What can go wrong during the first IVF cycle?
Most couples opt for IVF due to fertility problems that are difficult to treat. For these couples, doctors have already identified issues with the body that can affect the cycle, like endometriosis or low sperm count. One significant complication is IVF cancellation. Doctors will cancel IVF if the follicles needed to produce eggs are running low. Doctors will perform ovarian reserve testing before the cycle to test follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. Some other issues that can arise during an IVF cycle include:
- Eggs not getting fertilized
- Harvested eggs are poor quality
- Embryos fail to implant into the uterus
Before the treatment
Before beginning the process, the doctor performs a series of tests on the couple, including semen analysis, a uterine exam, and even a mock embryo transfer to test the body’s response to an embryo. During the testing stage, doctors can identify factors that will delay, cancel, or make the IVF process difficult.
Preparing for the second round of IVF
To prepare for the second round of treatment, some couples already have embryos stored away for future use. Cryopreservation is a way to save eggs for future cycles without having to go through all the steps of the first IVF cycle. Couples should consider this option during the first cycle in preparation for the second.
Another way to prepare for the second round is to make some lifestyle changes. Try to quit smoking and lower alcohol intake, along with taking prenatal pills and eating healthier. Foods like nuts, flax seeds, and oats are great for the body. Maintaining a healthy weight is an excellent way to get the body ready for IVF treatments. This goes for both males and females.
Finding the right support
Another great tip is to partner with a great fertility doctor and medical team. Choosing the right healthcare provider is key to making progress during IVF. The right provider will provide counseling, feedback, and monitoring during the entire cycle. To learn more about providers, reach out to a fertility clinic.