Are you considering stimulated or a natural cycle for mild IVF treatment? This is one of the big questions that you’ll want to answer before you get started because it will impact the direction of your IVF treatment. Of course there are several pros and cons to both types of cycles and our team would be happy to walk you through them today. As one of the leading teams of fertility specialists, London IVF and Genetics Centre can offer you a quality service that you are hoping for. We even have a guaranteed success package, whether you choose stimulated IVF or natural cycle IVF.

What is Natural Cycle IVF?

Natural IVF is designed to be less stressful on your body by working with your natural cycle rather than against it. Natural cycle IVF could be considered a mild IVF because it is timed to harvest a single, naturally matured egg, allowing that single egg to be fertilised and reimplanted into the uterus. This means that you don’t need to use anywhere near the amount of fertility drugs that are used in stimulated IVF. 

You’ll only need a single hCG or Lupron shop to prepare for the retrieval of your egg. Once the egg has been retrieved, you’ll have to take a progesterone supplementation that supports the development of the uterine lining. This is vitally important because without the progesterone, the body will sense that it is not pregnant and move on with the menstrual cycle before we have a chance to reimplant the embryo. While it isn’t entirely without drugs, the number of drugs are limited, making it a very mild IVF, the ideal choice for those with physical or religious concerns. 

What is Stimulated IVF?

Natural cycle IVF is a cheaper and less strenuous mild IVF treatment than stimulated IVF. However, it is not suitable for everyone. The natural cycle IVF relies heavily on a woman’s menstrual cycle, making it incredibly difficult to work with women who have irregular ovulation or other ovulation issues. This is why stimulated IVF has been developed instead. This is the more extensive process that most people think about when they consider IVF.

Over 12 days, you’ll inject a series of fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries. This pushes them to produce multiple mature eggs, which we can then retrieve all at once. We’ll keep an eye on your ovaries during your hormone treatment, ensuring that we harvest your eggs at the right time. Don’t worry, you’ll be lightly sedated during the retrieval, so you won’t feel a thing. Once this is done, the process is very much the same. We’ll fertilise all the mature eggs that we retrieve, allowing them to develop into embryos. 

You can choose how many embryos you would like us to implant back into you, depending on how many are fertilised. Many of our couples choose to implant two or three embryos at once as it increases their chances of a successful pregnancy, but it is important to remember that this means you’ll increase your chances of having twins or triplets. On the other hand, you can choose to only implant one embryo at a time and freeze the rest to implant at a later date (an ideal choice if you have siblings in mind).

Looking for More Information?

If you’re unsure about whether or not stimulated or natural cycle IVF is right for you, then we would recommend getting in touch with our team of professional consultants. We will be able to offer you clear and consistent advice based on your personal situation, allowing you to make the most of all your intense or mild IVF treatments.