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So that the IVF procedure runs smoothly, there are various preparations that need to be done by you and your partner. These preparations are made not only to increase the chances of the success of IVF, but also to maintain the physical and mental health of both of you
IVF or in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a reproductive technology with a helping egg and sperm in the cup in the laboratory. This technology aims to help the fertilization process in married couples who have fertility problems.
IVF can be a fun and tense procedure to do. Fun because this procedure can increase the chances of pregnancy, but also tense because you and your partner do not know whether this procedure will be successful or not.
Preparation before following the IVF procedure
Undergoing procedures or IVF programs are enough to drain money, time, and emotions. Therefore, careful preparation must be made by every married couple.
The following are some preparations that must be done before following the IVF procedure:
1. Make a mature plan with a partner
Before deciding to undergo IVF procedures, discuss important matters related to this procedure with a partner. You can discuss the costs required, long time to undergo IVF, to the support of family and closest people.
IVF is a procedure that is classified as long and intense, so support from all aspects is needed.
2. Visit the obstetrician
Visiting an obstetrician is the main thing you and your partner should do if you want to undergo IVF procedures. The doctor will ask about fertility history, as well as conduct physical examinations and several supporting examinations.
For women, supporting tests that are usually recommended include examination of hormone levels in the blood and ovarium conditions (ovaries). The doctor may also do an ultrasound or x -ray to see whether there are blockages or disorders of the ovary. As for men, the examination is carried out by testing the quality of sperm.
In addition, examination of infectious diseases, such as HIV, will also be done to make sure you and your partner are in good health and ready to undergo IVF procedures.
3. Consumption of balanced nutritious foods
Before and during the IVF procedure, you and your partner are advised to eat balanced nutritious foods. Here are some foods that are recommended for consumption:
- Vegetables and colorful fruit
- Whole wheat
- Low fat milk
- Oils containing healthy fats, such as olive oil
- Lean protein, such as fish and chicken breast
- Foods that are rich in iron
In addition, you and your partner are also advised to reduce or limit the consumption of red meat, trans fats, processed foods, sugar, salt, coffee and tea, and alcoholic drinks.
4. Exercise regularly
Routine exercise can improve blood circulation and reduce stress, so that it can support the physical and mental health of you and your partner. In fact, research shows that routine exercise before undergoing IVF procedures can increase the chances of pregnancy.
During the IVF procedure, you and your partner can do light exercise, such as jogging, swimming, yoga, or walking.
5. Avoid harmful chemicals
Some of the items or products that you use daily can be made from endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) chemicals. EDC is known to be able to interfere with hormone performance, the health of the reproductive organs, and fetal development.
Some chemicals that can affect the success of IVF procedures include:
- Formaldehyde, can be found on nail polish
- Paraben, triclosan, and benzophenone, can be found in cosmetics, moisturizers, and soap
- Phthalates, can be found in plastic, cosmetics, and medication layers
- BPA, can be found in food packaging ingredients
Therefore, it is recommended to check the ingredients of the product that you will buy to minimize the exposure of hazardous chemicals.
In addition to doing physical and mental preparation for yourself, you can also prepare a list of selection of safe and quality care products for your baby later.
It is important to know, newborn babies have skin and fat layers that are much thinner than adults. This makes the baby lose heat faster and body fluids.
You can apply telon oil and provide a light massage to your child so that the skin remains moist and warm. Telon oil contains anis oil, eucalyptus oil, and coconut oil which is useful for maintaining the health of the baby's body. In addition, massaging babies can also help physical and emotional development.
After various preparations before following the IVF procedure is filled with you and your partner, it's time to follow a series of IVF processes.
However, keep in mind that the success of the IVF procedure can be different in each partner. If the IVF program that you do has not produced results, consult again with your doctor to find out the cause.