of life, without telling yourself that you are going through something abnormal. Things which can be stressful such as changing jobs or moving locations are best avoided during this phase. Keep a regular routine with some workout so you don’t lose out on being active.
  • A well-balanced diet is very critical to a healthy fetal development, so eat well. Make sure the vitamins are taken as per prescriptions. Fresh foods with lots of vegetables, fruits, and dairy products are advisable. Avoid processed, oily, packaged, or artificially sweetened foods.
  • Keep yourself well hydrated, as IVF generates some toxins which need to be flushed out too. Lack of hydration can also lead to swelling of the ovaries, leading to ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
  • Keep a positive, happy outlook on life and surround yourself with happy and cheerful people who will help you when required. Stay away from negative people and situations.

Don’t’s:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Don’t stress yourself too much
  • Avoid too much bedrest; contrary to what you thought, it might prove contradictory
  • Don’t indulge in sexual activities
  • Avoid getting into diet plans or drastic diet changes. This requires extra attention and may not be the right time to do it.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures such as sauna, hot water or steamer baths. The temperature can harm the baby, though it might seem to soothe the mother.
  • It is possible that an embryo transfer may not result in a successful pregnancy. This is quite common, and so do not get too anxious. You can always try again.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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