Do I Need to Avoid any Foods During IVF Cycles?

March 19, 2018

Do I Need to Avoid any Foods During IVF Cycles?

Some researchers show that eating or avoiding a few food products during your IVF cycle can prove extremely beneficial. They can increase the fertility rate and help women with conception. For a healthy pregnancy, one needs high-quality egg and sperm. With a few enhancements in your lifestyle and food habits, you will be able to achieve a healthy pregnancy, and it will also have a positive effect on your infant. At Apollo Fertility, the doctors will guide you on your diet, exercise, and general lifestyle improvements for a healthy pregnancy. For those of you who dont know, read on to find out what to eat and what not to eat during your IVF cycle.

Foods to Avoid During Your IVF Cycle


You must stay far away from cheese during your IVF cycle. Especially, mold-ripened cheese, such as brie, camembert cheese, etc. Eating them puts you at a risk of contracting listeria infection. Also, sustain from consuming unpasteurized milk during your pregnancy.


Even though experts say you can consume about two cups of coffee a day, it is best you avoid it or talk to your doctor.


To increase your fertility, stay away from alcohol. Consuming it can lead to ovarian dysfunctions. Pregnant women who consume alcohol are at a risk of suffering from a miscarriage and other severe problems, such as damage in the growth of the baby, impairment of the fetus, etc.

Aquatic organisms

The aquatic foods contain high amounts of mercury. And, mercury can cause birth defects. Therefore, refrain from eating aquatic organisms. Also, you must avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish, oysters, crab, cold prawns, and mussels.

Refined Sugar

Refined sugar can break down very fast and can increase the sugar levels in your blood. Sometimes, the changes in the insulin can result in insulin resistance. This can hamper the rate of your fertility.

Artificial Sweeteners

Women in their IVF cycle must avoid artificial sweeteners, such as saccharine. And, if you are used to your sweeteners, consult your doctor for a safe one.

Raw Eggs

Raw eggs contain salmonella, a bacterium, which can cause food poisoning. Therefore, anything and everything that contains raw egg, such as, cookie dough, Caesar salad, eggnog, etc.

Saturated Fats

Eating food rich in saturated fats are said to have a negative impact on IVF treatment. A study showed that women who consumed saturated fats regularly has lesser number of mature oocytes and almost 15% of the cells in embryo were diving in a decreased pace.

Food to Eat During Your IVF Cycle

Plenty of water

It is said that drinking lots of water increases the rate of fertility. Therefore, before eating or drinking anything, consume room-temperature water. And, make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of fresh and filtered water every day.

Well-balanced meal

Consuming protein-rich food helps generate high-quality hormones and eggs, which are responsible for reproduction. Carbohydrates and zinc must also be consumed regularly. Also, it is better to opt for organic food.

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