How Can You Prepare Yourself For IVF Treatment?
Infertility has many causes; it can be a result of several contributing factors often occurring in a couple simultaneously. Awareness is the key to overcome infertility and while a couple may not be imminently looking to start a family, it is prudent to know the factors that affect one’s fertility and correct them. Here are some of the things that you need to be aware of before starting a family:
Know when to seek help:
Couples should know when to seek reproductive medical advice. For a young couple they could wait for a year of trying before seeking medical advice but if the wife is over the age of 35 and has not conceived within 6 months she should go to a fertility doctor immediately. Do your homework and seek a doctor based on their credentials.
Avoid environmental toxins:
During the last 50 years, there is a trend of deteriorating sperm quality due to contamination of water. This could be due to higher levels of pesticides, chemicals and hormones used in dairy, poultry and livestock farming. Similarly, ongoing exposure to radiation from laptop and cellphone usage is associated with poor sperm quality. Toxin chemicals from burning of industrial wastes, plastics and exhaust fumes enter the water table and are now being found to affect egg production and quality in women, thereby risking their fertility levels.
Make healthy food choices:
What we eat has an influence on acidic and alkaline levels of our body. While the human body is able to tolerate fluctuations in pH levels, a major drop in these levels can have a major impact in reproductive process. This is because sperms prefer an alkaline environment, as opposed to an acidic environment; in other words, higher pH levels are more ideal for sperm.
Adopt a fitness regime:
A fitness regime is very important to balance out the calories. Walk/cycle to work if possible especially during the cooler months of the year. Take the stairs and time yourself. When the weather is good, go for a jog on the beach. The fresh air and cardio will do wonders to your mind and body. Try not to take the car everywhere – see if you can walk to the grocery store down the block. Aim to get 3-4 hours a week of intense workouts as the habit will not only keep diseases like diabetes and heart diseases at bay but will also boost the wellness of your reproductive organs, thereby increasing your fertility.
Written by: Dr. Pankaj Shrivastav, Director of Conceive Gynecology & Fertility Hospital, Sharjah www.conceiveivf.com