Everything You Need To Know About Natural Cycle IVF

Unfortunately, for some couples, getting pregnant isn’t always as easy as they’d thought it would be. In fact, one in seven couples will actually seek help when having difficulties getting pregnant and it is much more common than people realise. So, if you’re struggling, you aren’t alone in this – there are lots of people going through the same situation as you and also many experienced medical professionals who are more than happy to help. 

Nowadays, there are lots of different treatments to assist you when trying for a baby and when researching these, you will have probably come across natural cycle IVF clinics. Whilst many people have heard of standard IVF, as far as natural cycle IVF is concerned, this may be something completely new to them. To help anyone looking to find out more about this treatment and how a natural cycle IVF clinic may be able to help you, keep reading today. 

What is natural cycle IVF?

The biggest difference between natural cycle IVF and other treatments is that it doesn’t involve any fertility stimulation drugs and it works during your natural menstrual cycle. It isn’t uncommon for the stimulation drugs used in conventional IVF to cause side effects, and natural cycle IVF can reduce these risks. 

During this type of IVF, you may be required to take some medication to prevent ovulation before your planned egg collection and this will also allow your eggs to mature before the egg retrieval. However, there aren’t any other drugs involved and after the retrieval, the rest of the process is incredibly similar to other types of IVF treatment. 

Who is suitable for natural cycle IVF?

If you have tried other fertility treatments in the past and experienced bad side effects from the stimulation drugs used, then we would recommend that you give natural cycle IVF a try. Also, if you have developed ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) during previous fertility treatments then you may want to consider this type of IVF too.

Similarly, if you have a low ovarian reserve, high FSH, low AMH or low AFC then natural cycle IVF could work better for you. Of course, we would always recommend that you speak to a specialist at a natural cycle IVF clinic about all of your treatment options before you decide how to proceed. 

How frequently can you have natural cycle IVF treatment?

For many couples, natural cycle IVF is one of the best choices available because you can essentially have back-to-back treatments. This can be especially helpful for women over 38 – 40 years old who are considering fertility treatment or for anyone else who is under time pressure.

With other types of IVF, such as stimulated IVF, you will have to wait at least two or three months before you can start your next treatment if it wasn’t successful the first time. Whereas, with natural IVF, you can start your next treatment the following month if all screening tests are satisfactory.

Finding a natural cycle IVF clinic 

Hopefully, the short guide above will answer some of the biggest questions that you may have had about natural cycle IVF understand this type of treatment in more detail. If you would like to find out more or if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at the London IVF and Genetics Centre. Our experienced and friendly team will happily assist you in this regard. 

We can provide you with a bespoke fertility service driven by the latest scientific evidence which is based on transparency, high success rates and continuity of care. As an experienced natural cycle IVF clinic, we can assist you if you wish to go ahead with this specific treatment and you can relax knowing that you are in safe hands. 

If you would like to set up a consultation with one of our fertility specialists, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 02075800207 for London appointments or 01908915151 for Milton Keynes patients. We also hold open evenings so you can meet our consultants in person. On the other hand, if you would prefer to send us a message, you have the option of either completing and submitting the contact form on our website, or sending us an e-mail, on enquiry@londonivfandgenetics.co.uk.