These days, the term Natural Cycle IVF is an oft repeated phrase in the medical world. If you are planning to undergo IVF treatment or have already undergone one or more cycle, perhaps it is time for you to learn about this new technology that has been taking the world by a storm.
What is Natural Cycle IVF?
The term Natural Cycle IVF is self-explanatory; this IVF technique involves collecting the naturally maturing egg in a woman's fertility cycle. This way, the one egg that would normally be released in a cycle is retrieved and fertility drugs are not used. This is getting so much attention because it does not require the use of any fertility drugs which can lead to complications such as Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS).
Is This Treatment Suitable for You?
- If you haven't had an IVF treatment cycle yet and your menstrual cycle is fairly regular, you can discuss the option of using Natural Cycle IVF with your IVF doctor
- This treatment is ideal for patients who have a high risk of OHSS, and who have experienced painful complications in previous cycles
- If you are a devout person and your religious beliefs prevent you from harvesting and using of surplus eggs and embryos which may be stored or destroyed later, then too the Natural Cycle IVF is ideal for you.
How Does natural cycle IVF Work?
The only major difference here is that the ovaries are not artificially stimulated. Therefore, the normal cycle of the woman is closely monitored so that the mature egg from the woman's natural cycle can be retrieved at the right time.
What are the Success Rates?
This is a very important and valid question. Conventional IVF is a lot more successful than Natural Cycle IVF because in the latter, only one mature egg is used for treatment. The risk of cycle cancellation is higher, because sometimes the woman may not produce an egg ; or it may not be mature ; or it may eventually not develop into an embryo. The margin for error is much less when we have only one egg to work with.
Natural Cycle IVF is safer than traditional IVF treatment. However, the success rates are also lower.