An IVF cycle may be the ideal solution to a couple’s fertility issues. Successfully able to treat both male factor and female factor infertility, IVF has been used for decades to help couples achieve their goal of starting a family. No longer limited to one protocol, there are multiple options for treatment during an IVF cycle.
Traditionally, IVF treatment used large doses of injectable fertility medication in order to replace a woman’s natural fertility. The goal of the fertility drugs was to push a woman’s body to produce large numbers of eggs. While some eggs were not suited for fertilization, retrieving a large number ensured that enough eggs were available for fertilization and transfer. Many traditional IVF protocols transferred multiple embryos back into the mother’s uterus. Transferring multiple embryos did not increase the chance of pregnancy. However, multiple embryo transfer does increase the chance of a multiple pregnancy, which has significant health risks to both mother and child.
Advances in technology have reduced the amount of fertility medication needed for an IVF cycle. There are two distinct more holistic approaches to fertility care via IVF:
- Minimal Stimulation - Commonly referred to as Mini IVF, a minimal stimulation protocol aims to gently stimulate a woman’s body. The goal is to produce three to five eggs that are of a high quality and are suitable for fertilization and pregnancy. A minimal stimulation IVF cycle typically uses a combination of oral and injectable fertility medication that is tailored to the needs of each woman. There is constant monitoring during the cycle to ensure the woman is responding as expected and to allow the medical team to make adjustments as needed.
- Natural - Natural IVF follows a woman’s natural cycle. Without using fertility drugs, a natural IVF protocol has the goal of one healthy egg, the one a woman produces naturally. This egg, produced without the assistance of fertility medication, is the healthiest egg possible. As with other protocols, the woman’s cycle is closely monitored using blood work and ultrasound. Through monitoring, the fertility care team is able to identify when the egg is ready to be harvested, which is immediately before ovulation occurs. The egg is then fertilized and returned to the woman’s uterus during the same cycle. In addition to being a holistic method of treatment, the natural cycle provides an IVF option for women who would have previously been ineligible due to their lack of response to fertility medication.
New Hope Fertility Center specializes in providing personalized fertility treatment in their state of the art location in Manhattan. The New Hope team members are pioneers in the field of minimal stimulation and have success rates that rival that of traditional IVF. To learn more about the various IVF cycle protocols, contact New Hope today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.