Local Expert Says Healthy Lifestyle Important for Fertility Success

With a report released recently stating the birth rate of IVF babies has nearly doubled since 2004, a local fertility specialist offers some tips on increasing fertility success.

The report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says the number of babies born using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) has increased by 45 per cent between 2004 to 2008 in Australia and New Zealand. In 2008 this resulted in 11,500 babies born through ART with the average age of women using their own eggs being 36 years.

Dr Davidson who consults from the City Fertility Centre’s Gold Coast clinics said whether you are trying to conceive naturally or with the help of ART, a healthy lifestyle is recommended prior to and during pregnancy in order to maximise your chances of success and give your baby the best start in life.

Here are Dr Davidson’s tips for fertility for Gold Coast couples:

  • Eat a health balanced diet with adequate protein, carbohydrate and fibre
  • Maintain fitness and help keep your weight under control, aim to undertake moderate exercise for an average of 30 minutes, three times a week
  • Take folic acid for three months prior and for the first three months of pregnancy
  • Restrict alcohol intake
  • Stop smoking and any drug use
  • Check medications/supplement intake with your doctor
  • Limit caffeine intake.

Dr Davidson said that 12 per cent of primary infertility is linked to women being markedly overweight or underweight and that improving your Body Mass Index (BMI) can improve your hormonal levels and ovulation.

“But it is not only the women who need to be healthy, as nutrition and health have a direct effect on sperm so it is important for both partners to consider changes to their lifestyles if necessary,” he said.

City Fertility Centre’s overall success rates in recent months have been significantly above the industry standard of 41.6% (clinical pregnancies per IVF cycle).

“In recent months they have been as high as 55 per cent for clinical pregnancies per embryo transfer cycle across the board including all ages,” he said.

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