IVF on its own takes place relatively swiftly. Egg collection and embryo transfer are not procedures which necessitate a great deal of time in a clinic. However, what many women forget is that IVF requires essentially the same preparation as natural conception. Your body is going to be the incubator of your child – and solid preparation for this role is key. You’ve made the first good choice by electing to undergo your IVF treatment in North Cyprus, now it’s time to turn your attention to what else you can do to maximise your chances of a successful IVF procedure.
Before you go
One of the easiest things to focus on as your treatment approaches is your diet. Study after study has shown that women who adjust their diet to include certain foods and eliminate others are far more likely to conceive. This is one area where travelling to the Dogus clinic in Cyprus for your IVF treatment has a distinct advantage. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and following a traditional Mediterranean diet increases the chances of successful conception in and of itself, simply by virtue of the foodstuffs it contains. For example, foods such as sunflower and olive oil and cashew, almond and pistachio nuts, plus seeds, are shown to proactively help conception. Whereas the more British diet of butter, red meat, crisps and biscuits leads to lower overall fertility. Foods to concentrate on consuming are oily fish, salmon, sardines, tuna, healthy omega 3 fatty acids and fresh fruit and vegetables. Things such as processed foods with their high levels of salt should be reduced or cut out altogether. Along the same lines, excessive coffee consumption has also been shown to affect your chances of IVF success, so therefore consider switching to alternative drinks such as herbal or fruit teas. Avoiding alcohol entirely is the best option, however if you prefer not to then make sure that you stick to five units or less per week. Research has shown that those who have lower alcohol consumption are twice as likely to conceive in six months as those who drink ten units or more. Also bear in mind that being over- or under- weight will significantly affect your fertility. Regular exercise is key – but don’t overdo it.
And do make sure that you do your research thoroughly; about the IVF procedures in Cyprus themselves and sequence of events. This is vital in ensuring that all last-minute stress is avoided. You can cope with anything as long as you are prepared. And of course Team Miracle of Dr. Firdevs at the Dogus IVF Centre will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions that you may have.
While you are in North Cyprus
Your IVF treatment while you are in Cyprus will depend on what procedure(s) you have selected. At Dogus IVF there are a range to choose from, starting with straightforward in-vitro fertilisation, egg donation right through to gender selection and abnormality exclusion. The important things to remember are that any nerves can be put to one side, Dr. Firdevs has carried out these procedures many, many times before and that you have made this choice for a reason and it will be the best decision for you.
Nerves before your stay are to be anticipated, but your patient co-ordinators Umit and Julie will be on hand the whole time to look after you and answer any queries or concerns that you may have. They are the ones who have seen this through a lot of times – and therefore, they remain the experts!
It’s important to make sure that you are both comfortable and familiar with the details of your IVF procedure(s). Make a list of anything that you are unsure of and in the first instance ask your patient co-ordinator as they will always be able to help.
Continue to practice the routines that you will have been following at home in order to keep your body as well-rested and healthy as possible in preparation for the pregnancy.
After the IVF treatment in Cyprus
In 2011 there was an American study which split of a group of post-treatment IVF patients into two groups. The first group watched a clown perform magic tricks for fifteen minutes after undergoing IVF and the second group did not. The results showed that the first group were almost three times more likely to become pregnant than the control group. And whilst this advice doesn’t need to be followed literally (!), it’s a great marker for how you should be thinking.
Many studies have shown the huge benefits of positive thinking and laughter; not just within the IVF process, but generally. If you look at the exact details of what happens when you laugh, you can see how it benefits IVF patients.
Laughter does not just lighten the load mentally, it also actually stimulates physical changes in the body. These include:
- Activating and then relieving your stress response. Laughing will arouse the stress response and then bring it down again, which leaves you feeling nice and relaxed.
- It stimulates the organs. When you laugh you take in more oxygen-rich air which in turn stimulates the heart and lungs and also your brain into producing endorphins.
- It soothes tension and anxiety by challenging any negative feelings or fears and replacing them with positive ones. Laughter can aid relaxation and stimulate your circulation, both of which are shown to relieve the physical symptoms of stress.
There’s a lot that you can do as you approach your IVF treatment at the Dogus IVF Centre and much of it is straightforward. Stay relaxed, gather your thoughts, rely on Team Miracle of Dr. Firdevs to address any concerns and concentrate on preparing your body for pregnancy.
In 2011 an American study showed that women who watched a clown performing magic tricks for fifteen minutes after undergoing IVF treatment were almost three times more likely to become pregnant than the control group. So find what works for you and commit to doing it daily. And don’t forget – you’ll be able to take advantage of the sunny weather, relaxed atmosphere and picturesque scenery of northern Cyprus.