Your FAQs during IVF treatment

Knowing what to do and what to avoid during IVF treatment and after embryo transfer can worry many prospective parents. Here are the answers to your FAQs, including can I exercise, have sex – and what about flying?

If you have any further questions, contact any of our East of England clinics including those in Cambridge, Colchester, Norwich and Wickford.

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During IVF treatment

Yes, but you should have protected intercourse from day one of that cycle. This is because you will be taking medication that may increase the risk of miscarriage if taken in early pregnancy.

Yes, gentle exercise is recommended as it helps to release endorphins, which reduce stress levels.
It’s also good for you if you’re overweight, especially if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30. What’s more, regular exercise helps maintain regular bowel movements.

Yes. There is no documented evidence of any risk for the potential mother or foetus. For long-haul flights, take the normal precautions to prevent the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), such as keeping well hydrated and exercising your legs from time to time.

If your risk of DVT is higher than normal – for example, if you have had DVT in the past – speak to your GP before you travel.