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IVF (In vitro fertilisation) is one of the methods to help if you’re having issues with natural fertility.

During the IVF process, the female will have an egg removed from her ovaries.  It will be fertilised with sperm from her partner or donor in a lab. This fertilised egg is called an embryo.  The embryo will be planted back into your womb in the hope that it will grow and develop in to a baby.

How does fertility reflexology help the IVF process?

In many ways.  Firstly, anyone that has had fertility reflexology will tell you how relaxed and calm they become whilst undergoing the therapy.  There really is no substitute for this.

Secondly, the specific fertility reflexology routines that are used will help to stimulate your ovaries pre-egg collection.  We have experience of our clients having a much higher quantity of better developed eggs following regular fertility reflexology.

Fertility reflexology will also be performed to help your body grow a thick linking to your womb to help the egg implant securely after it has been reintroduced to your womb.

Fourthly, as we are also qualified in nutrition and counselling, we will also help with diet and lifestyle tips to help your body be in the best possible shape for your IVF procedure.

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What happens during IVF?

There are 6 main stages to IVF.

Suppressing your natural cycle – you are given medication to suppress your menstrual cycle. You either inject this in to yourself or use a nasal spray. This is done so that you get maximum effect from the medicine you take at the next stage and lasts about 2 weeks.

Boosting your egg supply – your next batch of medication (FSH or follicle stimulating hormone) encourages your ovaries to produce more eggs than usual so that the maximum number of eggs can be collected and fertilised giving you a better chance of success (more throws of the dice so to speak).  You give yourself this via an injection for roughly between 10 to 12 days.

Monitoring your progress and maturing your eggs – an ultrasound scan and or blood tests will make sure that everything is developing well and medication is used to help keep your eggs maturing.  You should be in close contact with your clinic during this period and approx. 34 to 38 hours you’ll have a final hormone injection to help your eggs mature as much as possible.  The more mature eggs are, the better quality they are seen to be.

Collecting the eggs – during this process a needle is inserted via your vagina and into your ovaries, to remove your eggs with ultra sound guidance.  This should take about 15 to 20 minutes or so to complete.

Egg fertilisation – your eggs are mixed with the sperm for a few days in a lab.  They are then checked to see if any have fertilised.   The eggs can grow for up to 6 days in the lab, the exact time depends on their strength and then the best 1 or 2 depending on your treatment plan will be inserted in to your womb.  

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Women under 37 and taking IVF for the 1st or 2nd time, will generally be advised only to have a single embryo transfer.  Doctors tend only to consider using 2 embryos if no top-quality embryos are available. In the 3rd IVF cycle, no more than two embryos should be transferred.

If you’re between 37-39 years and in your 1st or 2nd IVF cycle, you’ll also usually only have a single embryo transfer.  A double embryo transfer will be considered sometimes if there are no top-quality embryos. In your 3rd cycle, no more than 2 embryos will be transferred.

Women aged 40-42 years may have a double embryo transfer straight off.

If you’re lucky enough to have any suitable embryos left over then you can get these frozen for future IVF attempts.

Transferring the embryo(s) – one or two fertilised eggs (embryos) are placed in your womb and then it’s the waiting game.  You have to wait for 2 weeks before you can take a pregnancy test.  

What’s the IVF process for men?

At around the same time as your partner's eggs are being collected you'll be asked to produce a fresh sperm sample. These are then washed and spun at a high speed which allows the lab technicians to select the healthiest and most active sperm.

That’s not job done for men though.  It’s a very stressful time and the hormones that their partners are on can create a more unstable home environment than they are used to.  They need to be supportive of their partners’ emotional needs and also be mindful of the invasive processes that IVF puts on a female.  You may also have fertility reflexology during this time if you’d like.

It’s also great if they can eat well.  If you’re struggling with natural fertility, anything that a man can do to make his sperm as strong as possible will help the situation.

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What are the risks of IVF?

IVF doesn't always result in pregnancy, and it can be both physically and emotionally demanding.  We can help you through this process with counselling and fertility reflexology to help re-balance your hormones post IVF cycles.

It’s also good to be aware that there are some potential health risks and to make sure you speak to your doctor about these properly.  Some examples of this are below.

You’re given a lot of medication and these can cause side effects such as hot flushes and headaches.

Whilst multiple births (such as twins or triplets) sounds great, be aware that it may be dangerous for both the mother and the child which is why most clinics are scrupulous about the amount of eggs that they will implant back in as detailed above.

It is possible to get an ectopic pregnancy – where your embryo implants in your fallopian tubes, rather than in the womb.

Can I only have fertility reflexology with IVF?

No you can have fertility reflexology with any fertility treatment, or with just trying naturally. Whatever way you are trying to get pregnant with we’ll work around this to help your body be as balanced and ready to accept pregnancy as possible.

Is fertility reflexology safe with IVF?

Yes, totally safe.  In the same way that we treat you differently at different stages of your monthly cycle, we do the same with IVF so that you’re getting exactly what works best for your body at the different times during your IVF cycle.

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How can I find out more information?

Below are some more links to information on our site.  We’re more than happy to have a chat with you if you’d like to call us too although please note we do not actually offer IVF treatments, just the supporting advice and care to ensure you get the best shot at it.

IVF treatment info

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The latest scientific research is changing the way we think about fertility. Poor egg quality is emerging as the single most important cause of age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and failed IVF cycles. It is also a major contributor to infertility in PCOS. Based on a comprehensive investigation of a vast array of scientific research, It Starts with the Egg reveals a groundbreaking new approach for improving egg quality and fertility.

A compilation of beneficial information on trying to conceive with fertility treatments, specifically invitro fertilisation and will guide you step-by-step on a journey through: The things to consider and the tests to do before deciding that you need fertility treatments… the tips go on and on.