5 Commonly Asked Questions About IVF

In today’s episode of The Fertility Show, I’m answering the top five questions we get asked about IVF. As always, you’ll find your cheat sheet below.

  1. Is IVF an Emotional Rollercoaster?

Certainly it can be (although not always), but if you are prepared from the outset, you can help manage your emotions. Some women feel tired and emotionally fragile during treatment so building in time for yourself, to sleep well and nourish yourself you can enhance your energy. Mindfulness, hypnotherapy and meditation apps can also help with worry.

2. Are IVF injections painful?

Some are more painful than others, but during treatment, we show all women how to use and administer drugs correctly. There is also always someone to ask and offer you support and extra guidance.

3. Can you exercise during IVF?

We recommend gentle exercise when going through IVF – if you’re doing lots of exercise it will be diverting the blood away from the pelvic area.

4. Can eggs be improved before the IVF process?

Yes. The environment in which eggs grow in is affected by lifestyle, so improving your diet, cutting out alcohol, taking a multivitamin and mineral that contain folate and Omega 3 taking and eating well can all help improve egg quality.

5. How long does an IVF cycle last?

Generally, the same length of time that a woman’s natural cycle lasts, is two quite intensive weeks and then the dreaded ‘two week wait’ in which you are waiting to find out of if you are pregnant or not. It’s really important to try to manage your time through a cycle to be sure you’re not in a hurry at the same time as going for tests and scans, and have space to manage the two week wait.  

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Dr George Nduwke on: What to do when IVF fails

Today in The Fertility Show, we are hearing directly from our wonderful medical director Dr George Nduwke about what to do when IVF fails.

Last year, Dr Ndukwe saw a couple who had had nine failed IVF cycles at another clinic and when they asked if there was anything they could do differently, the clinic told them there wasn’t.

They then came to the Zita West Clinic where, under the care of Dr Nduwke, an issue was found that was believed to be the reason that their embryos were not implanting. Since having treatment at the Zita West clinic, the couple have had a baby and are now expecting their second.

As Dr Nduwke says, if IVF is failing you must try and find out why and take appropriate action. You must look at what happened before and see if there are any lessons you can learn from. Preparation for IVF is also crucial in order to optimize the egg and sperm quality.

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What Couples Want From A Fertility Consultation

In today’s episode of The Fertility Show, Dr Simone Rofena, our consultant in Reproductive Medicine is discussing what couples want from a consultation at a fertility clinic.

The number one thing couples’ want is answers and for their situation to be considered as thoroughly as possible.  Take a look at Dr Rofena talking about couples’ needs and how we meet them –  and as always, you’ll find your cheatsheet below.

  • When people are looking for answers, a holistic approach, which includes looking at the natural side alongside the latest medical techniques, makes the difference. It means no stone is left unturned and couples increase their chances of success by doing things including having acupuncture, looking at their diet and reducing stress.
  • A 90- minute consultation is the normal length for an initial consultation during. We want to be sure we have enough time to answer your questions and review any previous test results, as well as plan next steps.
  • It goes without saying that every situation is different and therefore everything is highly personalised when coming up with a tailored plan of action for everyone we see.

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What’s The Difference Between Natural And Mild IVF?

At the Zita West clinic, we’re often asked about ‘natural’ and ‘mild’ IVF. So we asked our senior medical consultant, Dr Simone Rofena to explain what they both are and who is suitable for these different forms of treatments.  

As always, here’s your cheat sheet with a simple explanation of both procedures…

Natural IVF 

Natural IVF requires no drugs at all and is particularly suitable for women who have proven not to be responding to the conventional drugs that you use in IVF. If that is the case for you, in some cases we can still retrieve one or more eggs by simply naturally monitoring your cycle and performing an egg collection when the natural ovulation occurs.

Mild IVF 

Mild IVF requires the use of a minimal dosage of stimulation and is particularly suitable for patients who have a reduced ovarian reserve but are still able to produce a relatively good number of eggs. In these instances, mild IVF can be more helpful than a totally natural approach because through the use of a low dose of medication we are able to retrieve a good number of eggs.

Alongside both these procedures, we recommend a holistic approach which we believe is really able to make a difference to your success. Through nutrition and lifestyle assessments and some complementary therapies we have been able to improve the egg quality of our patient in the past.

