Being parents is a dream come true for many couples. Unfortunately, in the recent times infertility- be it male or female has become a common deterring factor for those desperately wanting to have a child.
Modern infertility treatments are helping millions of couples around the world in realizing their dreams to become parents.
Despite several medical advancements, the success rate of IUI, IVF, ICSI are only around 20 to 35 per cent depending on various factors like sperm count, quality of the egg, age etc., These treatments are expensive too and can be emotionally taxing.
If you are a couple trying to conceive through infertility treatments, learn about few must-follow rules for a successful pregnancy.
Don’t Stress: Stress, anxiety and confusion play a major role in making your infertility treatment successful. Though it is quite normal to feel anxious about the treatment and the outcome, high levels of stress may negatively impact the reproductive organs. Go for meditation, slow breathing techniques to beat the stress.
Eat Healthy: Eating healthy, staying fit are key factors while undergoing treatment for infertility. A study by Harvard School of Public Health recommends eating ‘good fats’ like avocados, nuts, seeds to protect the heart, lower inflammation and improve chances of fertility. Also avoid alcohol, too much of caffeine and smoking.
Workout: Workout before and after treatment unless your doctor advises otherwise. Many gynecologists believe that a regular walk for at least an hour daily, swimming, few easy workouts will improve the quality of the eggs and facilitate conception.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is highly recommended to those undergoing infertility treatment. Several studies have proven that acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer or intrauterine inseminisation (IUI) will increase the chances of conception by improving blood flow to the ovaries and uterus.
Support Group: Join a support group with couples facing similar issues. Talk to them, try to understand the procedure better, share tips, facts and bond over good conversations. Always remember that your doctor is the right person to share the views, clear doubts and be assured till you hold the baby in your arms.