I’m so glad that IVF is available to help women get pregnant when they can’t otherwise. It’s so wonderful that we have that option.
The average IVF cycle success rate is 20-35% so unfortunately it’s not a guarantee, but research is showing that there are ways to dramatically boost your chances of getting pregnant from IVF.
Your body is a complex and connected system and only using the synthetic hormones they inject during IVF can only take you so far. Pairing that technology with nutrition and lifestyle therapies that boost your fertility is incredibly powerful. So if you’re going this route, this information is really important.
It's all about egg quality. It’s imperative that you do what you can to improve your egg quality. While the IVF clinic will take control of your hormones during IVF, pumping you full of estrogen and ensuring that you have adequate progesterone, the thing that YOU can work on is your egg quality.
Boosting your egg quality will allow them to retrieve more eggs, and cause a higher percentage of them to be viable eggs, leading to a higher percentage and likelihood of viable embryos for them to implant during the IVF transfer.
Research shows that only good quality eggs are likely to become good-quality embryos that can survive that critical first week and successfully implant to result in pregnancy. So you’re more likely to get pregnant if you have good quality eggs. And you’re also more likely to stay pregnant, and less likely to have a miscarriage.
It takes about three months for an immature egg to develop into a mature egg ready for ovulation, and this is the crucial window of time for preserving and enhancing egg quality. Chromosomal abnormalities usually occur during the last phase of egg maturation – the three months before ovulation.
Here’s the great news. You can influence the quality of eggs that you ovulate a couple of months from now because chromosomal errors in those eggs have probably not occurred yet.
The research is there to show that food and nutrition and lifestyle change our conception factors, egg quality, and fertility.
A study from the Harvard School of Public Health monitored the fat consumption of 147 women undergoing IVF treatment, and discovered that those who ate the highest amounts of monounsaturated fat (found in avocados) were 3.4 times more likely to have a child after IVF.
Another study found that women who drink five or more cups of coffee a day actually halve their chances of getting pregnant via IVF, and women who limited their coffee consumption to less than 100mg (1 cup) a day had the best chances of conceiving.
The key takeaway from these studies is this: what you consume has a direct impact on your fertility and your IVF outcomes. What you do can make a difference!
By changing your diet you can energize your egg and reduce inflammation - important ways to prime your body for pregnancy. That’s what the Becoming Mama program will cover and show you how to do with clear simple strategies and action steps.
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