Stimulated | Mild Stimulation | Natural Cycle IVF

During In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), an egg is removed from the woman’s ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg, called an embryo, is then returned to the woman’s womb to grow and develop.
Fertility drugs (Stimulated IVF treatment) may be given to the female partner to stimulate the production of multiple eggs which are contained in follicles on the ovaries. Progress is monitored using ultrasound and blood tests. The eggs are then collected whilst the patient is sedated, via ultrasound guided vaginal aspiration. The eggs are mixed with the sperm in a petri dish and closely monitored for signs of fertilisation. The embryologists analyse the embryos for quality and select the most suitable embryo for transfer. The embryo is loaded into a fine catheter. This is placed into the womb and the embryo is released. Two weeks after the embryo transfer, a pregnancy test is performed to confirm implantation was successful.

Mild ovarian stimulation for IVF treatment aims to achieve a cost-effective, patient-friendly option which optimises the balance between outcomes and risks of treatment. This option is most suitable for those with very active ovaries also known as polycystic ovaries. The risk of over response (ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome) in this group is very high and hence, a mild stimulation approach is most appropriate.

Natural Cycle IVF is a type of IVF treatment where no stimulating medication is used. The first IVF baby in the world; Louise Brown – was born using this method of treatment. It is usually used for women where medication is either unlikely to help in Bev gcbfrecruiting a higher number of eggs due to a low ovarian reserve, or in those with a previous suboptimal response to ovarian stimulation or in those with a very high risk of ovarian over-stimulation. However, there tends to be a high cancellation rate (approximately 30%) due to either high hormonal levels at the start of a cycle, arrest in follicular growth or premature ovulation.

Whilst you are having ovarian stimulation we recommend that you do not have Chinese herbs for infertility treatment or Chinese medicine for infertility treatment simultaneously. Similarly, maca for fertility enhancement should not be used. The use of Ayurvedic treatment for infertility and Ayurvedic medicine for infertility is also strongly discouraged.

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