Myths and Facts Related to In Vitro Fertilization

Myths and Facts Related to In Vitro Fertilization

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The process of In Vitro Fertilization or IVF is an investment; not just monetarily, but also emotionally and where time is concerned. The ambiguous and often uncertain process is shrouded in a fair amount of mystery. Every couple that opts for IVF wants to do everything in their capacity to ensure that the process is a success. So much so, that many couples end up being paranoid and over cautious about the process. Here are some of the most common myths and facts related to IVF, which ones you should be particularly concerned about and which need to be chucked out the window.

Myth – You need complete bed rest to recover from the procedure and to increase its chances of success

Once the embryo transfer has been done, there is no particular reason to hit the pause button on your life. A certain study in Egypt actually revealed that women who underwent complete bed rest for a day after their IVF procedure had a lower chance of success as compared to those women that resumed their daily routine. Bed rest is said to stand in the way of normal fluctuations in blood and heart flow.

Myth – An IVF cycle is something that cannot be controlled

While it is true that an IVF cycle is touch and go, a complete and comprehensive overview of the couple in question can optimise the chances of success. Be sure to visit only the best IVF clinic in India to avail the expertise of an IVF specialist. Only a reputed fertility centre will conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of a couple before they begin the process. Find out from your doctor if you or your spouse has enough eggs, if your fallopian tubes are clear, if your uterus is ready, if your spouse’s sperm is adequate, and if your current lifestyle and health habits will affect your chances of success.

Myth – You can increase the success of the procedure with herbal remedies

There is no concrete evidence to show that herbal remedies boost the chances of success of an IVF procedure. In fact, there isn’t evidence to show that herbs are safe to take during the conception process. Certain herbs may react in a particularly negative manner, thereby hampering the process. Several herbs available that are said to boost fertility have been found to contain high levels of mercury, while others are considered downright dangerous for consumption as they might affect blood clotting. Be absolutely transparent with your doctor if you are taking any specific herbs during your IVF procedure.

Myth – You can increase your chances of getting pregnant if you go on a special diet

Unfortunately, there is no magic diet that you can go on which will boost your chances of getting pregnant during an IVF cycle. However, it pays to follow a healthy and balanced diet before you start trying to conceive. Your diet must contain lean protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruit so that you and the baby you are trying to conceive during an IVF procedure are healthy. Avoid eliminating foods such as gluten while you are on an IVF cycle, as it may cause malnutrition, among other health issues.

It is necessary to maintain normal weight to be able to get pregnant. One shouldn’t be malnourished or obese. Women who tend to have body mass indexes of under 20 or over 35 experience low pregnancy rates.

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