Top Five Tips for Success Using Reproductive Assisted Methods
I am 39, 101 kilos. I have had one round of IVF which resulted in a miscarriage. I have lost kilos in the last year, do yoga 2 to 3 times a week, see my acupuncturist fortnightly and meditate regularly. What key things would be ideal for me to implement?
First and foremost you need to understand the critical importance of your 120 day preparation period because all to often we see couples who believe that IVF (and other reproductive assisted methods) is their only option, when often it’s not.
I’ve had many different types of stories where a couple comes in, they’ve gone through IVF, they’ve done it several times, it’s cost a tonne yet the “number game” hasn’t worked for them yet. They want to do something different before going for the next cycle. They start our program and we take them through everything that is required, and then rather than IVF they try to see if they will conceive naturally and often that’s what happens.
For other couples, they come in, they do the program, then the very next IVF cycle they conceive. I’ve seen it too many times now to dismiss it as just luck of the draw. It’s not that. It really isn’t. There is so much research these days to actually illustrate that very point. There is so much you can do and anyone that tells you otherwise is literally lying to you. They’ve got other motives to basically want you to do things.
If anybody tells you that you can’t make a difference by taking charge of what your body and your health, they’re certainly not telling you the truth. Please listen and understand what I’m saying, because it makes all of the difference to you.
The following top five tips for success using reproductive assisted methods are going to help you conceive, if natural conception is not an option.
- First thing that I recommend is cleaning up your home and lifestyle. Get rid of all the chemicals in your home, cleaning products and pest control items, all of those things can imbalance hormones and therefore negatively impact fertility and ability to keep a healthy pregnancy to term. Removing harmful toxins from your personal environment is going to be vital.
- Electro Radiation is another big factor. These days it’s hard to go anywhere without having to be impacted by Wi-Fi. Work places are totally Wi-Fi driven so it’s important to ensure that your sanctuary is your sanctuary. Sure you can’t control your neighbours WiFi but within your own home if you can minimise the presence of radiation your body will thank you. You shouldn’t be using things like electric blankets or charging laptops and mobile phones in the bedroom.
- Eating well – eat your way to parenthood is certainly the way that I recommend eating – because it makes such a huge difference to ensuring that you are the most fertile that you can be. Avoiding trans fats that are found in things like biscuits and cakes and pies. All sorts of things that have vegetable oils is going to make a huge difference because these can cause dangerous oxidation to the quality of the egg and the sperm and of course, negatively impact implantation. What you put in your mouth will make a huge difference. So avoid excessive sugars (including too much fruit sugar) dairy and gluten.
- Lose weight because excess weight whether you’re a man or a woman will negatively impact your chances when TTC. Malformations of sperm are more likely to occur making sperm morphology a problem, you’ll end up with a very large number of abnormally shaped sperm as well as dead sperm. So, motility is also impacted. So
- Exercise. You don’t want to over exert yourself and you certainly don’t want to over exercise because that will also negatively impact fertility. But you do want to make sure that you’re doing something on a daily basis, about an hour, good brisk walk or cross trainer or a combination of resistance training and cardio will certainly be very well received, as far as fertility is concerned. It’s going to help to improve the circulation of blood through tissues and organs and systems and of course, it will help to oxygenate that reproductive organs that are going to again, be responsible for the healthiest possible egg and sperm.
If you have been going through fertility problems, if you’re going through IVF, my final recommendation is to ensure that you have a consultation with one of our fertility specialists or a fertility specialist that you know is very comprehensive, to ensure that you receive the personalised advice that you need. Each case is very different and really requires a clear understanding of exactly what is happening for each couple. Look for help because that will definitely make a big difference, it’s making sure that you know everything that could be impacting you specifically and that you have the tools, skills and strategies to actually manage/overcome/ reverse those issues.