The first IVF baby in the world was from a natural cycle in 1978
What is Natural Cycle IVF?
With Natural Cycle IVF, your body naturally selects your best egg. When mature, usually around the tenth day of your cycle, the egg is retrieved in a simple, in-office procedure requiring minimal sedation. It is then fertilized with your partner’s sperm using modern in vitro laboratory techniques.
Three to Five days later a single embryo is transferred to the uterus in another simple, in-office procedure. Two weeks after that we test for pregnancy.
The entire process is based on your menstrual cycle.
No daily fertility drugs, no extra eggs or embryos, no risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) or multiple pregnancies (except very RARE cases of identical twins!)
You have no hospitalization, minimal medications, and almost no chance of multiple pregnancies- all of which minimizes stress. The cost is about 25% of conventional IVF.
These are the major differences between Stimulated IVF and Natural Cycle IVF. Natural Cycle IVF is easier, less stressful, and much less expensive.
We also perform many cycles of Stimulated IVF and this option may be necessary for many patients such as those with irregular periods or those patients who fail to conceive with Natural Cycle IVF.
Advantages of Natural Cycle IVF
No Ovarian Stimulation Drugs
No Missed Work
Near Zero Multiple Pregnancies
The Natural Cycle IVF Process
Dominion Fertility staff recognizes that every couple struggling with infertility has special needs. In appreciation of this, we have developed a philosophy of care based upon providing each and every patient with individualized, high quality infertility treatment.
Pursuing Natural Cycle IVF
With Natural Cycle IVF, your body naturally selects your best egg.
When mature, usually around the tenth day of your cycle, the egg is retrieved in a simple, in-office procedure requiring minimal sedation. It is then fertilized with your partner’s sperm using modern in vitro laboratory techniques.
Three to five days later a single embryo is transferred to the uterus in a simple in-house procedure.
Two weeks after embryo placement we test for pregnancy.
The first step in helping patients get pregnant with Natural Cycle IVF is a consultation with Dr. DiMattina, Dr. Gordon, Dr Sarajari, or Dr. Waud. During this appointment your physician will review your medical history and recommend the best approach. If you have had infertility testing or treatment previously, it is best to obtain these records prior to the initial consult. Determining a strategy is a collaborative effort between the physician and the patient, so it is best to provide a complete medical history. Below we have listed the usual steps for our NC-IVF patients:
- Initial consultation/review medical history
- Laboratory/infertility work-up
- Cycle review with nurse
- Financial consult
- Sign consent forms
- Begin Natural Cycle IVF (day 2 of menstrual cycle)