Health tips to prepare your body for fertility treatments | Health
According to research published in WebMD, IVF treatment is never the first step in infertility treatment unless there is complete tubal obstruction. Instead, it is reserved for cases in which other methods such as fertility drugs, surgery, and artificial insemination have not worked.
When you’re in your early 20s, you’re most fertile, but fertility usually starts to decline around age 30 and declines more dramatically after age 35. Male infertility is a widespread problem that is increasing due to various factors however, up to 90% of all infertile men have the ability to conceive their own genetic child thanks to contemporary science and health experts insist on the fact that you can adjust your lifestyle to prevent infertility and get treatment for the causes.
Finding out that you or your partner may have fertility issues can be stressful, which can make you feel anxious. This nervousness about IVF treatment is usually caused by a lack of familiarity with the process, but asking the right questions can help ease your fears and make your IVF journey much easier.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Jasneet Kaur, reproductive medicine consultant and medical director at Milann Fertility Hospital, Chandigarh, said: “Although in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment can be physically and emotionally demanding, there are things you can do to get ready and increase your chances of success. A couple should aim to achieve their ideal body weight before embarking on the IVF journey, as this not only increases the success rates of an IVF cycle, but also reduces complications once you become pregnant. Getting pampered, getting 7-8 hours of good quality sleep and de-stressing is extremely vital before moving forward.
She advised: “The best suggestion for preparing the mind and body is yoga, which is particularly good for reducing stress and anxiety levels and is a good form of exercise. A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains and seeds is essential for detoxifying your body. processed foods, soft drinks and energy drinks, limit your alcohol consumption and quit smoking during this preparation time. It is important to continue taking your prenatal supplements like folic acid and vitamin D. Also educate yourself about the IVF process and talk to friends and family and join an infertility support group may be useful.
Dr. Chitra Ramamurthy-MBBS, MS (OBG) Dip Rep Med (Germany) – Senior Consultant and Infertility Specialist at Apollo Hospitals Bangalore, added to the list of ways to prepare your body before starting your fertility treatment:
1. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
2. Start taking prenatal vitamins.
3. Maintain a healthy weight.
4. Stop smoking, drinking alcohol and using recreational drugs.
5. Reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake.
6. Avoid traveling to countries or regions that may expose you to infectious diseases that may delay treatment.
7. Reduce stress.