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In vitro fertilization, also known as IVF, involves multiple complex procedures designed to help couples or individuals successfully conceive and birth a child. During the process of IVF, the developed eggs are retrieved from a patient’s ovaries and carefully fertilized by an anonymous donor or a partner’s sperm. Afterwards, the embryo (or the fertilized egg/eggs) is delicately placed in the uterus. In vitro fertilization can be utilized to detect genetic conditions as well as assist with conception.

IVF has proven to be the most efficient method of assisted reproductive technology currently accessible to patients. To properly prepare for this life-changing procedure, consider the guidance below.

Understand the IVF Process

You and your partner may need to undergo standard medical testing before you begin an IVF cycle. You should also make sure you fully understand each step of the IVF process, which includes:

  • Ovarian stimulation
  • Egg retrieval
  • Embryo fertilization
  • Embryo transfer

Follow Recommended Diet

Prior to your IVF treatment, you will be advised not to drink alcohol or smoke. Many healthcare professionals also tell patients to refrain from eating foods containing copious amounts of mercury and drinking caffeine beverages in excess. Before starting IVF, focus on eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Be sure to tell your fertility doctor which vitamins you currently take as well.

Reduce Stress

For many patients, the IVF process can be very stressful. Many studies have shown that decreased levels of stress throughout the IVF cycle coincides with higher levels of success for conception. What’s more, there are many standard psychometric exams that explain how a relaxed feeling and mindset can actually help conception take place. Before starting IVF, try to reduce stress in as many areas of your life as possible. Plan out what it is you’re going to tackle each day and the amount of time it will take to do so. Be sure to set aside time to relax and spend time with loved ones in order to manage your stress levels prior to and during your treatment. Many fertility practices will provide services such as acupuncture and massage to help reduce stress.

Exercise Cautiously

Commencing the exciting, life-altering IVF process means that your body will undergo changes to help you conceive. In regards to exercise, always complete sets in moderation. We advise you to avoid routines that involve extreme cardio or impact prior to or during the IVF cycle.

Low-Cost IVF in New Jersey

At South Jersey Fertility Center, we offer personalized, cost-friendly care to our patients ready to begin the next chapter of their lives. Our IVF program has helped thousands of families start their journey to parenthood. We offer cutting edge technology at an affordable cost, with experienced financial counselors available to assist our IVF patients. Along with IVF, we offer a number of other services focused on fertility and reproductive health. We would love to answer any questions you may have about IVF, the cost, or the process itself. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

South Jersey Fertility Center
South Jersey Fertility Center
South Jersey Fertility Center is comprised of a leading team of fertility treatment experts with over three decades of experience in their field. Appointments can be made at its fertility locations or remotely via FertilityConnect.