The fertility medications used in an IVF Cycle alter a woman’s natural hormone levels. A common side effect of IVF fertility drugs is fatigue. Fatigue is also exacerbated by the depression, stress, and anxiety a woman experiences with infertility struggles. Our fertility specialists have compiled some helpful tools to help IVF patients alleviate their fatigue. Many patients come to New Hope Fertility in a state of fatigue due to prior repeated failed IVF attempts. Most have been undergoing fertility treatment for a year – or – longer. They are worn down both physically and mentally.
Pronounced IVF Fatigue Stages
An IVF patient’s fatigue is most pronounced during certain stages of her fertility medication regimen and early on in pregnancy.
- Ovulation Stimulation and Triggered Egg Release – Fertility drugs are used to stimulate a woman’s ovaries and encourage the release of mature eggs.
- Embryo Transfer – Progesterone levels are heightened to create and sustain a thick uterine lining necessary for successful embryo implantation.
- Pregnancy Fatigue – During the first few weeks after embryo transfer, women experience fatigue due to progesterone medication and pregnancy.
Helpful IVF Fatigue Management Tools
It is important for women to listen to their body and know when it may not be advisable to stick to their regular routine during IVF.
- Get plenty of quality sleep every night
- Take short naps – or just rest – when you feel tired to avoid overwhelming fatigue
- Make sure you are well-hydrated throughout the day and night
- Maintain a nutritious diet
- Exercise in moderation
- Ask for help with chores, errands, and heavy tasks
- Get a massage
- Try low impact Yoga for Fertility
- Make appointments with our in-house acupuncture for fertility service before – during – after your IVF cycle
Quality Sleep Improves IVF Pregnancy Chances
The National Sleep Foundation has found through studies that sleep has a powerful influence on a woman’s reproductive hormonal system.
Sleep deprivation adversely affects your BMI, your mood, and your stress level. Your Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) level is directly affected by lack of sleep. Your FSH level should ideally be at its highest level just before you ovulate.
Enhancing your quantity and quality of sleep will increase your fertility level.
- Improves your BMI
- Uplifts your mood
- Decreases your stress and anxiety level
Sleep and BMI
A healthy adult Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9. A 2016 review of studies shows that not getting enough sleep leads women to consume an average of 385 more calories the next day.
Women who don’t get enough sleep:
- Gain weight
- Make less healthy food choices
- Eat foods higher in fat
- Consume low protein foods
Sleep and Mood
Your quantity and quality of nightly sleep is directly connected with your mood when you wake. Insomnia increases the risk of developing a mood disorder – especially depression and/or anxiety.
A woman is more vulnerable to certain emotions after a sleepless night.
- More irritable
- Stressed out
Sleep and Stress
Stress keeps us alert and energetic. Although stress is an innate force helping us to perform at top level in our daily activities, too much tension and anxiety can cause a person to experience sleep deprivation.
Stress is a natural response to daily life, but too much stress causes:
- Sleep deprivation
- Lack of concentration
- Inadvertent mistakes
Fertility Specialists Helping to Manage IVF Fatigue
We are a patient-focused fertility care team dedicated to helping our patients manage their fatigue during IVF treatment. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.