Does IVF have you feeling fatigued?

Here are some tips to manage that:

Fertility medications used in IVF cycles alter women’s hormone levels. A common side effect of IVF medication is fatigue from elevated hormone levels. Fatigue from IVF treatment can also be accompanied by depression, stress, and anxiety. 

The 3 stages of IVF that cause Fatigue:

Fatigue is most prominent during the following stages of the fertility journey- 

  1. Ovulation Stimulation and Egg Release: Fertility medications stimulate a woman’s ovaries and encourage the release of mature eggs. Fatigue during this stage is common due to elevated hormones as well as the body’s natural response to impending ovulation. Similar to period fatigue! 
  2. Embryo Transfer: Progesterone levels are heightened to create and sustain a thick uterine lining necessary for successful embryo implantation. This can make you feel more tired. But you might notice that you’re sleeping better, which can boost your energy levels.
  3. Pregnancy Fatigue: During the first few weeks after the embryo transfer, women experience fatigue due to progesterone medication and pregnancy. 

Helpful Fatigue Management Tools:

  • Meditate
  • Exercise in moderation
  • Maintain a nutritious diet
  • Get plenty of quality sleep every night
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day and night 
  • Avoid heavy tasks and ask for help with chores or errands 
  • Take short naps – or just rest – when you feel tired to avoid overwhelming fatigue

Why sleep is important.

Quality sleep is proven to improve your chances of a successful pregnancy. Studies have found that sleep has a powerful influence on a woman’s reproductive hormonal system. Lack of sleep can directly affect your mood and stress levels. 

Sleep and Mood:

Your quantity and quality of sleep are directly connected to your mood. Insomnia increases the risk of developing a mood disorder – especially depression or anxiety. A sleepless night may lead women to be:

  • More irritable 
  • Short-tempered 
  • Stressed out

Sleep and Stress:

Too much stress can cause:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Depression
  • Tension
  • Anxiety 
  • Lack of concentration
  • Apathy 
  • Inadvertent mistakes 

It is important to prioritize your mental and physical health during IVF treatment. If you are feeling fatigued take a minute to relax and decompress. Napping, going to bed early, and meditation are all helpful in managing IVF fatigue.

Why New Hope?

New Hope Fertility Center is home to world-renowned fertility specialists. We custom-design fertility treatments for the individual to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Our specialists believe in putting the patient first and being with them through every step of the fertility journey. Our team is well-versed in helping women of all ages reach their fertility goals and we are passionate about educating, and supporting our patients throughout their journey. New Hope is the right place for you if you want compassionate fertility care. Call us at (347) 970-8479 or schedule your initial consultation today!