Suitability for natural and mild IVF is not for everyone and all decisions on which protocol is the right one are taken on an individual basis.

If you wish to book an appointment with Dr Simone Rofena to discuss your IVF options, call us on 0207 224 0017 or email us at clinics@zitawest.com

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5 Tips For Coping With The Two Week Wait

The two-week wait is the worst time for any woman who’s just gone through the IVF process.

The last few months have been complete with blood tests, scans, daily visits to the clinic, and much, much, more. And then, suddenly, you’ve had your transfer and you’re on your own. Waiting and hoping for a positive pregnancy test.

What do you do?

It’s really difficult, and something that every woman going through IVF will experience. Here are my five key tips for coping with the two week wait.

As always, here’s your cheat sheet.

 

Rest: It’s common sense to me that when you’ve been through so much to go home and just put your feet up. Lie on the bed, and do whatever you can to rest. Obviously, if you have to go back to work, that’s something you have to do. But remember, the whole process of IVF and the anticipation of what’s going to happen is a lot to manage, so it makes sense to put your feet up and relax.

Gentle Exercise: The second tip is gentle exercise, like walking. No bootcamps, no aerobics, nothing too strenuous. Take it very easy!

Say no to coffee and alcohol: You should be doing this anyway, but cut out coffee and alcohol. Instead, drink plenty of water, at least 2 litres a day.

Deal with anxiety: It’s easy to question and doubt if you may or may not be pregnant, especially in the first couple of weeks. Try setting aside 20 minutes a day for relaxation, which can help calm your nerves. We supply you with downloads that are really helpful to listen to during the two-week wait.

Stop doubting yourself: So many women I see are convinced it’s not working and then give up all of the above! Even if you think it’s not working, don’t stop any of the above! Carry on exactly as you’re supposed to under the guidance of your clinic and only make decisions based on what they say to you.

Generally, many of you will have gone back to work during the two week wait and you need to plan ahead. I really recommend you try and plan your diary ahead of time to make sure it’s not going to be a stressful week, with loads of travel and meetings. If you can, try and take it easier than you normally would.

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5 Tips For Surviving The Festive Season When You’re Trying To Conceive

With the annual Christmas festivities just around the corner, this week on my blog I want to talk about coping with Christmas when you’re trying, but struggling to conceive.

Many couples dread this time of year and even dealing with family and friends can be tough particularly if they have children around. Here are my 5 top suggestions to gracefully survive this festive season when you’re having difficulties conceiving

1.Be prepared – In the coming weeks, you may have to deal with unwanted questions from family members, or have to cope with insensitive comments. To avoid an uncomfortable situation, rehearse a few lines you can say if someone enquires about this sensitive topic. Take control of the situation, be friendly and then change the subject.

2.Eat well – Although the Christmas and New Year period is the time of year to indulge, you must remember that nutrition plays such an important role when it comes to fertility. You should eat a whole range of foods such as green leafy vegetables, eggs, nuts, good fats, yoghurt and beta carotene rich foods such as tomatoes, carrots and red peppers. Of course it’s ok to indulge a little, but it’s really important to also consume nutritious, nutrient-dense food prior to getting pregnant, because you need to be creating healthy eggs and healthy sperm.

3. Reduce alcohol – The fact of the matter is that research shows us that on average, the more alcohol you drink, the longer it will take you to get pregnant. For women alcohol may contribute to irregular periods, irregular ovulation and luteal phase defects, reducing chances of conception and for men, alcohol can affect sperm morphology and motility, and cause free-radical damage to the DNA sperm carries. Although it’s hard this time of year, I recommend you cut out or at least cut down on alcohol to boost your chances to conceive.

4. Have more sex –  The truth is many couples do not have sex frequently enough, and when you’re trying to conceive, sex is obviously key. Although sex tends to become more stressful than enjoyable for many couples who are trying to conceive, it is absolutely essential that you are having sex at least three times weekly during your fertile period because sperm can live up to a week inside you so regular sex helps you ensure a constant flow of sperm for ovulation.

5. Make a plan – Begin to make an action plan around having a baby for the new year. This can help you take back control over things you feel you have no control over.  Is your body baby ready? Are you having enough sex? Do you need to make a step to discuss IVF options? I have seen how despair is easier to feel than hope but have also seen so often hope return once women and couples begin to take back control through planning.

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