According to studies, actively preparing for IVF may help boost your IVF success rate. In a UK study, couples increased their IVF success rate from 25% to 47.1%. That’s an over 90% increase!
And if you are going to pay up to $10,000 for the Reproductive Endocrinologist and up to $5,000 for the fertility drugs, wouldn’t you want to invest a small amount of time, money and effort beforehand to get the most of the IVF cycle?
It takes approximately 120 days for your eggs to mature from their primordial form (the form you were born with) and for the new batch of sperm to generate.
What you eat and drink and get exposed to during those 120 days before the egg retrieval and sperm collection will impact the quality of your eggs and sperm.
I know your doctor probably told you that there is nothing you can do about improving your egg and sperm quality — and he or she is right — if you change nothing in your lifestyle and diet, no change will be possible.
But, as numerous studies show (including those from Harvard University) if you make some small changes to your diet and lifestyle and you ensure that you get adequate amounts of specific nutrients found in the seminal and follicular fluids — you can greatly influence the strength and resilience of your eggs and sperm.
To make this more visual, I’d like you to picture a soap bubble and a balloon. Between the two, which one is sturdier and is more likely to survive for longer?
The reason why the balloon is stronger is because the material it’s made of is sturdier.
Your body with its trillions of cells is busily creating new and repairing old cells. To do this efficiently, it uses building blocks in the form of nutrients, protein, fats and carbohydrates.
Egg and sperm cells are mainly made of protein and fat. But not just any fat. If you eat fast food, food rich in saturated fats and trans fats, that’s what your body will use to build your egg and sperm cells.
Those fats are not what makes up healthy eggs and sperm cells. You need healthy fatty acids in the form of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, like omegas 3 and 6.
But good fats and nutrients such as zinc, selenium, iron, vitamin E, vitamin D, calcium, are not the only factors needed for improved egg and sperm quality.
To increase your IVF success rate you also need to avoid toxic substances which can harm the delicate egg and sperm cells.
Surprisingly, there are many chemicals used in day-to-day products known to decrease your egg and sperm quantity and quality. Sadly, most of your household cleaning and personal care products (ex. toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo) may decrease your IVF success rate.
The DNA your single egg and your husband’s one sperm donate at the time of conception will form ALL of your baby’s cells! If that DNA is even slightly damaged all of your baby’s cells will carry that damage, making him/her more prone to malformations and decreasing his/her chance of survival.
And this is something you have control over in this process which seems so out of your control. It’s empowering to know that you can improve your odds of IVF success rate by improving your egg and sperm quality for just 120 days before egg retrieval and sperm collection. Isn’t that great?
Pregnancy really starts 120 days before conception and the tremendous gift you can offer to your child by preparing for it properly and increasing your IVF success rate is priceless!
What are your thoughts? Would you like to optimize your egg and your husband’s sperm health before IVF? Would you be willing to make those small adjustments for such a fantastic reward? I’d love to hear your thoughts, and as always I’m right here for you if you’ve got any questions and if you’d like to know more about how you can prepare for IVF and increase your IVF success rate. Let me help you.
Iva Keene is co-founder and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She has been a qualified, accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 13 years, holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Reproductive Medicine. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva's articles, videos, guides and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments and integrative reproductive health.