futureIs your IVF treatment on hold due to Covid-19?
It’s upsetting and frustrating, sure. You wait so long to commence your journey down the medical fertility route, after 2 years or more of trying to conceive. You then get put on 6 months of Clomid with no avail, often just being left with unpleasant, lingering side effects.
THEN, after being poked and prodded some more with HSG’s, scans and bloods, you’re getting somewhere… Until quarentine hits and IVF treatment is being put on hold, indefinitely.
I’ve heard it from the horses mouth (Care Fertility) that they are OPTIMISTICALLY hoping for fertility treatments to continue again in the next 4 weeks. But that was said through gritted teeth and significant hesitation.
BUT, there is a silver lining!
We know that our follicles take 120 days to mature and blossom into ovulation. When one health follicle is cherry picked by our HPO Axis to become the strongest, dominant cell primed for fertilisation.
If we have an irregular cycle one month, we just have to look at what was happening in our lives 3 months ago. Was it boozy, stressful, uncertain, indulgent? All things I am hearing reportedly being the case during this lock-down period.
So what does this mean?
In its most simplistic terms, it means that the quality of our eggs is dependant on our environment. A goldish will wither and die if it isn’t bathed in beautiful, fresh, clean water. So why would we expect the cells in our body, in particular the BIGGEST cell in our body, our egg, to thrive?
This lock down period creates a unique opportunity to prepare the body for conception, be it natural or assisted.
Don’t think that because IVF treatment is assisted that you don’t have a role to play in preparation. Your internal health is PARAMOUNT for healthy ovulation, growth of endometrial lining, implantation, sustaining pregnancy, embryo development and the long-term health of your child too!
So… Just about EVERYTHING! Embryologists can work the basic nuts and bolts of the conception process but the responsibility lies with you as to the health of your pregnancy and health of your baby.