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What can I do to improve the quality or the health of my IVF eggs?

One of the main components behind successful IVF treatment is high quality eggs. Treatment can still prove successful with poor quality eggs and embryos but the chances are much slimmer.

It's therefore crucial to do all you can to produce as high quality eggs as you can. The two main issues to help you achieve this is your diet and your lifestyle.

For women who are tying to become pregnant through IVF, diet has never been more critical. You are what you eat maybe a cliche but that doesn't make it any less true.

A healthy balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals is essential in all aspects of IVF treatment. Nutrients can help your body develop healthy eggs but also aid healing after the retrieval of eggs, as well as improving the chances of a successful embryo transfer.

You should follow a diet high in protein, approximately 50g to 70g a day, with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. A multivitamin specially designed for women who are trying to become pregnant is an ideal booster to regular food. It's also important to drink plenty water, at least 2 litres per day.

The second issue, in terms of producing high quality IVF eggs, is your lifestyle. Stress or a lack of sleep can have an adverse effect on your eggs, and therefore your chances of falling pregnant. The IVF process itself can be tiring and stressful so any additional stress can be problematic.

If at all possible, the best preperation for IVF treatment, is to relax at home. For many women this will mean even more time off work, but that's the commitment IVF requires.

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