Getting the Best from IVF: Why IVF by Itself Is Only Part of the Answer
There is so much hope today for women or couples who face the challenges of infertility. IVF treatment provides so many benefits and opportunities for the best chance of conception.
The advances of IVF treatment provide the following benefits for those trying to conceive:
- High percentage of success compared to other treatments such as certain fertility medications and intrauterine insemination
- Reduced chance of miscarriage due to advanced embryo screening that rules out genetic abnormalities that would normally cause miscarriage
- Preimplantation diagnosis increases your chance of having a healthy baby
- More control of timing of conception and pregnancy-because of the ability to cryopreserve eggs for future use, couples/women can plan their pregnancies according to their unique life circumstances
Yes, IVF is an effective solution that has helped 1000s of women to achieve their cherished goal of motherhood.
But IVF is only part of the answer.
What do I mean by that?
Well, IVF does not work in a vacuum. And it doesn’t always work at all. The reason is that a woman’s body must be prepared to be in an optimal state for IVF to be effective.
The functional medical approach to fertility treatment views the reproductive system as part of the entire bodily system. It is a holistic way of treating people that does not isolate one organ of the body and focus on just treating that one organ.
Functional medicine takes into account the interplay of all the hormonal systems and attempts to get to the root of the imbalance that may be causing disease or in this case, infertility.
When I treat a patient who is having a challenge with successful conception, I first order a specialized battery of lab tests that check for overall health in each of the major bodily systems. This is very important and will provide the information needed to treat the imbalance and bring the person to an optimal state so she is ready for IVF treatment if necessary.
This method of preparing the woman’s body first before she attempts IVF treatment allows her to get the best from IVF. You can find out more about what I call the Fertility Success Habits (F.H.S) in my Conception Correction Blueprint, but here are a few crucial steps that you need to follow in order to optimize your chances for success with IVF–and maybe you won’t even need it!
First, you have to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be preventing you from getting pregnant.
There are some conditions that directly affect reproductive functioning such as Polycystic ovary syndrome, which can cause irregular menstrual cycles and an increase in male hormones. This condition affects about 5 to 10 percent of women and is one of the most common reasons women don’t ovulate.
Obesity and being severely underweight also negatively affect ovulation as does excessive exercise. A thyroid imbalance may also be contributing to your lack of ovulation.
No ovulation means ZERO chance of conception.
Now even if you are ovulating, there may be deficiencies in your body that negatively impact the health of your eggs. But there are ways to fix this.
As a functional medical doctor I help my patients with their infertility challenges by administering in depth lab testing to determine what is really going on in their bodies as a whole.
We check out hormone levels, nutrient levels and look for possible ways to support the patient’s health to optimize their chances for conception.
Sometimes we are able to identify hormone imbalances that require some supplementation. There may also be nutritional deficiencies we discover in the testing process.
Once we have a whole picture of the person’s health–deficiencies and environmental stressors/toxins, we can plan a strategy and prescribe proactive measures that will enhance the process of choosing the best method of fertility treatment for their unique situation.
This may include specific vitamin and mineral supplements that a prenatal vitamin does not sufficiently provide. It may also include identifying stress triggers that are seriously affecting your body’s ability to conceive.
Stress is not to be underestimated.
When we are stressed our body goes into a fight or flight response that results in the production of cortisol. This is good when we need to escape real immediate danger, but an overabundance of cortisol can impair thyroid functioning and prevent ovulation.
If you are living a lifestyle that puts you under tremendous physical and/or emotional stress, it is absolutely vital that you re-evaluate your priorities and find out how to make some changes.
The mind/body connection is real. When people say that thoughts can create reality, I see it as a physiological fact. If you are constantly worrying and stressing you are signaling you body to create excess hormones that will get in the way of achieving your goal of holding that precious bundle in your arms.
With the functional medical approach we assess the person holistically and this process naturally produces optimism in the patient because they feel like they are being treated as an individual with unique physical and emotional needs.
This allows you to relax and trust the process. You have a plan based on lab tests that are analyzed by an expert physician who is experienced in helping 100s of other women to successfully conceive.
IVF may not even be necessary…
So before you embark on expensive treatments such as IVF, you want to maximize your chances for a successful pregnancy by giving your body the support it needs.
Once your body is in the optimal state for producing quality eggs and you are ovulating regularly, you are ready to assess your options. If IVF is the right choice for you, I truly believe that by laying all this groundwork you will have the best chance for success the first time around.
For more information about how I can help you prepare yourself for your successful pregnancy download the Conception Correction Blueprint
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