Despite the progress and development of diagnostic procedures and treatment of infertility in recent years, the success of advanced therapies, like IVF, is around 30-40 percent, even in the best medical centers. The aim of this study is to review the role of drinking customs in the success of IVF from the standpoint of Iranian Traditional Medicine.
Materials and methods
To achieve this aim, the available texts on Iranian traditional medicine and the related articles from accredited databases were investigated. The materials relating to successful pregnancy and infertility prevention were studied then, content analysis was carried out and the results were summed up.
From the standpoint of physicians each organ in the body has its own temperament (position, status, state of health). The organ will do its duty well if the temperament is in a state of moderation, otherwise abnormal temperament (position, status, state of health) or adverse temperament will arise. Following the instructions about eating and drinking is one of the most important principles to maintain the normal temperament of organs, including reproductive organs. The uterus temperament is dry and cold in normal condition. Any adverse temperament in uterus can reduce successful fertility, increase abortion and reduce fertility treatment success including IVF. Intense cold causes narrowing and compression of the uterine artery. This often occurs following noncompliance with proper eating and drinking procedures like, drinking water and cold drinks in early morning, immediately after bath and copulation, with meals, immediately after meal, during exercise and all strenuous physical activities.
If the relationship between drinking cold drinks (which are very common today) and infertility and assisted reproduction treatments (including IVF) is proven, following these measures can be effective as an alternative and no cost procedure in increasing the success of IVF and prevention of infertility. It is recommended to teach such these instructions to couples in infertility treatment centers