NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Considering IVF (in vitro fertilization) as an option to expand your family,
The very first IVF baby, born in 1978, was actually conceived using natural cycle IVF. This type of IVF cycle allows for a naturally selected, mature egg to be retrieved and fertilized using little to no medication, says Dr. Zimmermann, also on the faculty of Columbia University's Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
A variation of the procedure, known as natural cycle IVF/M, retrieves not only a woman's mature egg from her ovary, but immature eggs from smaller follicles. Either way, patients return to their doctor's office for 5 to 6 days of monitoring to determine when ovulation will occur and schedule the retrieval date. Once obtained, the egg is fertilized in the laboratory, allowed to develop in a culture dish for 3 to 5 days, and then implanted back into the woman – just like traditional IVF.
"Natural cycle IVF is extremely similar to standard IVF, but without using large amounts of medications to stimulate the ovary to produce multiple eggs," Dr. Zimmermann explains. "For some women, this option is more pleasing to them and may also make better sense from a fertility standpoint."
Who chooses natural cycle IVF? Natural cycle IVF can be an optimal choice for patients for several reasons, Dr. Zimmermann says. These include:
Top reasons to choose natural cycle IVF Among the biggest benefits of choosing natural cycle IVF? In addition to being nearly drug-free, it's also less expensive than standard IVF, Dr. Zimmermann explains.
Other benefits include:
"Natural cycle IVF can be less expensive, less time-consuming and less complicated than standard IVF," he says. "If you want to know if natural cycle IVF is a good choice for you, talk to a fertility specialist. Your medical history will be reviewed and you can discuss the pros and cons of natural cycle IVF for your individual circumstances."
Neway Fertility is one of New York's leading fertility centers specializing in customized and effective fertility treatments. http://www.newayfertility.com
Ralf Zimmermann, MD, is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and medical director of Neway Fertility in New York City.
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