First, I must say that obviously any suggestions (I give) are from my experience....not everything works for everyone. I think that is part of the "trick" is figuring out what works best for you. Especially in terms of protocol. I think it is important to have an RE that listens to you...and is willing to try things differently if they first don't succeed.
That said...personal things that I did? I did take supplements before my final (and successful) cycle. I took DHEA, COQ10, Maca root, and I would have taken Royal Jelly except I am allergic to bees.
I made some subtle dietary changes based on this interesting study/article. Changed some of my protein sources and ate some full fat dairy every day, for example. I think it is interesting because some of the results seem counter-intuitive.
http://www.newsweek.com/2007/12/01/fat- ... ption.html
I also did acupuncture and I am a firm believer in the benefits of acupuncture. There are some studies that suggest it may improve chances, but regardless of direct effect, I found it to be very relaxing and stress reducing which in and of itself is very helpful when you are cycling. I also did it directly after transfer.
I also listened to guided imagery. There are some specific to IVF--the ones I purchased had specific CD/mp3 for each week of the process--I found them very relaxing and helped me to focus positive energy.
I know that bed rest is controversial regarding its effectiveness. I know plenty of women that report they got BFP with no bed rest. For me, my first cycle--bedrest=ectopic. My 2nd and 3rd no bedrest=BFN, m/c. My third cycle was 48 hours of bed rest and BFP. Now, there was also difference in RE's as well.
This last cycle I also was on more support than in previous cycles post-IVF--baby aspirin, estrogen, progesterone-orally, crinone, claritin, Medrol and z-pac.
I don't know if you found any of this to be helpful of not...
I wish you the best success!!!!!!!!
Me: 44, endo. & 1 tube due to rupture
DH 36 fine
IVF#1 double ectopic/severe OHSS 12/08
IUI#1, #2, and #3, 2010 BFN
IVF#4-2/11 HPT=BFP 11dpo; 13dpo=240! 15dpo=653, 20dpo=5522,3/29=u/s-1sac1yolk 4/4=2 HBs!