Implantation success depends on the continued development of the embryo and the success of the pregnancy.
In medically assisted reproduction, this is the only phase that cannot be controlled since it takes place inside of the woman's body. It still remains a mystery to the medical profession and a subject of intensive research.
Uncontrolled, does not mean "to leave to chance". It has been shown that the control of certain processes could influence its success or, on the contrary, slow it down.
Today we reveal 5 tips that have been researched to support this magical phase of conception.
Tip #1: Practice cardiac coherence (deep breathing exercise) every day
In regular practice, ie 5 min., 3 times a day, it decreases the production of cortisol, a hormone involved in the mechanism of prolonged stress and potentially harmful for implantation and the first months of pregnancy .
Indeed, an imbalance of this hormone could increase the contractions of the uterine muscle, the myometrium, and also create immune disturbances.
Perfect immune balance is necessary for effective implantation, as immunity gives the embryo essential permission to implant.
Some studies have reported a higher level of cortisol, a stronger oxidative state in women with infertility.
Regular cardiac coherence (deep breathing exercise) is therefore a priority activity to promote the implantation of an embryo.
This exercise is to be practiced 3 times a day, during the 3 weeks following a transfer, an insemination or during each luteal phase.
Tip #2: Practice physical activity that stimulates your vascularity (blood circulation)
The recommendation for total rest, which was until recently given, is no longer fully supported by the medical world .
What matters most for a successful implantation is the vascularity of your endometrium (inner lining of the uterus that will host the embryo), and this depends on your general blood circulation. It is therefore important to stimulate your circulation by moving rather than being inactive.
So get your blood flowing! Plan a gentle activity, if possible every day (unless medical advice is contrary).
Walking, light jogging or yoga for example, could be good choices.
The goal: 30 min., once a day, at least 5 days a week.
However, avoid exercises aimed at the abdominals, activities causing jerks with jumps, for example, or torsion exercises which target the abdominal belt.
Tip #3: Fill up with Magnesium
Magnesium is your best ally after a transfer, an insemination or simply in the luteal phase.
Magnesium have a direct effects on the implantation, by decreasing involuntary contractions of the myometrium (the uterine muscle).
It has always been THE mineral for muscle relaxation. Don't you usually take it when you have cramps or feel involuntary muscle contractions? Come to think of it, does this make sense to you for uterine contractions?
Also, magnesium is an essential for the production of neurotransmitters (brain messengers), as well as for the balance of stress hormones, including the famous cortisol discussed above.
Take the reflex to enrich your diet with magnesium by consuming cocoa, bananas, pumpkin seeds, nuts, beans and vegetables.
You can also opt for a supplementation up to 100 to 300 mg of magnesium per day, in the first 3 months of pregnancy at least.
Tip # 4: Check your vitamin D levels
It seems to play a determining role on an immune branch necessary for successful implantation, the regulatory T lymphocytes (T reg).
The production of these T reg lymphocytes is influenced by the intestinal flora, which itself is influenced by the level of vitamin D.
These lymphocytes behave, at the beginning of pregnancy, like the “bodyguards” of your embryo. They thus prevent your immunity, which sees this little being as a foreign body, from dislodging it.
If you have a recent blood dosage of your vitamin D, observe the result, it should be well above 75 nmol / ml.
If you do not have a recent dosage (less than a year), we suggest you discuss it with your doctor or gynecologist.
Supplementation will be necessary, if your result is too low. We recommend that you take vitamin D daily. Your doctor will be able to guide you on the right dosage.
Vitamin D is also produced when you are in the sun. In favorable periods, an arm and face exposure of 15 to 20 min per day will allow you to maintain a sufficient rate (beware of sunburns, which are not good for your health!).
Tip #5: Maintain regular intimate relationship
Have you ever asked yourself the question of intimate relations after a transfer, an insemination or simply at the beginning of the luteal phase?
Would you tend to avoid them? or not?
Well, in the majority of cases, unless medical advice to the contrary, it would be preferable to maintain them.
Indeed, the seminal fluid, constituting sperm, would have a beneficial action on immune tolerance and therefore on the acceptance of the embryo by immunity. This is happening through regulatory of T lymphocytes.
Therefore, we could advise you to maintain regular gentle intercourse, 2 to 3 times a week, during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
However, at Fertil-In, we avoid generalities and prefer working with each individual in a targeted and efficient way. Because what works for one person, might not be really useful for another. We are all different, the answers to our problems must be too!
Each Fertil-In program assesses the individual factors that may be linked to a poor implantation quality, poor quality oocytes and sperm. The program will provide you with a personalized advice to improve your polygon, your fertility and promote better implantation.
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 SIRTI and cortisol in unexplained infertile females; a cross sectional study, in Karachi Pakistan. Alam F1 2020
 Bed rest after an embryo transfer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Cozzolino M1, 2, 3, 2019
 Gestational and Hormonal Effects on Magnesium Sulfate's Ability to Inhibit Mouse Uterine Contractility. Osaghae BE1 2019
 Vitamin D Regulates the Microbiota to Control the Numbers of RORγt/FoxP3+ Regulatory T Cells in the Colon. Cantorna MT 2019
 Recurrent pregnancy loss and vitamin D: A review of the literature. Gonçalves DR1 2018
 Seminal fluid and fertility in women. Robertson SA1 2016