Would you like to know how to increase implantation success after IVF. In this video we are going to talk about things that you can do to improve the chances of successful implantation after embryo transfer when you are going through IVF.


For those of you that don’t know me, My name is Michelle Cooke, Period & Hormone Naturopath. I am the Founder & Director of Reproductive Wellness, a clinic located in Melbourne. I see patients online & face-to-face. 

Why does implantation fail?

Implantation is when the blastocyst (day 5 embryo is usually what they tend to use in IVF for the transfer) has been fertilised by the sperm and after transfer it attaches to the endometrial lining in the uterus in order to develop into a baby.

If we think of it in terms of a garden and you are going to plant some seeds for vegetables to grow. The seed is the embryo, the soil is the endometrial lining, and the season is the woman’s health. The conditions need to be right for the seeds to germinate and grow.

When an embryo fails to implant it is usually due to three main reasons:

  1. Poor seed quality: Either the embryo is not good quality (genetically abnormal) – due to poor egg and / or sperm quality

  2.  Soil not good quality: Endometrial lining is not “receptive” and doesn’t allow the embryo to implant

  3. The environment is not supportive of the seed: Mother to be’s health

Poor seed quality (Embryo):

Poor egg and / or sperm quality – toxins in the environment (heavy metals, BPA, chemicals), nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances

Poor Soil Quality (Endometrial lining) – Poor Endometrial lining (non-receptive):

  • Endometrial lining is not thick enough – less than 8mm. To assess if the endometrium is receptive they look at the thickness of it through ultrasound.

  • Due to hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, poor circulation.

  • If the uterus has polyps, fibroids, endometrial tissue, or adhesions

  • Premature rise in progesterone prior to egg collection. Progesterone is important (it just has to be at the right time) because it will go from proliferative to secretory phase, so it is ready to welcome the embryo.

  • An infection can prevent implantation

  • High NK Cells

Poor environmental conditions (mum to be’s health):

  • Nutritional deficiencies, toxin status, hormone imbalance, poorly managed conditions

The endometrial lining and embryo talk to each other through molecular signals, this cross talk is vital for successful implantation.



To assist with circulation, blood flow and delivery of nutrients to the endometrial lining. Assists with egg and sperm quality as well. Fish: mackerel, sardines, salmon, anchovies, herring, cod etc., Chia seeds.

Iron rich foods:

To assist with blood flow to the uterus to help build the lining.

Haem iron: Red meat (1-2 times per week), chicken, turkey, seafood

Non-haem iron: dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale etc.), pumpkin seeds, quinoa, black strap molasses and lentils.

Nitric oxide foods:

These foods can help dilate blood vessels to increase oxygenated blood flow, circulation to uterus to support implantation and endometrial thickness. Beetroot, Garlic, Leafy Greens and watermelon.

L-Arginine foods:

These foods can help to increase the thickness of the uterus by dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Protein based foods: chicken, turkey, beans, fish, nuts and seeds.

B vitamin containing foods:

Particularly B12 and folate will work to help make red blood cells and help iron work properly. These foods will also contribute to healthy circulation and blood flow. Dark leafy greens (spinach, kale etc.), asparagus, brussels sprouts, beans, eggs, broccoli, seafood, chicken and turkey.

Circulatory foods:

Cinnamon & ginger bring a lot of warmth, circulation support and healthy blood flow to all areas of the body.

Ultimately if you want to increase the success of implantation after embryo transfer the best thing to do is preconception health care. Preparing the body to be as fertile as possible remembering that whatever the eggs and sperm are exposed to 120 days prior to fertilisation determines whether fertilisation, implantation and pregnancy arise.  This is something I do in my clinic to assist with IVF success. It can more than double your chances of a successful IVF cycle. If you are interested in finding out more, I invite you to book a FREE 15 min consultation.

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