Natural IVF is a relatively new way of approaching fertility care. Traditionally, in vitro fertilization used large amounts of fertility medication to increase a woman’s fertility. While this type of protocol was successful for some, a number of women have benefited from a healthier, more holistic approach. Natural IVF eliminates the need for fertility medication while still increasing a woman's chance of pregnancy.
Traditional - or - Conventional IVF
Conventional IVF involves the use of high dosages of fertility medication to promote the growth of large quantities of eggs. The goal is to retrieve as many eggs as possible. Of the retrieved eggs, some will be of a low quality and are not suitable for fertilization. Those eggs are discarded. The remaining high quality eggs are fertilized in a laboratory setting - in vitro. The resulting embryos are monitored for quality. The resulting healthy embryos can then be transferred into the mother or cryopreserved stored for future frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles.
Because of the effects of fertility medication on the uterine lining, there is often a waiting period between cycles which can delay future fertility care should a pregnancy not result.
The Natural IVF Difference
A Natural IVF protocol has a completely different approach to fertility care. Rather than using fertility drugs to increase the number of eggs produced, this protocol uses a woman’s natural fertility. This is done by closely monitoring a woman’s cycle and then retrieving the one egg that she makes naturally. By evaluating the growth of her natural egg through blood work and ultrasounds, our fertility care team is able to determine when it is ready for surgical retrieval and fertilization in vitro. The egg is retrieved, fertilized and - should a quality embryo result in vitro - is then transferred to the mother's uterus.
The egg a woman produces naturally is the healthiest egg there is. Therefore, there are often no quality issues with the egg. Additionally, because there are no ill effects to the uterine lining, natural in vitro fertilization cycles can use fresh embryo transfer. If a pregnancy does not result, there is no need to wait between cycles before attempting Natural IVF again.
More Information About Natural IVF
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