KhushKhabriWithIVF: In vitro fertilisation(IVF) has revolutionised the field of reproductive medicine, offering hope to countless couples struggling with infertility. As medical technology advances, the success rates of IVF continue to improve, but the role of lifestyle factors should not be underestimated in enhancing the chances of a successful IVF journey. Preparing for IVF involves more than just medical interventions; it encompasses adopting a healthy lifestyle that can positively impact fertility and the overall success of the procedure. Our ‘Khush Khabri With IVF’ campaign focuses on covering all the aspects of IVF. This time, we spoke to Dr Nisha Bhatnagar, Medical Director, Aveya IVF & Fertility Clinic to understand about the role of lifestyle in IVF planning and successful conception.
Lifestyle and IVF
While IVF treatments address a range of fertility issues, a healthy lifestyle can significantly contribute to their success. Lifestyle factors can influence the quality of eggs and sperm, hormone balance, and the receptiveness of the uterine lining – all of which play pivotal roles in a successful IVF cycle. By making informed lifestyle changes, couples can optimise their chances of achieving a healthy pregnancy. Dr Bhatnagar shares key lifestyle changes that can contribute to higher chances of conception through IVF.
A balanced diet rich in nutrients can have a profound impact on fertility. If you are planning for IVF, you must start consuming a lot of seasonal fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats.
Antioxidant-rich foods, such as berries, spinach, and nuts, can help protect reproductive cells from damage caused by oxidative stress. Limiting processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive caffeine intake is equally important.
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Achieving a Healthy Weight
Weight and BMI are crucial for fertility. Being underweight or overweight both can affect fertility. According to Dr Bhatnagar, being underweight can disrupt hormonal balance, leading to irregular ovulation, while excess body weight can contribute to insulin resistance and hormonal imbalances. Achieving a healthy weight through regular exercise and a balanced diet can improve fertility and increase the chances of successful IVF outcomes.
Engaging in regular physical activity not only helps with weight management but also improves blood circulation, reduces stress, and boosts mood. “Aim for a combination of cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and relaxation techniques like yoga. However, avoid excessive and intense workouts, as they might have counterproductive effects on fertility,” suggests Dr Bhatnagar.
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The IVF process can be emotionally taxing and it can take a toll on your mental health. High stress levels can adversely affect hormonal balance and interfere with reproductive function. Dr Bhatnagar suggests incorporating stress-reducing practices such as meditation, deep breathing, mindfulness, and hobbies you enjoy. Seek support from friends, family, or a mental health professional if needed.
Quality sleep is vital for overall health and hormonal regulation. You must take at least 7-9 hours of sound sleep everyday. Create a calming bedtime routine, avoid electronic devices before sleep, and maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
Avoid Harmful Substances
Both partners should avoid smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and recreational drug use, suggests Dr Bhatnagar. These substances can impair fertility and may negatively impact the success of IVF. They can also affect the developing foetus if pregnancy is achieved.
Explore mind-body practices such as acupuncture and fertility massage. Some studies suggest that these therapies can enhance blood flow to the reproductive organs, reduce stress, and promote relaxation- factors that can contribute to improved IVF outcomes.
Dr Bhatnagar concludes by saying, preparing for IVF goes beyond medical procedures; it involves adopting a holistic approach that includes making positive lifestyle changes. Nutrition, exercise, stress management, and other factors can significantly impact fertility and contribute to successful IVF outcomes. By embracing these changes, couples can enhance their overall well-being, increase their chances of conception, and embark on their IVF journey with optimism and confidence. The key is to act consciously and not mindlessly following a routine. It's essential to work closely with medical professionals who specialise in fertility and IVF to ensure that all aspects of the journey are well-coordinated and aligned for the best possible results.