Free Webinar: Setting yourself up for IVF success in 2024

Join Fertility Nutritionist Isabelle Obert for a free webinar on Thursday 25th January at 8pm (GMT) covering everything you need to optimise your chances of IVF success.


Free Webinar: Setting yourself up for IVF success in 2024

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Fertility nutritionist Isabelle Obert hosted a free webinar focused on setting yourself up for IVF success.

Learn from Isabelle's 20 years of experience helping people prepare for IVF through nutrition.

This webinar will cover:

  • Foundations of Fertility Nutrition
  • Key Nutrients for Reproductive Health
  • Egg and Sperm Health
  • Supplements for IVF Preparation
  • Mindset Matters
  • Embryo Transfer Preparation

This webinar is in progress. Please sign up to our mailing list for a link to the video.

Additional Resources


What is IUI?


IUI, or intrauterine insemination, is a fertility treatment that involves placing washed and concentrated sperm directly into a woman's uterus around the time of ovulation. 

What is FET?


FET, or frozen embryo transfer, is a type of IVF treatment that involves thawing and transferring frozen embryos into a woman's uterus. 

What is IVF?


IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a fertility treatment that involves fertilizing an egg with sperm outside of the woman's body and then transferring the resulting embryo(s) into the woman's uterus. 

IUI vs IVF which is best?


The choice between IUI and IVF depends on individual circumstances, as both treatments have their advantages and disadvantages. IUI is a less invasive and less expensive option compared to IVF, and is often recommended as a first-line treatment for couples with unexplained infertility or mild male factor infertility. However, the success rate of IUI is lower compared to IVF, especially for couples with more severe infertility issues.


IVF, on the other hand, is a more complex and expensive treatment that involves stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, retrieving the eggs, fertilizing them with sperm in a laboratory dish, and transferring the resulting embryo(s) into the uterus. IVF is often recommended for couples with more severe infertility issues or for women with blocked fallopian tubes or low ovarian reserve. 

Ultimately, the choice between IUI and IVF should be based on individual circumstances and the recommendations of a fertility specialist. 

How long does IVF take?


IVF involves an initial consultation, starting treatment and embryo transfer. This timeline will vary between individuals and not everyone’s IVF journey will look
the same. Before you go through IVF you will have various appointments with doctors which can include tests and investigations, the time these tests and investigations take will vary between individuals. IVF treatment involves suppressing natural hormone production, hormone treatment to boost egg quality, egg collection, mixing the eggs and sperm for fertilisation and finally, embryo transfer. 


Generally one cycle of IVF will take between four and six weeks. It is important to discuss timelines with your GP or healthcare professional so you have a realistic timeframe.


Can IVF cause menopause?


There is no evidence currently that IVF can cause menopause however, the hormones used during IVF can cause symptoms similar to those experienced in perimenopause and menopause. 


Can you do IVF when you're breastfeeding?


Whilst you are able to breastfeed during IVF, you will generally increase your chances of pregnancy if you stop breastfeeding prior to IVF.


What BMI do you need for IVF?


Guidelines for IVF suggest that the success rate is higher if your BMI is between 19 and 30. If your BMI is over 30 you may wish to focus on weight management before you start IVF to increase your chances. Remember that BMI is only one metric for fertility – fertility is whole body event so is important to look at diet, exercise, mindset and supplements to increase your chances. 


Can you exercise during IVF stimulation?


During IVF treatment you will be on many different protocols and it can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. We generally advise avoiding high intensity exercise as you want to grow as many eggs as you can. High intensity exercise will divert energy away from the ovaries where they need the blood for
oxygen, nutrients and antioxidants to grow as many eggs as possible.   


You can also feel sore during IVF so you may feel more comfortable doing light exercise and gentle movements.  


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