Hang in there. It’s tough. But so are you. And trust me it’s worth it.
IVF is tough. It’s grueling. It requires numerous appointments, scans, medications, poking and prodding. Give yourself the best possible chance by supporting it with good nutrition.
If you’re just starting your IVF journey or have had a failed cycle (or 3) it’s natural to feel slightly defeated. I want to give you the knowledge to embrace your journey and feel empowered and in control.
Many couples overlook nutrition when it comes to their fertility, not realizing just how much of an impact it can have on their fertility. It is worth being mindful from the start that every cell in the body is composed from the foods that we eat. Therefore good quality food equals good quality egg and sperm cells too.
To help improve the chances of conception it is important to have the best quality eggs and sperm in order to create the best quality embryos. It can be useful to compare pre IVF nutrition to studying for an exam – you wouldn’t go into an exam unprepared, so why would you do the same with IVF? The best thing to do is to boost your chances by making sure you and your partner are in the best health, have the highest quality eggs and sperm, and your body has the right environment to aid embryo implantation and sustain a healthy pregnancy.
Unfortunately most couples don’t realize the importance of good nutrition until a failed first or second IVF cycle, and then start searching for other answers or explanations as to why their treatment didn’t work.
Science can only do so much, you need to take control and give Mother Nature a bit of a push.
I truly believe that good nutrition should be the first step in your IVF journey. By doing so you encourage a better response to stimulation medications (hopefully a large quantity of quality eggs produced), that are ready for fertilisation by (good quality) sperm, resulting in implantation and a healthy pregnancy to follow.
So where do you start?
It is recommended that both partners (male and female) address their fertility factors and start on a healthy nutritional plan at least 60-90 days prior to their IVF cycle in order to maximize their chances of success.
Why 60-90 days?
Whilst we can improve upon the health and environment of our eggs, we need up to 90 days in order to do so. This is because the cycle of an egg in preparation for ovulation is 90 days, and it is within that time frame in which the eggs are affected by both healthy and unhealthy factors.
Fertility factors to address
- Egg and sperm quality
- Hormonal imbalances – PCOS
- Other factors such as endometriosis
- FSH/AMH – what they mean and what you can do about it
- Digestive health
- Toxic overload
- Environment – inflammation and blood flow to the uterus