MYTH: Stress can decrease IVF success rates
Truth: There's no evidence that stress plays any kind of role in IVF success rates. Implantation can occur even during very stressful times. But while there is no direct correlation, it's still a good idea for patients to limit their stress levels so that they can mentally relax as much as possible during this time.
MYTH: Patients need to be on bed rest after undergoing IVF treatments
Truth: Studies have shown that even short periods of rest don't necessary boost IVF success rates, much less complete bed rest. Being confined to bed may actually decrease your IVF success, as it interrupts normal activities of blood flow and heart rate. Typically, patients should follow up their treatment with a nice meal and go about their daily routine.
MYTH: Acupuncture can help you get pregnant
Truth: According to studies, there is no direct link between acupuncture and a higher success rate with IVF. While it may help to relieve stress in some patients -- and therefore cannot hurt the IVF process -- there's nothing to suggest that it can boost your likelihood of getting pregnant.
MYTH: There's nothing a doctor can do to improve your IVF rate of success
Truth: While doctors can't control every aspect of IVF, they can ensure that patients have the highest possible chance of success prior to implantation. As a couple, you should be evaluated thoroughly to determine whether IVF is the right course of action for you. In addition, your doctor should evaluate the woman's uterus, tubes, and eggs, as well as the man's sperm.
MYTH: Lack of sleep won't affect IVF success
Truth: Actually, it's been shown that the amount of sleep you get does make a difference! A study done in Korea showed that the optimal amount of sleep is seven to nine hours a night. Women who slept seven to eight hours per night were more likely to experience a successful IVY treatment than those who slept for less than six hours a night or more than nine hours a night. So it's actually possible to be sleeping too much, as well.
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