One of the common myths which clouds IVF is that patients will put on weight after doing an IVF cycle.

This seems quiteintuitive.

After all, aren't we pumping the body full of all hormones when doing IVF? And don't hormones make women fat?

And everyone knows women who've done IVF, and then put on weight, who blame the IVF cycle for their weight gain.

The truth is that you only put on weight when caloric intake is more than caloric expenditure, and IVF does not affect either of these two sides of the equation.

The fact is that when patients do IVF, they often put themselves on bed rest, and this reduces their caloric burn. Also, if the cycle fails, they're often depressed, as result of which, they eat more, because food provides comfort.

It's this imbalance between caloric intake and caloric expenditure which causes them to put on weight!

They're quitehappy to blame the hormones, but the reality is these are natural hormones which are excreted promptly after the IVF cycle is over. They will not cause you to put on weight, so you can get rid of this misconception straight away!

Yes, it's true that the high levels of estrogen during the IVF cycle may cause fluid retention, butplease remember that this is temporary!

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.
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