Women who have a poor ovarian reserve or who do not respond well to fertility medication may want to consider the natural cycle as an alternative. Regardless of whether or not the woman takes stimulation medication, she will only produce one natural egg each month. During a natural cycle, the body only produces one egg at a time, which is then retrieved, injected with sperm, and then the embryo, if it was fertilized, is transferred to the uterus. During a natural cycle, no stimulation medication will be prescribed to you.
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The following candidates for natural cycle IVF:
- Those women who don’t respond well to stimulant drugs
- Those who have low ovarian reserves
- Who do not want to take hormonal therapy
- Utilizes the body’s normal hormones
- May be repeated monthly after a month if necessary
- Less discomfort
- Decreased risk of multiple births compared to conventional IVF-ICSI
- There is no danger of overstimulation.
- Only one egg is retrieved and therefore you will have a maximum of one embryo if the egg fertilizes
- The success rate per cycle is less than that of conventional IVF
Natural cycle IVF is the same as in vitro fertilization, except that multiple eggs are not produced by excessive drug stimulation of the ovary. Small amounts of gonadotropin medication are required to support the growth of the egg at the end of the cycle, when women receive daily injections to prevent premature ovulation. Patients are followed over the course of a natural cycle with ultrasounds and blood work to monitor the development of the dominant follicle. When the dominant follicle is of sufficient size, an egg retrieval is carried out. Just like with conventional IVF, the fertilization process takes place in the lab after the egg has been extracted. Once a viable embryo has been created, it is transferred to a recipient.
An exciting alternative to conventionally stimulated IVF cycles is natural cycle IVF (unstimulated IVF). Patients prefer it because it is patient-friendly, low risk, and more affordable than stimulated IVF. Natural cycle IVF offers patients the IVF process with fewer medications, which results in lower costs and fewer injections, as well as fewer side effects and office visits (all of which lead to less stress). The minimal dosage of medication taken also results in no risk of hyperstimulation and less physical stress on the body. Additionally, IVF using a natural cycle reduces the production of extra embryos and prevents multiple pregnancies.
Three types of women are suitable for IVF using a natural cycle.
Natural cycle IVF offers the chance to continue the IVF process for women who are deemed to be “poor responders,” even when ovarian stimulation has repeatedly failed to produce multiple embryos. Natural cycle IVF is not always the suggested course of treatment for a “poor responder,” especially if multiple ovarian stimulation is still an option.
Natural cycle IVF can offer an opportunity for fertilization through ICSI for couples whose infertility is caused by the male factor (low or poor quality sperm), while also preventing multiple pregnancies and unnecessary stimulation for an otherwise fertile female partner.
Women who are unable to tolerate or do not wish to use hormonal therapy can still gain from the
Minimal stimulation In contrast to IVF using a natural cycle, IVF uses a small amount of stimulation medication throughout the entire cycle. A small number of injections from the start of stimulation could be considered minimal stimulation if only oral medications are used. It uses more medications than IVF using a natural cycle, but not as many as IVF using a fully stimulated cycle. Patients also have the option of minimal stimulation.