The reason for infertility in a couple can roughly be split into three, equal, sections. Male fertility issues, female fertility issues and joint male and female fertility issues, so the male and female problems are quite evenly split. However male infertility is easier to diagnose and treat so it makes sense to carry out fertility tests on the male partner in the first instance.
A women is born with all of the eggs that she will have in her lifetime. Female fertility peaks in the early twenties and then declines after the age of 30 and then sharply after 35. Most modern women consider that mid to late thirties is still quite young, but the truth is that their fertility will already be decreasing. Those in their late thirties are likely to experience more difficulty in conceiving than those in their late twenties.
For men, they continue to produce sperm throughout their natural life so their fertility is usually less affected.
This is just a brief list as a guide to what you should and shouldn’t do after your embryo transfer:
- Stay relaxed and positive. This will help to encourage a relaxed atmosphere within your body, which in turn will create a relaxed atmosphere for your tiny embryo. Take care not to get stressed and get plenty of rest.
- Make sure you eat properly. Simple, easily digestible foods are best, so stick to fruit, vegetables and protein.
- Drink lots of water. You should be aiming to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
- Try and stay well rested. It’s normal to feel anxious during your two week wait so plan ahead for ways to help you get enough sleep. Relaxing music, oils and massage can all be a good idea.
- You should continue to take any medication that you have been prescribed by Dr. Firdevs or Dr. Sevket.
- Take regular light exercise. Gentle walks in the fresh air are invigorating and will help to get oxygen and blood flowing round your body.
- Try to stay relaxed and without exertion until at least 12 days post transfer.
- Do not smoke or use drugs or alcohol. Drink a lot of water and minimise your caffeine intake, i.e. restricted amounts of tea, coffee and fizzy drinks.
- In order to keep your core temperature stable, which is vital for the healthy development of the embryo, it’s important that you do not sunbathe or use spas, saunas, hot baths, go jogging or do aerobics.
- You should abstain from sexual intercourse for two weeks. You can resume relations again at any time after this.
- Don’t take any medication other than that which has been prescribed to you by Dr Firdevs.
- Avoid eating too much fish. The high mercury levels increase the chance of miscarriage.
There’s no evidence to suggest that there is a direct correlation between the two things. Many patients are willing to credit immune therapy with the successful treatment, but the truth is that there is no proven causal link between them. Lots of women become pregnant after failed cycles with no immune therapy.
A failed attempt at IVF is understandably very upsetting and frustrating for couples and it’s a perfectly normal reaction to look around for an explanation or somewhere to place the blame. Unfortunately there still isn’t a definitive answer as to why some IVF treatments fail and others succeed. There is little evidence to suggest that having immune system tests will help your chances of successful treatment. There is a lot that is not understood yet about immunity and IVF and the chances are that any immune system tests are largely pointless. In some areas doctors can be quite unscrupulous in suggesting that these tests are a good idea, whereas in reality they simply don’t understand the processes.
We don’t advise swimming straight after embryo transfer as it carries a higher risk of infection. However prior to your treatment, swimming is a great way to stay fit. If there’s anything that you’re not sure about then please check out our Do’s and Don’t’s section.
You will be able to watch the whole process taking place on the ultrasound screen as Dr Firdevs places the embryos in your uterus. It is an amazing thing to witness and many people find it a very moving experience.
Yes. In fact you must drink at least 1 litre of water beforehand and you should arrive at the hospital for your treatment with a full bladder. If the bladder is distended then it pushes the bowel aside and prevents any air from distorting the images of uterus and embryos.
It takes around 15 minutes.
If your egg collection is scheduled for the morning then you shouldn’t eat anything from midnight. You can drink a glass of water up until 6am though.
No. At the Cyprus IVF Clinic we prefer to use ‘conscious sedation’. This means that you will feel dopey and sleepy and you may sleep through some of the procedure. You will still be able to talk and respond where necessary. However the recovery time is a lot faster and there are fewer risks.
Yes, flying is permitted the day after the embryo transfer. Studies show that there are no risks associated with flying soon after treatment and the success of IVF.
There are two airports you can fly into, Larnaca in the south and Ercan in the north. Either airport is fine and we will provide free transfers from your airport to your hotel.
Spotting in the first cycle after starting the Pill is common. It can also happen if you miss a dose, or it’s taken late. If the bleeding is heavier than spotting then it may be ‘break-through bleeding’. If this is the case it can suggest that the hormone level you’ve been given is not sufficient and you may need a new prescription from Dr Firdevs.
For most people we recommend that they take an oral contraceptive to regulate their cycle. This means that treatment can be planned months in advance and their cycle synced with a donor if necessary. If there are personal reasons why you don’t want to take an oral contraceptive then the best thing to do is to wait until your period starts and then book your flights for ten days after that.
Yes, in Cyprus you can choose your sister, a relative or a friend for your treatment. In some other European countries you aren’t allowed to know the identity of the donor, but at the Cyprus IVF Clinic this rule doesn’t apply.