When it comes to IVF, there is – in clinical terms – a shit-ton of information and advice online. Everyone’s mom, sister, cousin who’s ever gotten pregnant has drawn some sort of stretch correlation between an event that happened in their lives in the days/weeks leading up to seeing that double line. The fact of the matter Linda is that your eating avocado toast on uneven days of the week and only making left hand turns in your car on transfer day probably had nada to do with you getting pregnant.
We think it’s time to get real and separate the facts from the weird fertility miracle testimonials in our Facebook feeds. Here are our 7 tips – based on facts – not avocado toast cravings on how to really increase your chances of pregnancy on transfer day.
- Do NOT cough or sneeze during the procedure. If you have allergies or a cough on the day of your embryo transfer, talk to your doctor about what you can take safely to keep your symptoms at bay. Coughing, laughing even talking during the transfer can cause abdominal pressure on the uterus and interfere with the delicate placement of the embryo. While this is just a precaution, it’s a worthwhile one as even the tiniest variations in techniques during transfer can affect success rates.
- Have a good laugh after the procedure. Seriously. Don’t be serious. In a study of 219 women undergoing IVF, Israeli researchers found the odds of success were greater among women who were entertained by a professional “medical clown” right after they had the embryos implanted in the womb. Overall, 36 percent became pregnant, versus 20 percent of women who’d had a comedy-free recovery after embryo implantation. So, queue up some Trixie and Katya on your phone to watch after the implantation “Honeeeeeey”.
- Take a Prenatal. Duh. But for real. Tried, tested and totally true. Start taking prenatals 3 months before your embryo transfer. There isn’t enough space on our servers to list all the studies boasting the benefits of taking prenatals and starting early.
- Get the best, most experienced doctor possible. IVF success is hugely influenced by technique. The technique of the embryo transfer is the most important step in IVF. This isn’t a situation where you want to give a bright-eyed med student experience. Skill and gentleness are essential during embryo transfer because bleeding is toxic to the embryo. Slight touching of the back of the uterus can cause contractions and lead to failure. Do your research on the success rates and experience of your doctor, and get you a pro.
- Relax. No seriously. Stress is like anti-pregnancy. Make self-care a huge lifestyle priority while doing IVF. Book massages, visualize, walk in nature, listen to your favorite podcasts, spend time with feel good friends, watch comedy, pick up that sassy cross stitch project you’ve put aside, etc. Any reduction in stress hormones will go a long way towards conceiving.
- Don’t wait. With having the luxury to plan, putting off starting IVF until you get that new job, bigger house, etc. can be too easy. Experts estimate 1 in 3 women have fertility issues after the age of 35. To increase your chances of success, you want to start trying sooner than later. This isn’t like a college paper where your best performance always happens last minute.
- Avoid temperature extremes after transfer. Hot tubs, saunas, hot yoga or anything that raises your internal temperature should be avoided as it can overheat the embryo. The same goes for strenuous exercise for a couple weeks until pregnancy is confirmed.
Hope you enjoyed our 7 tips to help make your IVF a success. Do you have any tips that helped you conceived using IVF? We want to hear from you. Leave a comment below or email us at Hello@afamilyco.com