How To Prepare For a Frozen Embryo Transfer - FET - My Top 5 Ways

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Preparing to have an embryo transferred can be a very stressful and exciting time.  You have done so much work going through an IVF retrieval to get a healthy embryo and they are truly precious.  We want to make sure they are being transferred to the most optimal uterine environment. So it comes as no surprise that I often get asked what I should be doing to help prepare my body for a frozen embryo transfer?   The following are some of my top ways to help patients prepare for their frozen embryo transfer.  
 
The Top 5 Ways To Prepare for Your Frozen Embryo Transfer - FET
 
1 - Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of my favorite treatments to help prepare a patient for an embryo transfer.  Acupuncture helps to improve blood flow and decrease inflammation while regulating hormones and the nervous system.  A lack of blood flow or too much inflammation will negatively impact the uterine lining.  For Best results coming in 3-5 weeks for regular Acupuncture before the transfer allows time to support a healthy uterine lining.  

2 - Laser
Laser Acupuncture, also known as photobiomodulation or Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) in the weeks leading up to your transfer may influence the ability of the uterus to be receptive to the embryo being transferred.  A study was performed on In-vitro endometrial cells exposed to specific Low Level Light Therapy.  The study showed how specific light was able to increase the proliferative and functional capacity of the cultured endometrial cells.  - Follow this link to read more - Has The Time Come to Use Low Level Light For Endometrial Receptivity  - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29546619/

3 - Diet
Our diet plays a big role in our overall health and fertility.  We need to make sure we are eating a diet high in nutrients while limiting inflammatory promoting foods.  Generally, a diet that is primarily made up of vegetables, fruit, good quality protein and lots of fat will be great.  Also trying to limit foods that are processed is a generally good idea.  At Acubalance we know how important diet is in the success of a frozen embryo cycle so we have created a fertility diet.  Check this out to learn more about what you should be eating to support your fertility - https://acubalance.ca/resources/fertility-diet

4 - Supplements
There are some key supplements for fertility like a good quality prenatal, Vitamin D and Omega 3 oil.  Some of the not so well known supplements that help support a healthy uterine lining are Vitamin E and L Arginine.  Both of these have shown promise in supporting an embryo implant.  
A 3rd supplement that can also add a boost to pregnancy rates is using a vaginal probiotic suppository.  It was only a few years ago that we believed the uterus to be a sterile environment.  Now with more detailed tests, we have found out that the uterus has its very own microbiome which plays a big role in receptivity.  Its a fascinating finding and to learn more check out this blog - https://acubalance.ca/blog/could-probiotic-influence-your-ivf-success

5 - Movement
Unlike doing an IVF cycle where your ovaries increase in size, an FET cycle allows us to continue a healthy amount of exercise.  The key is not too much nor too little.  I generally suggest daily frequent activity to get your heart rate up and increase blood flow.  Walking, biking, stretching and weight bearing exercise are all great.  Doing exercise outdoors has the added benefit of improved stress reduction as well.  

A few extra links to more information about Frozen Embryo Transfers.
- How Early Can I do A Pregnancy Test After a FET
- What Should I Do and NOT Do After my FET

If your looking for more information and have questions about how you can personally prepare for your transfer day please call for a 15 minute discovery call to ask questions.  If you are ready to get a personalized plan and start treatment for the time leading up to your transfer please call to book a in person consultation here at Acubalance.

Best of luck with your Transfer Day!

Ryan

Dr Ryan Funk DTCM
Doctor of Chinese Medicine
Fellow of the ABORM

What You Can Do To Prepare for a Frozen Embryo Transfer