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Natural IVF Versus Conventional IVF – Which Treatment Is Right for Me?

When many couples and individuals first start exploring fertility options, they are generally already familiar with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Because IVF is one of the most common and widely discussed fertility treatments, this isn’t really surprising. However, although conventional IVF has helped numerous individuals and couples achieve their reproductive goals, it’s not always the best option in every scenario. What many people don’t realize right away is that there are alternatives to conventional IVF. One such alternative is natural IVF.

What Is Natural IVF, and How Is it Different from Conventional IVF?
In conventional IVF, a woman goes through a process known as ovulation induction, which is when the ovaries are stimulated using injectable medications. The medications trigger the ovaries to develop an increased number of mature eggs. The eggs are extracted from the ovaries and taken to a lab, where they are fertilized by sperm. Resulting embryos are then implanted into the uterus.

With natural IVF, which is also sometimes referred to as minimal stimulation IVF or mini IVF, a woman is given a much smaller amount of fertility medication, resulting in only one egg reaching maturity and being extracted. The rest of the process – insemination in a lab and implantation in the uterus – is the same as conventional IVF. Because there is less usage of medications, natural IVF is typically a lower-cost option than conventional IVF.

The Benefits of Natural IVF
There are many advantages of using natural IVF, including:

  • It reduces the risk of IVF-related complications, such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).
  • It eliminates the risk of conceiving and giving birth to multiple babies in one pregnancy.
  • It reduces cost.
  • It’s less extensive in terms of effort and time.

Is Natural IVF a Good Choice for Me?
Natural IVF can be a useful option for a wide variety of circumstances, including:

  • People who are looking for a low-cost fertility treatment option
  • Women who cannot take certain medications
  • Women who dislike taking certain medications
  • Women who have low follicle-stimulating hormone levels or diminished ovarian reserves

That being said, natural IVF isn’t necessarily going to work for every situation and is effective for only some types of infertility. Furthermore, natural IVF is best suited for women who are still experiencing normal menstruation cycles. When you meet with a fertility specialist, he/she will take into account all these factors and calculate your chances for success.

Choosing the Right Treatment
While natural IVF can be a great option for some, it won’t necessarily be the best fertility treatment option for everyone. Some women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy through conventional IVF. It’s important for you to discuss all these factors with your fertility specialist.

To learn more about fertility treatments and to start your fertility journey, contact Washington Fertility Center today.