I am adding a page for our IVF cycle, as a resource for others, but also as a place for me to gather and keep resources for myself. I am a planner by nature and I have a hard time being idle while waiting. So I am going to research the heck out of everything I can to help possibly improve our chances, as well as so I know what is going on.
So far my hubby, J, has quit smoking with the help of an e-cigarette. It still has a low dose of nicotine in it, but it is far better than real cigarettes. Plus he is able to use it with a zero nicotine serum as well, so once he switches to that, he will truly be a non smoker. We were advised that using a smokers’ sperm can cut our chances of IVF in half, so this was a big one.
We are both also on a regime of vitamins and supplements. I previously had him taking Fertilaid, when we were doing IUIs but it didn’t seem to have any effect (in fact his counts got worse over the course of our IUIs). So this time I decided to tailor our own combination.
J has been taking CoQ10, Vitamin C, a men’s multi vitamin with the daily recommended dose of zinc, as well as additional selenium (it is a Centrum special formulation, above the standard men’s multivit.) omega 3, as well as vitamin E, as I’ve seen in mentioned in several other studies as a benefit to male fertility.
For myself, I’ve obviously been taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid, as well as omega 3, baby aspirin to increase circulation and blood flow to my uterus, as well as vitamin B6 and a B-complex with vitamin C. B vitamins have helped increase my naturally short luteal phase and are a recommended vitamins to help increase progesterone naturally.
I have been using the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada to find information as well as resources. Resolve is also a good tool, but I appreciate having a Canadian website as some of the US information is different, or does not apply to me.
Below is a link from Stirrup Queens helpful guides;
I’ve also recently come across a document that was put together by the University of Alberta for the Government of Alberta, for them to use in considering whether to cover fertility treatments. There are some very interesting statistics, especially on page 59 where it discusses the risk factors associated with IVF pregnancies vs natural conception. It is a long report, and a lot of it is over my head, or speaks specifically to health care costs, but does have some good info.
I’ve also found some interesting articles on IVF and related matter through ASRM (which coincidentally is where some of the leaflets my RE gave me came from).
I liked the tips given from one former IVF-er blog as well.