How To Get Pregnant With IVF

Most couples try the assisted route after trying for over a year or more naturally. Some couples who have medical conditions or in same sex marriages will opt for this route first. There is a set route of fertility treatment in western medicine that doesn’t change much from clinic to clinic. It starts off with trying for over a year before you can see your doctor. Once an appointment is achieved, the doctor will test a woman’s basic hormone levels, whilst the man will have his sperm analyzed. Western medicine is great for tests, but won’t test for everything.

Getting your hormones checked

You expect when you visit your doctor for them to test everything they can in order to whittle the possible causes down to a few options. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Most often they will perform a small selection of tests hoping to find something. If they don’t find anything, then they tend to either say “keep on trying” or suggest taking clomid. If this fails after several cycles of trying, IUI might be recommended, although seldom is. Most couples are advised to try IVF. If a woman has low AMH levels, which are seldom checked initially, then a donor cycle will be recommended.

Preparing for IVF

If you are thinking of going down the assisted route, you should look to prep your body for at least 3 months beforehand. Research has shown that a combination of acupuncture and herbs taken for 3 months prior to starting an in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycle significantly increases the pregnancy rate.

If you cannot get access to Chinese herbs and only acupuncture, research has shown you should have at least 9 sessions of acupuncture before the embryo transfer. Improving your diet and lifestyle will greatly contribute to your success.

Contents page

Here's what's inside the How to Get Pregnant with IVF book

Introduction
Your fertility journey
The causes of infertility
How this book can help you
How to use this book
About the author
Choosing a practitioner
Getting the best from both medicines

Fertility Dictionary

Chapter One – The Fundamentals

Your menstrual cycle
When to have sex
Getting tested
Understanding your hormones
Understanding the components of fertility
Chinese medicine’s view of fertility
Free radicals and fertility
Understanding your immune system
Understanding how body systems interact

Chapter Two – Understanding Your Diagnosis

Irregular menstrual cycle
Amenorrhea
Oligomenorrhea
Dysmenorrhea
Menorrhagia
Scanty periods
Long periods
Intermenstrual bleeding
Unexplained infertility
Anovulation
Fibroids, cysts and polyps
Fibroids
Cysts
Polyps
Blocked fallopian tube
PCOS
Endometriosis
Adenomyosis
FSH disorders
LH disorders
Estrogen disorders
Testosterone disorders
Thyroid disorders
Thin endometrial (uterus/womb) lining
High prolactin levels
Low AMH levels
Low Progesterone levels
Reproductive autoimmune failure syndrome
Empty follicle syndrome
Premature ovarian insufficiency
Recurrent spontaneous miscarriage
Ectopic pregnancies
Repeated IVF failures
Recurrent implantation failure
Male infertility

Chapter Three – Finding Your Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

What type am I and how do I fix it?
Qi deficiency
Blood deficiency
Qi stagnation
Liver qi stagnation
Blood stasis
Yin deficiency
Yang deficiency
Jing deficiency
Dampness
Phlegm
Excessive Yang (heat)
Excessive Yin (cold)

Chapter Four – Getting Yourself Ready

Improving your menstrual cycle
Prepping your body, mind and emotions
Controlling weight
Smoking
Painkillers
Optimizing your life
Reducing stress, building up your strength and having fun!
Reducing your exposure to chemicals
Reducing your exposure to air pollution
Reducing your exposure to heavy metals
Reducing your exposure to electromagnetic waves
Reducing estrogen in your life
Reducing your exposure to medications
Harmonizing mind, body and spirit
Fertility checklist

Chapter Five – Dietary Advice

Dietary advice
Foods that affect estrogen levels
Foods that affect progesterone levels
Foods that affect testosterone levels
Supplements
Foods for a lack of qi (energy)
Foods for a lack of blood
Foods for a lack of yin
Foods for a lack of yang
Foods for a lack of jing (essence)
Foods for excessive heat (yang)
Foods for excessive cold (yin)
Foods for dampness
Male and female diet plans
The IVF diet plan

Chapter Six – Fertility Routes

The natural route
Acupuncture all the way!
What about herbs?
The assisted route – clomid, IUI, IVF, ICSI, donor
Improving implantation
Hyperstimulation
Explaining fertility drugs
Advanced IVF procedures
Which IVF clinic?
Knowing when to try another route
Surrogacy
Counseling and CBT