Category Archives: Natural Cycle IVF


The Pros and Cons of a Natural Cycle IVF

JZ (3)In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has typically been used as a single medical treatment protocol focused on harvesting a large number of eggs. Technological advancements and improvements in reproductive medicine have changed this protocol. Today, there are a number of IVF protocols available addressing a patient’s individual needs.

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What does it mean to have the best in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment?

DoctorWith IVF treatment, best treatment does not exist; only the most appropriate treatment is available from a leading medical provider. The IVF treatment program most suitable to your individual needs is considered the best treatment.

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Pick Of The Month: Why Natural and Minimal Stimulation Protocols are the Future of Fertility and What They Are/How They are Different

It is common for people to think of fertility medication when they are considering seeking professional help to start a family.  While fertility medication may have been necessary in the past for in vitro fertilization, that is no longer the case.  Individuals who have a holistic lifestyle or who wish to limit or avoid fertility medications now have options for treatment.  Minimal stimulation and natural IVF protocols have success rates similar to that of traditional IVF without the side effects.Oct012015
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Rescue IVF-New Hope will save your cycle when others can’t or won’t

I have been doing more and more Rescue IVF procedures.  Rescue IVF is a catch all phrase for any situation where your cycle is in jeopardy of failure.  This covers several different scenarios including:

  • Having started a conventional IVF cycle but only 1 or 2 Follicles develop. Since IVF is recommended when you have 3 or more follicles and you have already taken and/or purchased your medication, rather than abandoning your cycle, I recommend a rescue IUI procedure
  • You are ready to begin triggering or a procedure and your clinic closes
  • You may be doing a Natural IVF cycle and are ovulating but your clinic only performs retrievals at a specific time during the day, which may not be optimal for your cycle
  • You have lost faith in your Dr. or her fertility clinic mid-cycle 2015-16

Regardless of the reasons you may need a Rescue IVF cycle, and for anyone who is changing fertility clinics and doctors, here are some tips to make the transition easier.  It would be ideal (but not necessary) if you could:

Organize your previous cycle information, this will allow your new doctors to be more effective and efficient

  • Request a copy of your IVF lab results and Infectious Disease results from your previous fertility center. Your full medical documents aren’t required
  • Bring a list of the medications you are taking and have been prescribed
  • Bring a list of the medications you currently have
  • If you are using frozen or donor sperm, please get preliminary information about how to transfer the vials to your new clinic. NOTE THAT IT MAY TAKE UP TO 3 DAYS TO ARRANGE THE PROPER TRANSFER.

 

Explaining the Benefits of Various Fertility Treatment Options

Many people begin fertility care unsure of where they should begin.  Although there are a vast number of fertility treatment options available, they are not well suited for everyone.  Knowing the benefits of various fertility treatments can help you start a dialogue with your fertility care team.2015-7

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Trying To Conceive? – Don’t Lose Hope, You Still Have More Options

The journey to starting a family isn’t always easy. As many as one in every eight couples will have trouble trying to conceive. Seeing a negative result when you’ve done everything “right” can be stressful and heartbreaking. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant without success, do not give up hope!  There are many treatment plans available to address a number of medical causes of fertility issues.

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Getting Pregnant After 40 – There’s Still Hope

It is common knowledge that it can be more difficult to become pregnant naturally as a woman ages.  However, being over the age of 40 does not mean that a woman is unable to conceive.  It is possible to become pregnant after age 40 and to start a family.

For many years, fertility treatments meant large doses of fertility medication in order to push a woman’s reproductive system.  Historically, in order to participate in treatments such as IVF, women had to have low FSH levels, be below a certain age and had to be able to produce multiple eggs during a cycle.  These requirements meant that women over age 40 and women who were unresponsive to fertility medication were often unable to find fertility centers who were willing to help them.

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What are my options for getting pregnant

One of the first questions a patient has when beginning fertility care is “How”?  After trying for months or even years, becoming pregnant may seem like rocket science.  There are several options for becoming pregnant while under the care of a fertility doctor.

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