Even just thinking about IVF can leave you wild-eyed and frayed at the edges.
It’s needy and messy and brilliant and wobbly, and it’s why we’re so passionate about being able to find every best bit that science and natural approaches have to offer.
And smooshing it together for you.
So that whatever stage you happen to be at, there’ll hopefully be something here to support you, soften the edges, and help give you the very best chance possible.
Natural Mini Support Kit for IVF: 5-ish things you can do at home to help you give it all you’ve got.
If you have a bit of time before your treatment…
I know, it’s totally overwhelming trying to figure all this out, and you either end up feeling like you’ve got to take it all or nothing at all. The ‘Definitive Guide to Fertility Supplements’ is downloadable for free on our website to hopefully take some of the hard work out of all this for you.
(And we’re there to help provide even more in depth support if you feel like a bit of extra tailored help is needed.
Castor Oil Packs
Granted they sound a bit strange to begin with, but they can do wonderful things for promoting blood flow to all of the bits of you that we want to send some extra special love to. It’s a very ancient remedy that seems to help remove toxins, break down scar tissue and congestion, and clear away any old blood helping to give the whole pelvic area a boost and build up really fresh juicy linings.
It’s only advisable to use this treatment BEFORE IVF meds start, and also NOT during your period, but it’s fab at helping during the preparation stage. Plus they don’t cost a bomb and you can do them at home for yourself, which all helps you feel a bit more in control and gives you some positive self-care things to focus on.
Here’s a short ‘How to’ You Tube video modelled by the beautiful Lucy!
Self Fertility Massage
Another lovely thing to do for yourself at home. Like the Castor Oil packs the massage is fab for promoting circulation and blood flow and doing gently gorgeous things for egg production and linings. Great to do on the build up to IVF but again NOT during your period and best to stop before you start stimming or preparing for a frozen or donor transfer.
(If you feel like you want and need a bit more of this, we’ll finally be able to do the full treatments for you too by the end of the year. Yay!)
If it’s all happening right now…
Panic not…these little bits are fab for helping right through treatment and on the big day itself.
We find that one thing that tends to really help is having relaxation, meditation or guided visualisation tracks that you can dip in to as much or as little as you need them.
They seem to work on a conscious and an unconscious level, helping to bring your body back to a ‘felt sense’ of ease, safety and wellbeing, and bringing your energy back from the fears that drain and deplete it…essentially, they pour in some of the good stuff and become like anchors to come back to when it all gets too much…without you having to ‘do’ anything.
There are lots around now so dip into whatever feels helpful. Within the IVF Preparation Kit there are tracks that are specific for each stage of IVF that you’re going through at the time, that help to calm and soothe the worries that tend to accompany each phase as well as creating visualisations that help you focus and support your body. And if something a bit more general feels right, The Fertility Calm Kit is also brimming with tracks to scoop up everything your head and heart need to help you find yourself again in it all.
The Embryo Transfer Technique and Bladder Exercise
If you’re at transfer time, this is the one tool and tip we want you to have more than anything. It’s a relaxation track that teaches you a simple, easy way to help relax the muscles of the uterus. It soothes the tiny spasms that are caused by the catheter transferring the embryo/s so that coming home is as calm as possible. The feedback that we get from ladies and clinics is that it really helps things go as smoothly as they possibly can, plus the research suggests it can significantly help implantation rates. To support this even further, the Bladder Exercise is an extra, ridiculously simple tip that helps make sure you’re as comfortable as you can possibly be whilst you go through the transfer.
(This also comes with an IVF ‘Cheat Sheet’ which pulls together all the little bits and pieces that can help ease the wobbles a bit, knowing that you’ve got a handle on everything you possibly can.)
It’s never about having to do it all.
Just finding the bits that make sense to you, and that help to keep you going and give it all you’ve got.
And there is no right and wrong with any of this.
It will always be real and perfectly imperfect and wobbly and, no matter what happens it will never be the definitive story on what you are capable of, but we hope this little set of tools & tips help you find the softer places in the midst of IVF, the places where you can replenish your energy naturally and give it all the very best gumption you can.
With all our love and every wish imaginable for your IVF,
Cath and Lucy x x x x