Natural IVF & Minimal Stimulation IVF—Holistic Approaches to Conventional IVF

What is Natural IVF?

What is Mini/Minimal Stimulation IVF?

Advantages of Natural & Minimal Stimulation IVF

Is Natural or Mini-IVF your Best Option?

Today people are seeking holistic approaches to overall wellness. Advances in medicine and assisted reproductive technology made by the pioneering fertility specialists have made it possible for fertility-challenged couples to receive holistic IVF treatment. No longer women have to be taken with a regime of strong doses of fertility medications in order to get pregnant through In Vitro Fertilization-IVF.

Standard IVF is typically recommended for people who have failed to attain pregnancy after undergoing a series of less-complicated fertility procedures, like IUI.

When it comes to the world of IVF there are a lot of options. Let’s try to decipher about two variations of standard IVF that are Natural IVF and Minimal Stimulation/ Mini IVF.

What is Natural IVF?

Natural IVF is a uniquely natural approach to standard IVF treatment. in this patients are clearly monitored by way of ultrasound scans and blood tests before the anticipated day of ovulation.  This procedure involves retrieving eggs that a female produce naturally and fertilizing them exactly same as for a standard IVF cycle.

A natural cycle IVF uses no drugs to facilitate oocyte production except for a single injection to stimulate ovulation in expectancy of egg retrieval. The fertility specialist might also prescribe medication/antagonist, to prevent premature ovulation. And also recommend progesterone supplementation after egg retrieval in order to prepare the uterus for the pregnancy.

What involves Minimal Stimulation IVF/Mini IVF?

Mini IVF uses substantially low doses of medications that may be either tablets or injected hormones and typically start on the 5th day of your cycle. Low doses of medication is given to ensure that the female generates at least one and sometimes 2-3 high quality eggs and also to avoid the premature release of the egg. Then the patient will be monitored with blood tests and ultrasounds and asks the patient to have a trigger injection which will be scheduled for an egg retrieval procedure.

Once eggs are collected and fertilized, the formed good quality embryos will be transferred to the patient’s uterus. Additional medicines will be given to keep the uterine lining in optimal condition for implantation and wait for two weeks for a pregnancy test.

What are the advantages of Natural & Mini IVF?

  • The major advantage is minimizing the risks associated with the usage of fertility drugs for patients especially who are dealing with medical issues and also significantly reduces the risk of OHSS-(Ovarian Hyper Stimulation).
  • Affordability—with natural and minimal stimulation/mini IVF there is a reduced treatment cost compared to standard IVF depending upon individual’s condition, the level of treatment, and medications needed.
  • These procedures produce less hormonal side effects and also create a minimal degree of ovary discomfort as minimum stimulation drugs are given.
  • For those with personal or medical concerns about surplus eggs or even embryos can be stored or donated. Both procedures offer a way to minimize the number of eggs collected and embryos created without posing risk to egg reserve.
  • Pregnancy rates—if the patient is successful embryo transfer to the uterus then the chances of conception is very similar to a conventional IVF cycle.

Is Natural or Mini-IVF your Best Option?

You may be recommended by the fertility specialist to take these approaches due to medical reasons ( for example, if a patient has a past history of severe hormone related issues or breast cancer) or may have reacted adversely to a course of fertility drugs before.

These approaches may also suitable for:

  • Women who have severe OHSS-Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome may be advised these kind of treatments to reduce the risk of recurring the condition.
  • In some cases where conventional IVF cycles repeatedly fail to result in pregnancy and some times using natural and minimal stimulation cycles may provide an answer.
  • For women who are at risk of premature menopause (irregular ovulation), natural or mini IVF may be the viable solution, specifically if other infertility factors are present.
  • Couples who prefer to take minimum drugs as much as possible.

When you are evaluating these IVF alternatives, you need to consider success rates along with the cost which is the ultimate aim for undergoing any treatment. Be sure about the statistics and results, live birth rates as per initiated natural cycle/ Minimal Stimulation IVF. Most natural cycles or mini IVF cycles don’t have embryo transfers (because no or so few eggs are retrieved).

The chances of having success with natural / Mini IVF treatment are dramatically improved when multiple mature eggs are retrieved. Patients undergoing natural or mini IVF may don’t have extra embryos to freeze for a future FET (Future Embryo Transfer) cycle because of only one egg or few eggs being collected in these options.

Some studies also mention that natural cycle IVF avoids the risk of multiple pregnancies as there is usually only a single embryo to transfer. At MotherToBe we are conservative in the count of embryos we advise transferring  and women with good quality of embryos with traditional IVF cycles we recommend elective single embryo transfer. This greatly minimizes the risk of multiple pregnancies with IVF.

Ultimately patients undergoing IVF treatment need to weigh all the above mentioned factors to decide how to proceed with IVF options. At MotherToBe IVF clinic in Hyderabad, we look at pros and cons, concerns of patients and success rates of different IVF alternatives help reach your goal of having a baby. If you are considering an IVF treatment or think that a natural or minimal stimulation IVF might be right for you, please consult our fertility specialists to discuss this further or other possible fertility solutions.

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