Does IVF have you feeling fatigued?

Here are some ways to relieve that.

Fertility medications used in IVF cycles alter women’s hormone levels. A common side effect of IVF medication is fatigue. Fatigue is also exacerbated by the depression, stress, and anxiety a woman experiences with infertility struggles. As fatigue is inevitable for women undergoing IVF, here are some ways to help your fatigue.

Stages of IVF that cause Fatigue:

An IVF patient’s fatigue is most prominent during the following stages of her fertility journey:

  1. Ovulation Stimulation and Egg Release: Fertility medications are used to stimulate a woman’s ovaries and encourage the release of mature eggs.
  2. Embryo Transfer: Progesterone levels are heightened to create and sustain a thick uterine lining necessary for successful embryo implantation. 
  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

Sleep: 

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 BMI, mood, and stress levels. 

Sleep and BMI:

A healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9. Studies show that not getting enough sleep has a negative impact on your BMI. Women who don’t get enough sleep may experience:

  • Weight gain 
  • Poor food choices 
  • Consuming foods with high-fat content 
  • Consuming foods with low protein 

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 

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. If you want compassionate fertility care, New Hope is the right place for you. Call us at (347) 970-8479 or schedule your initial consultation today!