There has been a lot of conversation regarding in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the media, on internet boards, and in daily life. Whether it’s passed along myths and advice, or even Paris Hilton’s latest controversial statement surrounding IVF, there is a lot of confusion circulating this already complex process. IVF is an effective treatment used for many infertility causes, including ovulation factors, tubal factors, male factors, age factors, uterine factors, endometriosis, and more. Because IVF is used for so many different types of infertility issues, there aren’t always clear-cut answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, but some general rules can help you separate the fact from the fiction. Due to this treatment’s popularity, we wanted to set the record straight by sharing the do’s and don’ts of IVF.
Out of all the do’s and don’t of IVF, exercise is a little bit of both. While regular, moderate exercise, such as yoga, walking, light weight lifting, and elliptical training are encouraged, over-exercising should be avoided. IVF can be stressful, and exercise is a healthy way to release pent-up energy. Some more intense activities, such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or CrossFit training, should be avoided because they may increase your risk of ovarian torsion. Aside from these more strenuous workout routines, regular exercise benefits your mental and physical health and is generally safe to continue while undergoing IVF; however, everybody is different, so consult your doctor before beginning any workout regimen.
In nearly all cases– sex is a definite do! It is safe to engage in intercourse during ovarian stimulation but stay in tune with your body. As your ovaries become larger, this may lead to pain during intercourse, in which case you may want to refrain. As long as you’re comfortable, there are no safety-related reasons for you to abstain from sex during IVF.
If you already eat a well-balanced diet, there’s no need to make any dramatic dietary changes. Moderation is key, so as long as you’re consuming the recommended amount of nutrients and not overindulging, there’s no need to stress. The only thing you may want to cut back on is alcohol. Consumption of as few as four alcoholic beverages per week is linked to a decreased IVF live birth rate, so it’s best to avoid it altogether.
When it comes to self-care activities such as manicures, massages, and trips to the salon, all three are safe “do’s” that can also minimize stress levels. If you’re at the spa, just be sure to ask for relaxation or therapeutic massage instead of a deep tissue massage, as intense pressure is not recommended because of the ovarian enlargement aspect of IVF.
Talk to A Fertility Expert
If you’ve been struggling with fertility issues, have been interested in fertility services, or have any questions about the do’s and don’ts of IVF, reach out to Carolinas Fertility Institute today. We offer a wide variety of services, from fertility evaluations to In Vitro fertilization. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation by calling our Charlotte office at (844) 686-2233 or our office in the Triad at (336) 448-9100.