Natural Cycle IVF at Fertility Institute of Texas
Natural cycle IVF appeals to some couples that wish to avoid the use of medications to stimulate egg production.
Natural cycle IVF vs. traditional IVF
In normal ovulation, one mature egg is released during a woman’s cycle. Traditional IVF involves the use of injectable or oral medications to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple mature egg follicles during a single cycle. At the appropriate stage, the eggs are retrieved and fertilized in the lab. Having a number of high quality embryos available for transfer increases the possibility of a successful pregnancy and live birth rate.
Natural cycle IVF means that the woman will forego ovarian stimulating medications. Frequent ultrasounds and blood tests are used to determine when the egg is ready for retrieval. Although natural cycle IVF is not widely available, there appears to be growing patient interest in the technique. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages may help couples decide whether or not natural cycle IVF is right for them.
Advantages of natural cycle IVF
- Reduces medication costs
- Reduces the risk of multiple embryos
- Prevents risk of ovarian hyperstimulation
Disadvantages of natural cycle IVF
- Not recommended for women with irregular or absent menstrual cycles
- Successful egg retrieval may require multiple attempts, driving up costs and increasing stress
- Pregnancy success rates are significantly lower than that of traditional IVF
Since the goal of assisted reproductive technology is successful pregnancy and live birth, couples should discuss their options with a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist to determine which method is best for them.
Dr. Susan Hudson has the specialized training and experience to guide couples through this process and wants to help you create the family you’ve always wanted. Call Fertility Institute of Texas to schedule an appointment today.
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