My round-5 IVF preparation checklist (the supplements edition)
When it comes to IVF preparation – for a fresh or frozen embryo transfer, and right across her 30s – TRB’s founder and CEO Eloise Edington knows her stuff. Having been here four times already, and now prepping for her fifth cycle, Eloise sat down for a quick catch up before her flight to New York, where she’ll be in the care of the amazing Weill Cornell Medicine team.
First on our agenda, the supplements she’s taken while preparing for IVF. And, which ones she’ll start, stop or carry on with across this fifth cycle.
Preparing for IVF at age 38 – it’s all about egg health (& a few other things!)
Before we dive in, here’s a bit about me, and my fertility journey. Aged 38, this will be our fifth go at IVF – so far we’ve had:
- 1 failed transfer – our first-ever transfer of two day 3 embryos, March 2016
- 1 successful transfer – giving us our eldest daughter Poppy from a FET of two day-5 blastocysts, June 2016
- 1 successful transfer – giving us twins Hettie and Charlie from a fresh IVF transfer of two day-5 blastocysts, January 2018
- 1 post-transfer chemical pregnancy – resulting in an early miscarriage, March 2023
For this next cycle, we’ll be using the same donor’s sperm – read up on our donor sperm journey for all the whys and hows there! – and going for a fresh embryo transfer.
Things have changed a lot though, since doing IVF for the first time when I was 30. Back then, I had so much less understanding about the process – what it would involve and the best ways to optimise for success. I stopped drinking for around three months before, took a prenatal and that was about it!
But with age comes, not just a lower AMH and all of the usual things, but real experience. I know a lot of what to expect, how my body tends to respond and feel, and have had the privilege to work with so many incredible partners across the fertility space, since founding The Ribbon Box (formerly Fertility Help Hub). Thanks to them, I have an IVF toolkit ready to go.
Over this brand new mini series, we’ll be covering my IVF preparation plan. From supplements and superfoods to what I eat in a day, and tests to support treatment. I’ve worked with expert fertility nutritionist Melanie Brown on many aspects of my prep – big, huge thanks to Melanie! – and would highly recommend booking a chat with her for any TTC nutrition support you may need.
Key on my IVF prep agenda is:
- egg health (my AMH has decreased over my 30s, so it’s all about the quality, now!)
- anti-inflammatory support
- cellular anti-ageing
This is IVF at 38. Let’s go!