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What Patients Can Do to to Prepare for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

By Michael Vermesh on September 16, 2013

What Patients Can Do to to Prepare for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a great option to consider if you want to start a family of your very own but have been unable to conceive successfully by natural means. When you visit our fertility center, we will be able to go over all of your options for advanced fertility treatment, which means IVF as well as other advanced treatments.

There are many things that patients can do to prepare for the process in order to improve results and increase the chances of success. Let's take a few moments right now to look at some of the basics surrounding preparation for IVF.

About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) - The Basics

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process in which eggs are harvested from a woman in order for them to be fertilized in a lab setting. Once the fertilization has been completed, the embryos are transferred into the womb to be carried to term. IVF can be performed in combination with other reproductive procedures in order to improve results and rates of success.

Ideal Candidates for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

The best candidates for in vitro fertilization (IVF) are women who have been unable to become pregnant by natural means for roughly one year. They should be in good health overall and have realistic expectations about the procedure and what it can achieve.

Medical Preparations and Other Procedures

It's first important that medical tests be done to ensure the health of the expectant mother, the viability of the eggs, and the potential for congenital disorders to be passed on.

Age will sometimes play a factor with in vitro fertilization (IVF) since eggs tend to be more healthy and free from potential defects in younger patients. That's why egg donation, surrogacy, and other issues will sometimes come up as part of the IVF pre-treatment consultation process.

A Healthy Diet

Eating right is an important part of the preparation for in vitro fertilization (IVF). It's recommended that women eat balanced diets that are incorporate many fresh fruits and vegetables. Process foods and junk food should be avoided as much as possible, and any unhealthy fats and excess sugars should be cut from the diet as well.

Regular Exercise

Exercise not only helps you feel great and look great, it can also increase the chances of successful in vitro fertilization (IVF). Be sure to get a good amount of physical activity in every day. It need not be so strenuous either. Stretch, yoga, walking, and light weights along with a healthy diet can go a long, long way to improving overall wellness.

Stay Away from Alcohol and Tobacco

Fertility specialists will often tell in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients to avoid tobacco products and use good judgment when it comes to alcoholic beverages. It's just another compelling reason to quit smoking and to use restraint when it comes to indulging in drinks.

Preparing Mentally and Emotionally

You might be surprised to know that in vitro fertilization (IVF) can be mentally taxing, but it's true. We encourage patients to meditate, speak openly with their partner and/or loved ones, and to ask any questions they have when speaking with their fertility specialist. This will be very helpful for mental wellness before undergoing IVF.

Learn More About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

For more information about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and your many other options out there for starting a family of your own, be sure to contact our Los Angeles area fertility center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve your goals.

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