With all of the information floating around on the internet and from others who have done ART (Advanced Reproductive Technology) treatments, how’s a girl from Kansas, I mean Pennsylvania, supposed to wrap her pretty little head around all of it? What should I be doing in preparation for my FET to ensure the highest possible chance at success?
Let’s first address bed rest.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Dr. Dodson says that I do not need bed rest. He says I should go about my normal routine including teaching indoor cycling (if I choose to continue to bounce up and down in a bike seat while getting two big fat needles filled with serum in my arse daily). While Mama loves lounging about in bed reading magazines and watching TLC and Discovery Health Channel (maybe there will be a I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant marathon!), I trust Dr. Dodson implicitly. I think a compromise is in order here. I will not be on bed rest, but I WILL NOT be allowed to clean or do laundry. That will work out just fine.
We aren’t talking about enjoying delicious, juicy bites of fresh or canned pineapple, here folks. We’re not even talking about that mildly unpleasant bite of tough pineapple you get sometimes in your fruit salad. I have read online that the tough pineapple CORE contains something called bromelain that can help with the implantation of the embryos. I can certainly suck it up and wolf down a pineapple core. But when should I be consuming said core? On the way to the hospital for the transfer? While I am performing my post-transfer headstand? WHEN, I ask you? Will someone please explain this to me?
What about acupuncture?
While I clearly need MORE needles in my life, do I need to fork out the expense for acupuncture? I have a friend who goes to a local acupuncturist who she highly recommends. I called to ask about the cost. The first visit is $97.00, each subsequent visit is $65.00. It is NOT covered by insurance. However, I did read this interesting tidbit.
“A German study done in 2002 showed that of the 80 women who underwent IVF and received acupuncture, 34 women got pregnant, a success rate of 42.5%. Of the 80 women involved in the study who received IVF without any acupuncture treatments, only 21 women (26.3%) became pregnant. More recently, an American study involving 114 women showed that 51% of the women who had acupuncture and IVF treatments became pregnant versus only 36% of the women who had IVF alone.”
While those numbers clearly indicate that acupuncture would be beneficial, I have been taught to carefully consider the study when analyzing the validity of data. Umm, huh? What was I talking about? Oh yeah, this study came from a website for Alternative Medicine, so obviously it’s going to favor the use of acupuncture, duh.
So, now what?
I know women who have done none of the above and have had successful pregnancies with IVF and/or embryo adoption. I know women who have done ALL of the above and have NOT had success. What does this all mean? I think I’ll ask my doc what he thinks about all of this, because frankly, I’d like to stop obsessing about it.
What are your thoughts?