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Getting Sick During IVF: How to Manage It Without Derailing Your Dreams

| 06 May 2024 | 20844 Views |

Getting Sick During IVF: How to Manage It Without Derailing Your Dreams

In India, the dream of parenthood runs deep, and IVF offers a beacon of hope for couples struggling with infertility. But what happens if you catch a cold or get sick during your IVF cycle? Can it affect your chances of getting pregnant? Fret not! This article from India IVF Fertility, with clinics in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Srinagar, Gwalior, and Ghaziabad, will guide you through managing illness during IVF and staying on track for your dream pregnancy.

What to Expect During IVF

IVF is a multi-step process involving hormonal stimulation, egg retrieval, fertilization, embryo transfer, and a two-week wait to see if pregnancy occurs. While some women experience minimal side effects during IVF, it’s normal to feel under the weather due to hormonal fluctuations.

Can Getting Sick Affect IVF?

The good news is that mild illnesses like a common cold typically don’t significantly impact IVF success rates [1]. However, certain factors like the severity and timing of the illness can play a role.

Common Illnesses During IVF

Colds and Flu

Colds and flu are viral infections that can cause congestion, fever, cough, and body aches. While these symptoms might make you feel miserable, they usually don’t affect your eggs or embryos.

Other Infections

Other infections like urinary tract infections (UTIs) or vaginal yeast infections can also occur during IVF. Early diagnosis and treatment with appropriate medication prescribed by your doctor are crucial.

Importance of Early Diagnosis

Early diagnosis and treatment of any illness during IVF are essential. Ignoring symptoms could potentially lead to complications, so don’t hesitate to inform your doctor at India IVF Fertility right away.

Managing Illness During IVF

Here are some tips for managing illness during IVF:

Prioritize Rest and Recuperation: Your body needs all its energy to fight off illness. Get plenty of sleep and take breaks when needed.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids to help loosen congestion and combat a fever.
Over-the-Counter Medications (Consult Doctor First): Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen can help manage fever and aches, but always consult your doctor before taking any medication during IVF.

Inform Your Doctor Immediately: Don’t hesitate to inform your doctor at India IVF Fertility about any illness, no matter how minor it seems. They can advise you on the best course of action and ensure your treatment plan remains on track.

When to Postpone IVF Due to Illness

In some cases, it might be advisable to postpone your IVF cycle due to illness

When to Postpone IVF Due to Illness (continued)

  • High Fever: A high fever (above 102°F) can potentially disrupt egg development or implantation.
  • Severe Illness: If you’re battling a severe illness that requires significant medication or hospitalization, postponing your IVF cycle might be best for your overall health.
  • Importance of Doctor’s Guidance: Ultimately, the decision to postpone IVF due to illness should be made in consultation with your doctor at India IVF Fertility. They will consider the severity of your illness, the stage of your IVF cycle, and your individual circumstances.

Preventing Illness During IVF ️

Here are some tips to help prevent getting sick during IVF and keep your immune system strong:

  • Frequent Handwashing: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before and after medical appointments, injections, and embryo transfer.
  • Avoid Crowded Places : Avoid crowded places or people who are sick to minimize your exposure to germs.
  • Healthy Diet and Exercise: Maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to fight off illness. Regular exercise can also boost your immune system.
  • Maintain a Strong Immune System: Consider taking a daily multivitamin after consulting with your doctor. Getting enough sleep and managing stress can also contribute to a strong immune system.


Getting sick during IVF can be stressful, but with proper management and the support of your healthcare team at India IVF Fertility, you can navigate this hurdle and stay on track for your dream pregnancy. Remember, early diagnosis and communication with your doctor are key.

At India IVF Fertility, we understand the emotional and physical challenges of IVF. Our team of experienced doctors and caring staff are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support throughout your journey.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your IVF options.

Together, let’s turn your dream of parenthood into a reality!

Additional Resources

While this article provides valuable information, it’s important to consult your doctor at India IVF Fertility for personalized guidance regarding illness during your specific IVF cycle. Here are some additional resources you may find helpful:

Resolve: The National Infertility Association: This US-based organization offers resources and support for couples facing infertility, including an article on illness during fertility treatments

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM): The ASRM website offers patient-friendly information on various aspects of IVF, including potential risks and complications. While the information may not directly address illness during IVF, it can provide a broader understanding of the process

Remember, you are not alone on this path. With knowledge, open communication with your doctor, and the support of India IVF Fertility, you can overcome challenges and embark on a successful IVF journey.

FAQs About Getting Sick During IVF

Mild colds typically don't affect implantation. However, a high fever during the implantation window might be a concern. Always inform your doctor if you experience a fever during IVF.

Certain antibiotics are safe during IVF, while others might not be. Never take any medications, including antibiotics, without consulting your doctor at India IVF Fertility first.

Inform your doctor immediately if you get sick right before egg retrieval. They can assess the situation and determine if postponing the procedure is necessary.

Absolutely! Early diagnosis and treatment of a UTI is crucial during IVF. Let your doctor know at India IVF Fertility if you experience any UTI symptoms.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and enough sleep can significantly boost your immune system. Consider consulting your doctor about taking a daily multivitamin suitable for IVF patients.

About The Author
Dr. Richika Sahay

MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst & Gyne), MNAMS, MRCOG (London-UK), Fellow IVF, Fellow MAS, Infertility (IVF) Specialist & Gynae Laparoscopic surgeon,[Ex AIIMS & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi]. Read more

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