With the latest advancement in medical science, many solutions are available for treating infertility. IVF or In Vitro Fertilization is one of the assisted reproduction methods helping many couples realize a dream of having their child. In IVF, the embryologist fertilizes man’s sperm and woman’s egg outside of the body in the laboratory. After fertilization, the doctor implants the embryo into the woman’s uterus and, the pregnancy happens.
Though there are advancements in medical science, still many concerns arise in our minds regarding the procedure IVF, such as:
Let us address these concerns one by one.
Medication used in IVF can show mild side effects, such as a bruise, redness at the injection site, nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, abdominal discomfort, and vaginal discharge. The chances of severe side effects are minimal.
As far as the chance of multiple pregnancies, yes, you can have multiple pregnancies in IVF. In IVF, the embryologist transfers more than one embryo to the uterus to increase the chances of IVF success. Generally, pregnancy through IVF is the same as a normal conceive pregnancy. But, in the case of multiple pregnancies, some associated risks are delivery by cesarean section, pregnancy-related high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and preterm delivery.
There is no theory that IVF-conceived children have a higher incidence of congenital diseases. Pregnancy in the late 30s, reasons for infertility, and genetic defects are some of the most common causes of congenital diseases.
There is no need for complete bed rest after embryo transfer. A gynaecologist may suggest light exercise like slow walking after embryo transfer. Exercise also helps in boosting fertility which is essential for the success of any assisted reproductive technique. Let us discuss how exercise helps in making an IVF procedure a success.
Importance of exercise before IVF
There is too much confusion about exercise and its impact on artificial fertilization. Healthy body weight may enhance the success of fertilization.
Excessive body weight and fat around the belly can disturb the hormonal balance leading to the irregular menstrual cycle and disturbing hormone levels. Changes in the hormonal balance can sometimes increase the risk of non-formation of female eggs. Obesity can also affect the quality of the ovum (egg). The chance of live births also reduces in obese women compared to women with normal BMI in the case of assisted reproduction.
We can see the correlation between obesity and fertility. Some lifestyle modifications that can help in boosting fertility are:
If you are thinking of going for assisted reproduction techniques or IVF, these simple lifestyle modifications can help you.