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COVID - 19 and IVF

It has been proven by research and has now become a common knowledge that fertility in both genders is on the decline due to a multitude of factors which are influenced by our lifestyle such as nutrition, stress, being exposed to organic pollutants, mobile radiation; the list goes on.

Some of these can be managed and controlled and others can be trickier. As if our hectic lifestyle wasn’t enough to influence our fertility concerns, the advent of Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc and added to the despair of couples undergoing IVF treatment.


EMBRYO - FREEZING

Embryo freezing is used widely by IVF clinics all across the world and is a common practice now. Historically, ‘slow freeze’ technology was used to freeze embryos though computerized freezers which were relatively inefficient and when compared to a ‘fresh transfer’, the success rate of a cycle involving frozen embryo transfer was lower. The explanation might be the low optimal survival rate of embryo after slow freezing.


NUTRITION FOR IVF

Couples who are planning on starting a family are often looking for answers about what they should be eating during this time. Particularly women are often under pressure since much of the fertility journey is out of their control,

hence they feel that some simple tips on dietary improvements could contribute positively in their pursuit of improving their chances to conceive. The dietary advice is not usually very prescriptive. The important thing to remember is that this should be a time when you focus on foods that help you feel your best.


EGG QUALITY

Women often don’t give a second thought to the quality of their eggs until they are ready to conceive and then find themselves struggling with the same; when the harsh truth is that one of the most significant factors that determine fertility is the Egg Quality.

A diminishing ovarian reserve leads to poor egg quality, especially in women that have crossed 35 years of age. The quality of an Embryo is directly dependent on the egg quality making it a significant factor during conceiving.


OVARIAN RESERVE

At any given time, a woman carries a number of oocytes or eggs in her ovaries. This estimated count is known as Ovarian Reserve. When a female is born, she possesses approximately one to two million eggs which decline as her age progresses

And at puberty the count is almost 250,000 to 500,000 eggs. At around the age of 37, it further reduces to roughly 25000 and at menopause it becomes less than 1000.


MALE FACTOR in IVF PROCESS

A women’s fertility often becomes the focus point when a couple is attempting to conceive. When in reality, the male fertility holds equal significance and it can be maintained by simple measures pertaining to lifestyle. One in every five males has a low sperm count. Out of all couples experiencing trouble in conceiving, 20% of the cases have male infertility as the major factor. But it has been found through research that healthy sperm motility (ability to move forward and fertilize egg) and semen quality is affected by a number of lifestyle factors.


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