Re-inventing IVF Preparation!

Is Pre-IVF Healthcare necessary?
It is not just the quantity of eggs but the quality of eggs and sperm that should be focused on during Artificial Reproductive Technique (ART) cycles such as ICSI and IVF.
Research indicates that sperm and egg quality before fertilisation, and embryo quality before the transfer to the uterus are of great importance in IVF success.
The balance of bacteria in the reproductive (vaginal) tract at time of transfer is also important and may be particularly important for IVF cycles.
Furthermore, poor ovarian response and sub-optimal egg and embryo quality may, in part, be due to what is called oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is increased cellular damage triggered by free radicals (toxins), and it is a known mediator of male infertility as it can lead to sperm dysfunction.
Research indicates that the concentrations of some antioxidant compounds (found in foods) are in fact found in the follicular fluid that bathes the female egg are related to egg and embryo quality.
For example: the development of the egg and human embryo may be affected by the concentration of vitamin E in follicular fluid and serum, and vitamin E & C supplementation may improve blastocyst development rate. (NOTE: Supplementing with vitamins E&C is not safe for some people. Please seek professional advice before supplementing).
A variety of research highlights that preconception interventions in infertile couples can increase the chance of pregnancy and lower its complications and that it may be an “important factor to…enhance their (the client’s) health level before beginning the treatment, (to) ultimately, promote pregnancy outcome.”
The combined evidence of research shows that conditions such as subfertility, unexplained infertility and miscarriage are often preventable, and that Pre-IVF healthcare is generally warranted.
Is Pre-IVF Healthcare necessary for both partners?
All things being equal a healthy body is a fertile body, therefore both prospective parents should aim to be as pre-conceptually healthy as they can prior to conception attempts either naturally or via IVF.
Causes of infertility can often be resolved by a robust functional medicine approach to reproductive health, combined with equally robust nutrition and lifestyle interventions.
In these instances, a healthy natural conception can occur or IVF success can be achieved.
Also, pre-conception care works towards optimising health beyond conception and into pregnancy with the aim of optimising baby’s health too.
What is the Pre-IVF approach taken by Fertility Health Clinic (FHC)?
The Pre-IVF approach taken by FHC focuses on 4 key areas:
  1. Egg Quality
  2. Sperm Quality
  3. Vaginal Tract Health
  4. Uterine Receptivity
Client programmes can be either:
· Long Protocol (you have more than 3 months to IVF): Two-part programme
Part 1: Personalised three-month IVF-preparation programme
Part 2: IVF-Calendar Programme which runs in line with your medical IVF plan.
· Short Protocol (you have less than 3 months to IVF): One or two-part programme (depending on IVF timeline)
Part 1: Personalised IVF-Preparation Programme (not applicable to all clients)
Part 2: IVF-Calendar Programme which runs in line with your medical IVF plan.
· Pre-IVF Guidelines & Calendar – non Personalised.
IVF-Preparation guidelines with IVF-Calendar Programme which runs in line with general medical IVF plan.
I wish you every success on your fertility journey.

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