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One of the most prevalent myths about IVF is that it causes women to put on weight .

This is a myth which needs to be busted .

Putting on weight is a mathematical equation , and occurs when caloric intake is more than caloric expenditure . After all, the additional weight cant come from thin air !

Now, IVF treatment doesn't increase your calorie intake , or reduce your caloric expenditure and therefore its clear that it cant make you put on weight .

However, what often happens is that women tend to put themselves on bed rest during their IVF treatment . This is because they think that this will help to increase the chances of the embryo implanting or this is what their doctors and family members have advised them to do.

Now, if you curtail your physical activity, you will put on weight but its not fair to blame the IVF for the weight gain .

Also, during IVF treatment , there is a certain degree of fluid retention , because of the hormonal injections we give you. However, when we stop the injections, these hormones get excreted in the urine , so the fluid also gets excreted, and your body weight goes back to normal.

Please stop getting misled by all these old wives tales .

If you understand the scientific basis behind IVF treatment , you will not worry about this anymore !

Source : https://blog.drmalpani.com/2021/02/why-ivf-does-not-cause-you-to-put-on.html
Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.
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