New Year New You: Key Health Factors That Can Matter for IVF

2nd January 2019 in Advice

If you are planning a January health overhaul as part of your preparation for IVF this year, there are lots of ways you can help your health, wellbeing and your chance of IVF success.

The sooner you start to prepare for your treatment, the better. But even if your cycle is due to start in only a few weeks, it is never too late to make positive changes to give yourself the best chance of conceiving:

Your weight & BMI

Making sure you are in a healthy BMI range is one of the biggest ways you can help your IVF chances, because BMI makes a significant difference to IVF outcome.

If your BMI is too high or too low, your fertility will not be at its best for your IVF treatment. And it may even stop you from starting your cycle. For women having IVF at Manchester Fertility, the BMI limit is 35.

We will advise you if you need to reduce or raise your BMI before treatment begins. If you need expert help to reach a healthy BMI range before IVF, our fertility nutritionist can give you personal and practical support so you reach your BMI goal.

Your lifestyle

Did you know that even a small smoking habit can negatively affect your fertility? Or that using drugs like steroids might lead to better performance in the gym, but also leads to poor performing sperm? Excessive caffeine can also affect fertility.

A lifestyle overhaul is one of the easiest ways you can help improve your chance of IVF success. It is sensible advice to quit smoking, drinking and drug use pre-IVF, and to reduce the caffeine intake.

Your diet

Lots of people review their diet at this time of year and the good news is that certain foods are known to benefit fertility for men and women, such as those of a Mediterranean-style diet.

Choose wholegrains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and foods rich in healthy, good fats such as those found in olive oil, nuts and fish. All women who are trying to conceive should also take folic acid and Vitamin D.


Are you getting enough sleep? Research has indicated that lack of sleep may affect fertility. Good quality sleep is important to overall health and wellbeing in all sorts of ways, including fertility hormone levels. Try to establish a regular routine before you start IVF, that gives you 7 to 8 hours a night.


It is natural to feel anxious about starting IVF. But do not worry about whether it will affect your chances, there is no solid link between stress and IVF outcome.

Complementary therapy can be especially beneficial if you are feeling worried about the journey ahead. All Manchester Fertility patients have access to fertility acupuncture and reflexology via qualified, specialist and experienced practitioners. Our counsellors are also available to you at any stage of the treatment journey.

Start your IVF journey with Manchester Fertility

Book a free, private 1-2-1 with a Patient Advisor to explore IVF with us, or self-refer online. We have no waiting list and can make you an immediate appointment with one of fertility consultants.


Last updated: 14th February 2019