Factors That Might Affect Your IVF Success Rate, Explains Doctor

Doctor explains about the factors that might affect the success rate of an IVF treatment and some measures that one might take for better results.  

Written by: Charu Sharma Updated at: 2022-03-03 13:54

Fertility has been one of the most discussed topics. Where childbirth is considered to be nature's best gift, some people might find it difficult to conceive and get pregnant due to various underlying issues. Process of IVF or in vitro fertilization is something that has proven to be very helpful in cases of severe male infertility or blockages in a woman’s fallopian tubes. IVF is a technique that takes place by fertilizing the egg outside a woman’s body and then putting it inside her uterus to develop. Where many people in the present day world are turning towards IVF treatment due to its effective results, there are various factors that might affect the rate of success of this treatment.

If you are someone who is opting for an IVF treatment, this one is a must read. Dr. Bhavna Banga, associate Director, Head-IVF, Max Multispeciality Hospital, Noida, explains about the factors that might affect the success rate of an IVF treatment and some measures that one might take for better results. 

#1. Consult an IVF Expert

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If the age of the woman is above 35 years and the couple is trying for over a time period of 6 months and are not able to get pregnant, they must visit a fertility specialist as soon as possible. In these cases what people do not tend to understand is that the age of a woman is a paramount important to optimize the reproductive outcome. A man’s age is not determinant of his fertility as human reproduction of spermaticulatis or sperm production is lifelong for the man. In case of women they are born with a fixed number of eggs due to which by the time they reach the age of 35 years their reproductive potential is crossed more than 60%. In such cases one must reach out early for fertility treatment and consult an IVF specialist

#2. Fertility assessment is important

Optimizing your reproductive health is a very important thing that plays a crucial role when it comes to increasing the success rate of an in vitro fertilization treatment. In case you are planning to delay the pregnancy then you should go for a fertility assessment wellness program. These programs include various fertility assessment tests such as ultrasound, laparoscopy and hysterosalpingogram in women, semen analyses to check sperm movement and quality in men, and blood tests to take the hormonal changes into consideration. After undergoing all these tests a couple is guided by an expert if they should take the chances of delaying their pregnancy or not.

#3 Lead an Active Lifestyle

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If you are someone who spends most of the time of your day sitting behind a computer screen then you must know that these inactive lifestyle habits can have a lot of impact on your pregnancy. Leading an inactive and sedentary lifestyle is said to reduce the success rate of an in vitro fertilization treatment and can lead to various other health conditions as well. Lack of physical activity leads to increased weight and issues like obesity. As excessive weight gain and obesity brings along some or the other changes in your hormonal levels, it might also cause fertility issues such as diabetes, hipertension, sleep apnea and heart related issues.  

#4. Healthy Diet

What you eat in a day impacts your overall health and wellness where fertility is no exception. In order to increase the success rate of an IVF treatment, both the partners must indulge themselves into healthy eating habits and follow a good diet. One must avoid the consumption of processed food with an excess of sugar and salt content in it. One must also steer clear from excessively oily or junk food as it tends to upset the digestive system of a person that then affects the  overall wellness. Consumption of home cooked nutritious food as a balanced diet should be followed by both the partners for IVF success.

Dr. Bhavna Banga suggests that -One must consume fertility boosting food items such as almonds , raisins, broccoli, fresh juices and green leafy vegetables. 

#5. Avoid Alcohol And Smoking

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Smoking and consuming alcohol are considered to be two of the bad lifestyle habits as they tend to affect your health negatively in the long run. A regular consumption of these substances can lead to some severe conditions such as cancer, heart diseases, stroke, high blood pressure, weakened bones, lower immunity, chronic bronchitis, etc. Along With all these severe conditions, one must know that these habits can also impact a person’s fertility and reproductive health very negatively. In case of an IVF treatment, it is always advised that both the partners should steer clear from these substances as it might lead to reduced fertilization rates and have negative impacts on a person’s overall health.

With inputs from Dr. Bhavna Banga, associate Director, Head-IVF, Max Multispeciality Hospital, Noida


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