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If you are considering, or about to undergo IVF, then you are making a large investment on many levels. It is financially very expensive, but that it not the end of it. In emotional terms, it requires a great commitment and of course it can take up months or even years of your life. Naturally, you will want to do everything possible to make it succeed and you might like to embrace some IVF success tips before you begin. In terms of when to begin preparing, then the earlier the better. It can take weeks or even months for certain beneficial changes to take effect although it is very much a case of "better late than never" if time is of the essence and you are about to begin your cycle.

Let Go of Fertility Detractors

Certain habits can have a devastating effect on fertility and these include smoking, drinking alcohol and taking certain drugs.

Smoking can wreak havoc on both male and female fertility with one report from the British Medical Assocition indicating a 40% drop in conception rates for smokers. In female smokers, hormonal imbalances are commonplace and this can lead to irregular ovulation. The chemicals in cigarettes can cause abnormalities within the eggs and increases the possibility of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. In men, smoking can cause a huge 75% drop in fertility, with the semen of male smokers being less able to fertilize the egg. The good news is that once you stop smoking, your fertility levels begin to increase and are usually back to acceptable levels within a year of giving up.

Couples with fertility problems are advised not to drink alcohol. Studies have shown that men and women who drink only small to moderate amounts of alcohol show a marked decrease in the number of live births. For the optimal chance, IVF success tips include advising couples to both stop drinking alcohol for a few months prior to the start of their protocol.

Many types of drugs, both legal and illegal, can have adverse effects on fertility and on a developing fetus. You should both stop taking any illegal drugs and speak to your doctor about any prescription or over the counter medication you are taking as this too could adversely affect your outcome.

Take a Good Look at Your Diet

Improving your diet is one of the most popular IVF success tips. Fast burning carbohydrates, trans fats, sugars and processed foods can caused ovulatory disruption and should therefore be avoided.

Many foods are great fertility boosters and it is important to include these within your diet. In general, the foods you eat should be organic wherever possible.

Your diet should consist of 4-6 small meals each day and each should consist of some complex carbohydrate (such as brown rice or quinoa) and some fresh fruit or vegetables. About half of these small meals should include a small portion of lean organic meat or fish. You can snack on small quantities of healthy foods inbetween if you become hungry. In general, foods should be eaten warmed, vegetables should be steamed and you should always chew your food well.

Water is an important component too for both parties. Keeping your body well-hydrated is crucial to the overall good health of the eggs and sperm.

Rest and Relaxation

Getting sufficient sleep is vital to ensure the ongoing health of your reproductive system. Lack of sleep can disrupt hormonal balance for a number of reasons and you should try to get around 7-8 hours per night. It is also important to avoid stressful situations if possible or at the very least, ensure that you try to de-stress in the best way possible for you, whether that is by walking, reading a book or simply having a warm bath.

Some women find that alternative therapies such as yoga or acupuncture can help, and these along with other therapies such as massage, can be found within many IVF success tips. The key here is to find what works for you, as relaxation is a very personal matter. The "positive" on all this is that not only can alternative therapies help you relax, but there is also evidence that they can enhance fertility.

If you would like to learn other strategies to improve your chances of a happy outcome, please visit IVF Success Tips. Here you can find information to help prepare you for your protocol, with specific guidance on a range of helpful topics at the IVF Blog.


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