A likely question women ask themselves when trying to conceive is “what can I do to improve my chances?” And for those trying to conceive via assisted reproductive technology, such as IVF treatment, the question becomes “what can I do to help this fertility cycle work?”
Recently, Katie O’Connor, blogger for Chicago Now, discussed this very question and how she believes we cannot control every aspect of what we can do to help the outcome. Yes, staying healthy both physically and mentally can keep you positive and help your chances when you’re trying to conceive. However, understanding beforehand that each woman’s profile and cycles are unique can help better answer the question.
We agree with Katie when she says “you can’t beat yourself up over what you can do to insure you’ll get pregnant.” Taking your fertility medications, going to all your appointments, and listening and performing the protocol your doctor gives you are all great steps you can take. Taking care of your basic health is a helpful thing to do, not only for your prospective baby, but also for your well-being. A balanced diet and regular exercise can keep you positive and in good spirits, while also preparing your body for pregnancy.
You may be aware that your body mass index, a measure of your body weight and height, can impact your IVF success. What you may not realize, however, is that taking the time to lose weight before starting IVF can compromise your IVF success. Factors such as your ovarian reserve can make starting IVF right away more important than delaying, so it is best to know your personalized IVF success rate at your current BMI first and then discuss treatment further with your IVF doctor before delaying. Along with a healthy diet and weight, being in a good mental place can help you balance the stress that tends to go hand-in-hand with fertility treatments.
Beyond a healthy weight and mental state, there are other important factors that come into play to determine your fertility and your chances of success when you’re trying to conceive. A diagnosis of PCOS, uterine fibroids, or diminished ovarian reserve for instance, can impact your fertility rate, while your partner's sperm count and quality can also play a part.
Katie mentions that “everyone’s individual IVF success rates vary,” and she couldn’t have been more right. This is precisely Univfy’s mission: To provide highly accurate personalized predictions of IVF success based on each woman’s and her partner’s unique profile. Through Univfy IVF Prediction Tests we are able to make our mission possible. These tests, taken online, analyze multiple factors in your and your partner’s reproductive profiles to provide accurate predictions of your chance of having a baby with IVF. Learning your chances of IVF success ahead of time can help you make more informed decisions about your fertility journey and help better answer the question “what can I do to improve my chances?”
Click here to read Katie O'Connor's blog on Chicago Now
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