Natural IVF

March 20, 2023
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If you take a look at any medical product, you will most definitely find a natural alternative to them. Such is the reach of natural remedies that even IVF-induced pregnancies’ has a natural counterpart. If you are facing infertility issues, natural IVF might be an appealing option, especially if you’re the type to be drawn toward homeopathic remedies. Before making any kind of life-altering decision, it is important to understand what that choice entails and what the safest and healthiest option for you is. Here you will learn about what natural IVF is and under what circumstances it is considered to be the best option.

Firstly, it is important to know what natural IVF actually is. The basics of an IVF are the same in this case, that is, in the lab, your healthcare provider harvests a mature egg from your ovaries and fertilizes it with sperm. The newly formed embryo is then transferred into your uterus. If things go well, you will have a successful pregnancy. In the conventional IVF cycle, there is a lot of medication involved that helps to harvest and later retrieve the eggs from the woman’s body. This is where the name ‘natural IVF’ may seem deceptive as this process is not always medication-free. Under natural IVF there are two sub-types namely, fully med-free natural IVF and minimal stimulation IVF or ‘mini-IVF’.

In the first scenario, you skip the medication process entirely, and with mini-IVF, your doctor will offer you small amounts of ovarian-stimulating medication before the egg retrieval process. Natural IVF requires you to forego the ovarian-stimulating medications, instead here, when it is time to retrieve the eggs the healthcare provider will insert an ultrasound probe into your vagina to visualize the follicle and determine whether it is mature enough to be extracted. Using the ultrasound probe as a guide, a thin needle will be inserted into your vagina and up toward the ovary and follicle. Through the needle, the fluid containing the egg inside the follicle will be sucked out. The aspirated fluid containing the egg will be removed and transported to the laboratory. A technician will introduce the egg to the sperm in the lab, which will hopefully result in fertilization and the formation of an embryo. Before the embryo transfer procedure, it may need to spend a few days in the lab receiving TLC and monitoring.

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The number of benefits, in this case, is numerous: It is important to consider the potential drawbacks:
No worry about freezing and storing the leftover embryos that are created by the stimulating medications. The probability of one egg turning into an embryo is small.
No risk of an ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome, a possible side-effect of the medications. There’s also the risk of missing out on the egg altogether.
Fewer injections are required.
Low cost.
Your doctor must strike a delicate balance between retrieving the egg as late as possible so that it is mature enough to be used in embryo creation and it risks ovulating before the scheduled retrieval procedure.

Natural IVF and minimal stimulation protocols are the most recommended and advised to-be-followed protocols for women with low ovarian reserve. Out team at Nandi IVF comprises of experts who leave no stone unturned to remain abreast with the knowledge and pertinent usage of these latest code of conducts.

Read Also: Exploring IUI vs IVF: Which Fertility Procedure is Right for You?

Sr. IVF Specialist & Medical Director at NANDI IVF
Dr. Payal Bajaj is an experienced Obstetrician & Gynecologist with over 20 years of experience in the discipline. She is a Reproductive Endocrinologist & Infertility Specialist. She has Done MBBS From the Renowned Lady Hardinge Medical College. DGO from the prestigious VMMC & Safdarjang Hospital, DMAS From World Laparoscopy Hospital.

She has Completed Her esteemed ASPIRE -ISAR Fellowship in the field of Reproductive Medicine from AFGC, Delhi And St' Mother's Hospital Japan.She has also been trained from the University of KEIL Germany. She has won various academic awards all through her academic career.
Dr. Payal Bajaj

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