Weight can impact the success of infertility treatments. To ensure the best response to treatment and for the patient's safety, the Body Mass Index (BMI) must be between 19 and 35.
If the BMI is above or below these levels, the patient will be offered help and advice from our experienced nutrition specialists to reach the required weight before commencing treatment.
The patient might have some reaction to the medication used during the treatment. It is advised to
contact the physician if experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Hot flushes
- Depression or Irritation
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal bloating due to an accumulation of fluid
- Ovarian Hyper Stimulation
Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome
Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome is an uncommon side effect of infertility treatment caused by the injections of hormones, used to stimulate the ovaries. Usually, it is mild and short lived, however it can occasionally become more serious and may require an admission to a hospital. There are two main problems arising from this condition:
- Ovaries swell and become considerably enlarged
- The blood vessels become very leaky which results in fluid accumulating in the abdomen and causing ascites, making the abdomen tender and uncomfortable.
The patient needs to inform the doctor if she feels:
• Tender and swollen abdomen
• Nausea and vomiting
• Breathlessness even without exercise
If the wife undergoes IVF, she is at a risk of an ectopic pregnancy, where the fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tubes. The risk may increase in women who previously underwent surgery in their tubes, had pelvic infections, sexually transmitted diseases or other ectopic pregnancies. The patient is advised to inform the doctor if she is having vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain after having an IVF cycle and a positive pregnancy test.
If more than one embryo is placed in the womb as part of the IVF treatment, there is an increased chance of having twins or triplets.
Having more than one baby, may significantly increase the risk of complications for both the mother and the babies.
- Multiple pregnancies can raise the blood pressure significantly.
- The patient is two to three times more likely to develop diabetes during the
pregnancy, if she is carrying more than one baby.
- There is a higher chance that the babies are born prematurely, with a low birth weight or even miscarriage.