Before you book that trip, read our tips for traveling during fertility treatment
As we’re now in the midst of the summer travel season, our Connecticut fertility clinic wants to offer patients tips about traveling during fertility treatment. While patients can certainly travel before and after fertility treatments, it’s best for them to not travel when taking ovulation induction medications. This is because women require regular monitoring during this time. However, traveling before or after treatment shouldn’t affect a patient’s path to parenthood if they keep certain things in mind.
What you need to know about traveling during fertility treatment
Traveling before or after fertility treatment could potentially interfere with IVF success. Luckily, there are certain things patients can do to ensure their travel doesn’t negatively affect their treatment and eventual pregnancy.
Return home at least a few days before treatment begins. As it’s important that patients begin their treatment on the day our clinic specifies, we recommend booking a return date that gets you home well in advance before the start of treatment. A good 4-5 day window helps ensure you make it back on time, even if you experience travel delays.
Avoid areas reporting Zika. Zika is a disease that is spread through mosquito bites and can cause birth defects. Because of this, it’s best to avoid trips to countries or states reporting cases of Zika.
Don’t book a departure date too soon after an egg retrieval. We won’t know the exact day of the egg retrieval until a few days before the procedure. As such, it’s best to leave at least seven days between the estimated date of your egg retrieval and your date of departure. In addition, some women are a bit sore and fatigued after a retrieval. This window gives them time to rest before traveling.
Our Connecticut fertility clinic can help patients determine if traveling during fertility treatment might interfere with their IVF success.
Tips for taking care of your body when traveling
Because travel can be hard on the body, there are several steps patients can take to help ensure they remain healthy when traveling, which can increase the likelihood of IVF success.
- Minimize sun exposure.
- Avoid too much alcohol and drink plenty of water.
- Eat a balanced diet rich in protein and iron.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Abstain from contact sports.
Our Connecticut fertility clinic hopes these tips will make traveling during fertility treatment a more stress-free, enjoyable experience. Contact us for more information about our fertility services and how to increase IVF success.