Okay, ladies, I have another interactive post for you. I am looking for information and it isn't necessarily limited to donor egg IVF, since if you've ever done a FET it's like having the lasagna in the freezer--you just pop it into the oven because all the making of the ingredients is already done. I had a plan all down for what to do to prepare for egg quality--the wheatgrass juice, no alcohol, no coffee, lots of low-mercury fish and organic vegetables and fruits and whole grains (devoid of gluten) and fish oil and CoQ10 and antioxidants and all that fun stuff.
My question is, how do you prepare your uterus to receive? Do you cut all that stuff out when the eggs aren't in the equation? How far in advance? I don't do CoQ10 for FETs or donor because I'm not creating anything, but I do take fish oil religiously and I cut out the coffee and the alcohol, at the very least by the time I start Lupron. I'm not a fifth of gin kind of person but we enjoy our wine with dinner and we enjoy it rather frequently. I cut those things out in a "for the sake of general health" thing (and because drinking on Lupron and Estrogen is not a good idea), and also because somewhere I saw something that claimed that there's a compound in the coffee bean that can inhibit implantation. Which is kind of crazy sounding, but whatever. Plus there's the pineapple core thing. At first I heard all this stuff about how the bromates (bromides? unclear) in the pineapple core could aid in implantation, and so I ate pineapple core like mad throughout the 2 week wait starting with transfer day. But then another study came out saying that it could actually impair implantation. I FEEL LIKE I CAN'T TRUST ANYTHING! I feel like there is a study somewhere that says that if you eat a salad of edible flowers out of a bowl made out of a turtle shell while listening to whale song played backwards, implantation is more likely to occur.
Really, what I'm looking for is: What do you do to improve the chances of implantation for a transfer where you're not making anything but a plush lining? Do you do anything? Does eating full fat dairy matter a whit when you're not in the business of egg production?
I am heading into my next FET a little sooner than I had anticipated, which is great, but now I have kind of a limited time to do my prep. I am working out a lot (that is a fairly loose term where I'm concerned) and feel like I have done a good job just getting healthier and more muscle tone. I really hope that muscle weighs more than fat because I am actually up a few pounds, even though my clothes are looser. I'm walking several miles (anywhere from 2 1/2 to 7) several times per week and doing yoga/pilates tapes, some involving light weights or fusion dance, and my legs and waistline are seeing a visible difference. But, I am starting Lupron in less than a month and so it's tricky... Lupron sucks all my motivation away. And makes me feel icky if I exercise too hard. Anyone else experience this on the Lupron? And forget it once I start the estrogen and then especially the PIO. That stuff packs on the poundage like nobody's business, and at that point you're supposed to curtail your exercise activity. (How they can say reducing your BMI if you're overweight improves your chances at the same time as reduced exercise and full-fat dairy is beyond me.) I feel like I'm basically getting myself in good shape so that I can once again slide into fertility-drug-atrophy.
I would greatly appreciate any and all thoughts on what you have done, what you have thought helpful, etc. when preparing for either a FET or a DE IVF cycle. Getting that oven's pilot light lit, so to say. Preheating for that lasagna.