WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO CONSIDER DURING IN VITRO FERTILIZATION TREATMENT?

EXPERTS HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING A NORMAL LIFE STYLE DURING IN VITRO FERTILIZATION TREATMENT.

Becoming parents is the biggest dream of many couples. As the most widely used option among the medical methods, in vitro fertilization changes many lives when conception is not possible through natural ways. Before you embrace your little angel, we have searched the things to consider.

IS IT DIFFERENT FROM NORMAL PREGNANCY?
According to experts, couples should consider IVF when women have not conceived after one year of regular unprotected intercourse. Dr. Hakan Özörnek from Eurofertil Test Tube Baby Center emphasizes that the biggest requirement for a successful pregnancy period following an IVF treatment is to keep a normal life style for the mother-to-be. Özörnek says, “It is harder for women to become pregnant when they rest too much during the treatment.”

Only difference is the conception process
Özörnek continues, “The only difference between the couples who were successful at pregnancy through natural ways and IVF method is the process of conception. IVF treatment consists of ovarian hyperstimulation, development of the desired number of eggs, combining egg and sperm, and transferring the embryo to the uterus.”

Many drugs are used
“To hyperstimulate the ovaries during the treatment many drugs are used. These drugs used and the steps followed are only to combine egg and sperm. Following this phase, the embryos are transferred to the mother’s uterus.”

Dr. Özörnek expresses that the procedure is minor and doesn’t require an overnight hospital stay.

IS RESTING A REQUIRMENT DURING THE FIRST DAYS?
One of the most frequently asked questions about the IVF treatment is how long the expectant mother needs to rest following the procedure. Dr. Özörnek answers this question, “Expectant mothers worry about moving around because they are concerned that the embryo is going to ‘fall back’. However, scientific research shows that bed rest doesn’t have any benefits. Moreover, the researches that observe over 24 hours bed rest following the procedure show that it might decrease the pregnancy rate.”

What about exercise after the transfer?
About exercise being a factor that affects the pregnancy rate, he says, “The observational studies done supports the thought of ‘heavy physical activity might affect the pregnancy rate’. Daily walks for 30 minutes, and swimming with low pace wouldn’t affect the treatment negatively.”

Is it necessary to take any sick days off from work?
Many expectant mothers consider taking sick days off from work during the 12 days that pass between the embryo transfer and the pregnancy test. However, according to Özörnek, it is not necessary. He says, “Women should go back to work and get as much support as they can from their friends and family. It is more beneficial for them than to stay home alone. However, if they have a stressful working environment, staying home during that time would be wise.”