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
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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