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Causes of implantation failure

Anatomical Abnormalities: Fibroids
These non-cancerous lumps usually do not cause any problems; however, if they are located where the fertilised egg plan to attach, it will result in implantation failure.

The following have been linked to an increase in fibroid risk.
Alcohol, Caffeine intake above 500 mg per day (5 cups of coffee), low intake of fruit and vegetables, specifically those rich in vitamin A, such as orange and yellow fruits and vegetables and dark leafy greens, are linked to fibroid risk. Low dairy intake - a high calcium intake from dairy may be protective against uterine fibroids. The research does not show any difference between high-fat or low-fat dairy, specifically in fibroids. Regular consumption of red meat and ham, high intake of saturated fats and food additives, including artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, BPA, excess calorie intake has been known to negatively impact fibroid risk.

Thin Endometrium
Having a thin endometrium minimises the chances of implantation. Talk to your Fertility Trained Dietician to find out how diet and supplements may help.

Endometritis is an inflammatory condition of the lining of the uterus. Dietary interventions can help decrease inflammation.

Autoimmune Conditions
Autoimmune conditions such as Coeliac Disease, Lupus, Type 1 diabetes, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Multiple Sclerosis are associated with chronic inflammation. Autoimmune markers are common in women with recurrent implantation failure. It is important that these patients journey closely with a Fertility Trained Dietician before trying to conceive.

Being overweight results in chronic low-grade inflammation, which have been associated with recurrent implantation failure. Your Fertility Trained Dietician can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Reduce the risk of implantation failure / optimise diet to have a receptive
uterus in the two-week wait

Remove dietary inflammatory enhancers to decrease inflammation by managing the underlying disease conditions that may increase inflammation, i.e., diabetes, obesity, Chron's disease, Ulcerative colitis, endometriosis, PCOS, IBS. This will be the cornerstone for successful implantation.

Your Fertility Trained Dietician can help you upscale your antioxidant intake in order to further help fight inflammation.

Swap white refined carbs for whole grains, which has been shown to help support with implantation.

Helpful nutrients include zinc, bromalin, omega three fatty acids and melatonin. Your Fertility Trained Dietician can help optimise dietary intake of these nutrients. If supplements are needed, your Fertility Trained Dietician is the best to advise on the type of supplements and optimal timespan to take during your cycle.

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