For patients who would rather do things more naturally or cannot tolerate a higher-risk procedure, natural cycle IVF may be the best choice. This option follows your own natural ovulation calendar and offers several potential advantages over a conventional IVF procedure. Below is some information about this procedure to help you determine if it’s the right option for you.
What is Natural Cycle IVF?
Natural cycle IVF is an in-vitro fertilization procedure that is similar to conventional IVF. However, unlike conventional IVF, natural cycle IVF does not utilize medications to stimulate the ovaries. Instead, it follows your natural ovulation calendar, allowing your body to produce eggs on its own and in its own time.
Benefits of Natural Cycle IVF
Natural cycle IVF offers several notable benefits over conventional IVF, including:
- Less chance of multiple pregnancies. – With conventional IVF procedures, multiple embryos are typically transferred to the uterus at one time. Thus, multiple pregnancy is always a risk. However, multiple pregnancy is less common with natural cycle IVF.
- No risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. – Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome may occur when you take the ovarian-stimulating medications required for conventional IVF. This condition causes the ovaries to swell, which leads to pain, nausea and other symptoms.
- Lower cost. – Natural cycle IVF doesn’t cost as much as conventional IVF because fewer medications are required.
- Less physical stress. – Because natural cycle IVF doesn’t require as many injections and medications, you won’t experience as much physical stress as you would during a conventional IVF procedure. Natural cycle IVF also requires fewer blood tests and less monitoring.
Making an Appointment
Natural cycle IVF offers many benefits that make it an ideal choice for women who prefer the most natural procedure possible, as well as those for whom conventional IVF procedures would be too risky. If you are interested in learning more about natural cycle IVF, please contact New York Reproductive Wellness to make an appointment with a fertility doctor.