Tips for Greater In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Success

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What is in vitro fertilisation?

For many couples, the in vitro fertilisation journey is both physically and emotionally draining.

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is an alternative conception treatment to help couples with fertility problems have a baby.

During the in vitro fertilisation process, the female's egg from the ovaries is removed and fertilised with the male's sperm in the laboratory. The embryo (fertilised egg) is returned to the female's body to develop.

Whether you're just starting your IVF journey or in the middle of a cycle, here are some handy tips for you to boost your chances of conceiving during IVF.

Tip #1: Start young when you're in your prime

Younger couples are more likely to have a successful pregnancy as fertility declines when the couple is older. It decreases sharply from 35 years old onwards for the female, with an average drop of 3% in fertility with each increasing year. Meanwhile, the male's fertility starts to decline from age 40 onwards.

Chances of genetic abnormalities and pregnancy complications also increase in older couples. If you and your partner cannot conceive even after actively trying for at least a year, or 6 months for women aged 35 and older, it's time to quickly schedule an appointment with your gynaecologist.

Tip #2: Maintain a healthy weight and BMI

Being overweight can negatively affect the entire IVF process.

Monitoring the ovaries gets more difficult, greater doses of medication will be needed to stimulate the eggs to grow, and chances of getting high-quality eggs are lowered. Complications during egg retrievals will increase as well.

To increase your chances of having a successful in vitro fertilisation, maintain a healthy weight and body mass index by eating healthily and exercising regularly.

An unhealthy BMI is associated with a higher risk of miscarriage as well as higher pregnancy complications and risks.

Tip #3: Have a well-balanced diet

Normally, females only develop 1 mature egg every month. However, during IVF, your body will be priming multiple eggs in preparation for the egg retrieval process.

Women are recommended to eat foods rich in protein such as eggs and drink lots of water. A type of vitamin B, folic acid or folate tablets, will also be provided by the IVF specialist for your consumption.

Tip #4: Have adequate rest and avoid strenuous exercises

Women may experience cramping throughout the IVF process, such as after the egg retrieval stage, embryo transfer stage, and the two-week wait stage.

They may also develop some reactions to the medications used during IVF, such as hot flushes, feeling irritable or depressed, headaches, and restlessness.

While the cramping and side effects are generally mild, it's still best to avoid walking unnecessarily and minimising all activities.

Tip #5: Choose an IVF doctor who you're comfortable with

In vitro fertilization in Singapore is a tough process and the doctor you choose matters a lot.

While it's good to do your research regarding the doctor's experience and track record online, it's also recommended to personally consult your chosen IVF specialist to have a good gauge of his/her working style and whether he/she is a good emotional fit.

You should choose an IVF specialist that allows you to feel supported and heard throughout this emotional journey.

Feel free to look for other IVF specialists if you aren't completely satisfied with the first one you consult. Select your IVF doctor wisely and only proceed if you feel comfortable with him/her.

Consult an IVF Specialist in Singapore

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. Know that you're not alone and we'll be there with you every step of your way. Seng's OG Practice is an IVF service clinic that provides professional, compassionate, and comprehensive care to help you fulfil your dream of building a family. Contact us now at 6472 7988 to schedule an appointment with our IVF specialist in Singapore.