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Natural Cycle IVF | Protecting Patients

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Many of the patients that join us at New Hope are attracted to our holistic approach to IVF.

Our most organic method of fertility treatment, Natural Cycle IVF, is a protocol that involves monitoring and retrieving an egg during a woman's cycle -- without the use of fertility medications. Natural Cycle IVF is favored by many patients because it is not only our safest protocol, but is also the easiest on the body.   Additionally, because it doesn't rely on fertility medications, this protocol has one fewer cost: giving women the peace of mind that comes with not straining physically, mentally or financially.  Like other treatments; however, Natural Cycle IVF still comes with some risk factors. While the one egg retrieved during a Natural IVF cycle is of the highest quality, the technique's success depends on precise timing.

At New Hope we believe in real hope, not false hope. We advise all women and couples committing to Natural Cycle of the setbacks that can occur, as we would with any other type of procedure performed here. Timing an egg retrieval is a very precise practice, and if it happens that it is delayed even just slightly longer than intended and a woman ovulates, the cycle must be cancelled until the next cycle occurs.

Egg retrievals are sometimes delayed at our doctors' discretion to allow estrogen levels to drop even lower, therefore increasing the chance of retrieving a fully developed egg during a patient's cycle. The timing of an egg retrieval during a Natural IVF cycle is an extremely involved decision to make, but safety always comes first. In order to protect our patients' resources during a cycle, a retrieval will be delayed in order to optimize the chances of retrieving a mature egg. If an egg is retrieved too early, the egg transfer will fail. If the egg retrieval is delayed  -- by even just minutes in an effort to retrieve the highest quality egg -- a woman will ovulate and her cycle cancelled. It is a tough call to make on either side, but our doctors use their expertise, experience and insight into a patient's unique health history to make the best decision during that time.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your cycle or want more information on Natural IVF, visit us on the web or give us a call at 212-517-7676.

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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, Holistic Living, New Hope Fertility, Announcements, IVF

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