Purebun.com – Couples who have problems with infertility, namely the inability to get pregnant after having regular sexual intercourse for one year without contraception, can now consider IVF procedures. Before undergoing an IVF pregnancy program, you need to know what preparations are needed so that this procedure can be successful in giving birth to you and your partner.
Treatment for infertility problems tends to depend on the underlying cause. In addition to lifestyle changes, there are several pregnancy programs that are usually also recommended by doctors, including through medical drugs, surgery, artificial insemination and IVF procedures.
Age plays an important role in fertility rates. Healthy couples aged 20-30 years, have a chance of pregnancy ranging from 25-30% per menstrual cycle. When entering the age of 40 years, a woman’s chance of getting pregnant decreases, which is less than 10% in each cycle. Likewise, male fertility declines with age.
For married couples who are over 35 years old, fertility evaluation and treatment can be carried out after 6 months of regular sexual intercourse without contraception but have not had children. Meanwhile, for couples aged over 40 years, it is recommended to conduct an evaluation and immediately plan a pregnancy program.
That is, the longer the delay in undergoing a pregnancy program, the lower the chances of pregnancy and the higher the risks that may be experienced during pregnancy. If this is the problem you are facing, then maybe it is time for you and your partner to seek professional and experienced medical help in the field of fertility, to determine the appropriate pregnancy program. One of them is the IVF program.
Efforts to Achieving Pregnancy with IVF
IVF technology or what is often referred to as in vitro fertilization (IVF) is another way that can be taken by married couples who want to get pregnant but cannot get pregnant naturally. This program will only be recommended by doctors if other methods of having children have been tried and do not give the desired results.
The IVF method is carried out by uniting selected eggs and sperm in the laboratory, so fertilization occurs and an embryo is formed. Then, the formed embryo is transferred into the woman’s uterus to develop into a fetus and be born. In IVF procedures, eggs, sperm, and embryos can come from you and your partner. But if it is not possible, you can get it from a donor.
In addition, you need to understand that the success of IVF (IVF) cycles is influenced by several factors, namely:
- Patient specific factors
- Factors such as age and causes of infertility, as well as psychological conditions (stress).
- Ovarian stimulation procedure
- This is to stimulate egg production.
Doctor’s clinical experience on IVF
Embryology laboratory facilities
Facilities determine the quality of fertilization and embryo formation.
- Number of embryos per transfer
The more amount transferred, the more likely you are to get pregnant, and even increase the chances of multiple pregnancies.
- Embryo transfer technique used
- Luteal phase support therapy
This therapy is useful for increasing the chances of a successful pregnancy, and reducing the risk of miscarriage.
Therefore, the experience of doctors in the IVF field and the facilities available at IVF clinics or hospitals, greatly affect the success of IVF.
Tips for Pregnant Success with IVF Program
IVF programs help increase your chances of having a healthy baby. Here are some tips that you can do in preparation for IVF to be successful in having a baby:
- Comprehensive health check-up and consultation
A thorough medical examination is useful to give an idea of the physical condition that may be related to the level of fertility for you and your partner.
Starting from medical history data, physical examinations, to supporting examinations such as complete blood tests, pap smears, menstrual cycle reviews, ovarian and egg quality examinations in women, male fertility examinations (sperm analysis), as well as confirming vaccination history, including tetanus and TORCH. .
- Healthy eating pattern
A healthy and balanced diet plays an important role in your fertility, including helping to increase the success of IVF. Eat more fruits and vegetables and foods rich in calcium, such as low-fat milk and yogurt. Eat a variety of protein sources, such as nuts, seeds, soy products, and meat. Although fish is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids for the development of your baby’s brain and eyes, it is recommended to limit their intake, especially those containing high mercury such as tuna, mackerel, and tuna. Also avoid foods with excess fat content, or those containing dyes, flavorings, and chemical preservatives.
- Healthy lifestyles
Quit smoking and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking has an adverse effect on fertility and pregnancy. In men, smoking can reduce sperm quality. This habit can also reduce your success rate in undergoing IVF program. Also avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages, and limit caffeine consumption, to no more than 200 mg of caffeine (2 cups) per day. Complete with adequate rest (sleep 6-8 hours per day), as well as regular exercise.
Being underweight or overweight can affect fertility. Improve and maintain ideal body weight by maintaining a diet and exercising as recommended by a doctor.
Avoid exercising too often or too hard. Walking, jogging, yoga, and swimming are good exercises to reduce stress and support the body in preparing for pregnancy.
- Intake of multivitamins and folic acid
Taking vitamins and folic acid at least 400 micrograms per day before getting pregnant as recommended by your doctor, can help you complete the nutritional intake needed for pregnancy, and can reduce the chances of your baby suffering from birth defects, such as spina bifida.
- Avoid stressStress is not good for pregnancy preparation. Activities and a more positive environment, such as joining communities participating in IVF program, encouraging each other among community members, or doing massage and acupuncture therapy, can help deal with stress.
In addition to the various tips above, you are strongly advised to follow all the doctor’s recommendations while undergoing the IVF program. Although the success rate of this IVF program also depends on your age, health condition, and how severe the infertility problem is, doing these tips will increase your chances of getting pregnant.