What is IVF treatment?
The term IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization. This is a process whereby an egg is fertilized with sperm outside the body. It happens in a petri dish inside an IVF laboratory and this is the reason why it is known as “In vitro”. In this process the doctors stimulate and monitor the ovulatory process of a woman. They aspirate an ovum or a few ova (ova means eggs) from the ovaries of the woman. The fertilized egg is known as zygote. A fully grown embryo is transferred usually at blastocyst stage to the uterus of a woman. If transferred to the female partner/wife it is known as IVF and if the embryo is transferred to the Surrogate it is known as Surrogacy.
Why is IVF treatment used?
IVF can be defined as a process whereby you help a woman become pregnant. It is used rather commonly to treat different cases of infertility. This includes cases where the woman is of an advanced age, which is an advanced age to become a mother. At times, women may also need such treatment because their Fallopian tubes are either blocked or damaged. This could have happened because of an inflammatory disease that happens in the pelvic area. It could also happen because of a reproductive surgery that has been performed earlier on the woman in question.
The diet plan for IVF
There are certain types of food that you should eat when you are undergoing IVF treatment.Those food groups may be enumerated as below:
- Food rich in zinc
- Food rich in folic acid
- Food rich in iron
- Food rich in healthy fats
- Food rich in protein
- Food that hydrates your body
Some examples of such food may be mentioned as below:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Complex carbs
- Colorful fruits and vegetables
Precautions to be followed in this case
When you are going to get IVF treatment there are a few things that you must keep in mind.They may be enumerated as below:
- Requesting the most experienced doctor
- Doing a dummy run
- Avoid having a hydrosalpinx
- Keep testing
- Consider transferring two embryos if you are older than 40 years
- Try being in a cheerful mood
- Try and be healthy by yourself–take ownership
Your clinic would tell you that your embryo transfer is but only a simple routine.However,here you are the patient and you happen to be paying as well. This is why you are well within your rights to ask for the most experienced doctor in the clinic for such critical work. Make sure that this is indeed the case. If you are lucky enough you would be able to get it done by the doctor who has cared for you till date. Just like any and everything else in the world experience matters here as well.
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