When I look back at the 13 months I’ve been involved with fertility treatments, specifically IVF, I’m amazed at how much I have learned, and can hardly remember what my life was like before this all began. IVF can be all-consuming. No matter what doctors and therapists and nutritionists and yoga instructors and fitness coaches tell you about finding a balance and still doing non-fertility related things in your life, it’s next to impossible to separate fertility treatments from any other part of your life.
Quickly, you become a slave to the cycle. Everything revolves around the exact timing of the cycle. And while it is possible to enjoy those little and few moments that aren’t necessarily related directly to your fertility treatments, you’re always aware that at any moment, those moments can be disrupted by a sudden change in treatment or any number of unexpected things that can cancel your cycle entirely that month.
Naturally, any woman that gets involved in IVF wants to become a mother. And with the amount of time, work, money, and planning involved in this journey, it’s safe to say that most women are eager to try anything that can increase IVF success, and it seems we’ve been given yet another way to try harder this week.
According to a new study of the Women and Infants Health Specimen Consortium, the ratio of specific fatty acid combination could boost the success of IVF. Specifically, the study investigated the relationship between serum levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and embryo implantation success in women that were receiving IVF. What researchers found was that there was a significant difference in pregnancy rates among women that had higher levels of specific PUFA combinations. Women with the highest levels of omega-6 and omega-3 ratios (14.5) were the most likely to achieve pregnancy, and women with the lowest levels of these fatty acids (13.8) ratios were the least likely to experience pregnancy success.
The lead scientist had this to say: “Our findings are significant, as they suggest dietary intake of specific PUFAs may be altered to benefit women undergoing IVF.”
While it doesn’t appear as though anyone’s chomping at the bit to change clinical practices of IVF treatment because of this study, the findings are sure to bring about further studies. This study also provides women like myself with yet another lifestyle change to consider in order to better increase our chances of getting pregnant. I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to try just about anything.