Many people beginning the Fertility Journey, are usually begin with having intrauterine insemination or IUI. So what can you do to increase your chances of success with IUI? I have compiled a list of things that may help. Remember these are just suggestions, old wives tells and things that have been found to work, they may or may not work for you.
1. Abstain From Ejaculation To Increase Sperm Count
Fertility experts advise men to abstain from sexual intercourse and masturbation for about 3 days before donating their sperm sample. This simple tip will increase the sperm count in the sample and this in turn will drastically improve the chances of a successful IUI procedure.
2. Have Sex After An IUI Procedure
It may seem redundant to have sex after an IUI procedure, but studies show that this can marginally improve the IUI success rate. Scientists believe that the natural chemicals and hormones that are released during sex increases the chances of conception. However, fertility specialists also caution couples to abstain from sex for a day, at least if the woman has experienced any bleeding during the IUI process. Check with your physician before you decide to take this step.
3. Eat Healthy Follow A Healthy Diet
Eat a balance healthy diet in the months leading up to the IUI. If you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) reduce your carbohydrates and increase your protein. There is no specific diet that will increase IVF success rates but a healthy and balanced diet can positively affect IVF treatment. Avoid packaged foods as far as possible and have whole foods instead. Reduce your intake of white-flour products, especially pastries and cakes as these products contain refined flour, trans fats, and high amounts of sugar – all of which are detrimental to fertility and to overall health. Make sure that you have adequate protein – especially from lean meats, dairy products, and sprouts as studies show that protein deficiency affects reproductive health.
4. Continue moderate exercise.
Don’t necessarily train like you are getting ready for a marathon, but move your body regularly. While light exercise is good, moderate to strenuous exercise reduces fertility levels, which is why fertility experts often advise women to take it easy while they are undergoing IVF treatments. Women who are used to strenuous workouts will have to cut back drastically, as studies show that increased physical activity is linked to decreased rates of conception. Women who exercise for 4 hours or more per week for a period of 1-9 years are 40% less likely to have a live birth as compared to healthy women who do not exercise. Women who exercise that much are also twice as likely to have an implantation failure or pregnancy loss as compared to women who do not exercise. When you are undergoing IVF treatments, you should swap your cardio workouts for lower-intensity options such as walking, swimming or yoga.
5. Stay Away From The Smoke
Try to stay away from smoking and try your best to avoid second hand smoke. These toxins increase the amount of free radicals in our systems and our body begins to focus on cleaning these out of our systems and they may forget about taking care of the rest of our body.
6. De-stress Daily
Stress has a lot of negative effects on the heart, brain, and other organs of the body. The reproductive system is very delicate and so stress can play havoc with it and will reduce your chances of a positive outcome. IVF and IUI treatments would obviously cause some amount of stress and this is unavoidable, so don’t beat yourself up about it. However, you should spend a certain amount of time de-stressing every day, especially around the time of your fertility treatments. You can choose to meditate or simply relax and listen to music for at least 30-45 minutes each day. A great way to de-stress and unwind would be to do yoga poses such as balasana and setu bandhasana that improve fertility. If your infertility issues are related to PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), you can follow a PCOS yoga routine instead.
7. Supplements
Talk with your doctor about supplementing with coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) and DHEA. There is little research on the effectiveness of these supplement to help you get pregnant, but your doctor may suggest supplementation depending on your diagnosis. There are other supplements that may help increase egg quality, I have these supplements listed on my blog as well you can click on the button and it will take you to the blog post.   click here
8. Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been proven to increase your odds of getting pregnant, and many women feel better with acupuncture and self-care is beneficial. Acupuncture can help your body to align its chi in the proper alignment to heal our bodies so that we can create the best environment to conceive. Acupuncture has also been known to be very relaxing, and helpful in reducing stress and the effects stress has on our bodies and our reproductive system.
9. Find Happiness
Do things each week that bring you joy and help you feel fulfilled. You are more than your desire to have a baby, and your life should reflect that. Try to decrease the stress you are experiencing with the desire and want to make this IUI succeed. Relax, laugh, and imagine yourself in the happiest place you can imagine.
10.  IUI concept of visualization techniques
There now seem to be many fertility clinics suggesting to their patients visualization techniques as part of their treatment. As you prepare yourself mentally and when you go for your IUI, you simply visualize your body, the sperm and the egg, and you visualize either on a screen or some clinics have you mentally visualize an egg (presumably your egg) accepting the sperm. There seems to be some great evidence that the mind has a wonderful power over our body and with visualizing what you want, can assist with successful fertilization.