All about implantation
Transferring the embryo is the last and most vital part of IVF. The fertility clinic creates several in the lab using sperm and egg samples. The best embryos are then prepared for transfer. The fertility doctor will complete the transfer in a simple, non-invasive procedure. Using ultrasound and a catheter, one or more fresh or frozen embryos are transferred via the vagina. The embryo must attach to the uterus for a successful pregnancy which the doctor will confirm after 2 weeks. Without a doubt, embryo transfer can be stressful. These 4 tips can improve the chances of success.
1. Manage your stress
IVF can be stressful for spouses and families. Consistently taking medication, consulting with doctors, and tacking health statistics can take a toll. The stress buildup can be detrimental to the process. Excess cortisol can increase unwanted markers like androgens, insulin, and oxidative stress. Doctors recommend finding ways to decrease stress during the process. Self-care techniques, meditation, massage therapy, and support groups can keep families calm during the process.
2. Follow medication instructions closely
For successful implantation, the uterus must be the right thickness to receive the embryo. During ovulation, the body produces hormones like estrogen and progesterone to prepare for implantation. With IVF, the clinic will provide a range of hormone medications to stimulate ovulation. Taking the correct dosage on time is vital for a successful transfer. Make sure to set alarms to help with consistency or plan for traveling and special occasions. Completing the medication regimen helps with being prepared for the embryo.
3. Maintain a healthy diet
Fertility medication prepares for implantation, but a healthy diet can support the process. During the entire IVF process and the weeks after, maintain a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Aim for antioxidant-rich fruits like berries and citrus fruits. For carbs and proteins, eat whole grains, lean meats, and protein-rich vegetables. Diets high in processed sugar may impact insulin, estrogen, and progesterone production. These may not completely derail implantation, but don’t take any chances.
4. Take it easy after implantation
The 2 weeks after embryo transfer, the doctor will perform a pregnancy test. This timeframe is critical for the embryo. Avoid strenuous exercise, lifting heavy items, or any physical labor during this time. At the same time, light exercise, like walking, can help. There will be pregnancy-like symptoms such as cramping, fatigue, and spotting. Spend the time focusing on self-care and managing symptoms before the next doctor’s visit
Every little bit counts
Take all steps possible to increase the chances of pregnancy. With simple self-care and consistent hormone medication, both body and mind will be ready for the process. Before and after implantation, the fertility doctor will provide instructions to ensure everything goes well. Follow the instructions, ask lots of questions, and a healthy baby could be around the corner.