For some women, who don’t react well or simply don’t want ovarian stimulation, natural cycle in vitro fertilization may be a good option to become pregnant.
What is Natural Cycle In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?
In this assisted fertilization technique the extraction of quality oocytes is achieved without the need for hormonal stimulation.
During approximately 15 days, the natural ovulation cycle of the future biological mother is monitored through testing and ultrasound scans.
Follicular and endometrial growth is measured at the clinic in the span of 4 to 5 visits. This testing allows us to determine the ideal time to obtain the egg naturally, without medical stimulation and then the extraction is carried out using the usual IVF techniques.
That is why we say that fertilization is done in the Natural Ovulation Cycle.
The aim of natural cycle in vitro stimulation is to obtain a few high-quality oocytes.
Who is it for?
This technique can be applied to any couple or woman who does not want to undergo ovarian stimulation prior to the extraction of the eggs.
You can also take advantage of it if you have already undergone other assisted fertilization processes without successful multi-follicular growth. Meaning that after hormonal stimulation you have not produced enough follicles to continue the insemination process.
What are the advantages of Natural Cycle IVF?
During the process, the best possible egg is chosen, giving priority to quality before quantity.
There is no hyperstimulation and no possibility of multiple pregnancies.
Since it does not involve having hormone treatments the side effects are minimal.
Do you know what the ROPA Method is? Do you know its stages?
It’s known as the preferred assisted reproduction method amongst lesbian couples, why?
The reason is that when using this method it’s possible for both partners to be biologically related to their baby. Doesn’t that sound romantic?
Whether you’ve never heard of it or have already read about it on our Facebook page, we will explain the stages of the ROPA Method in this post today.
What is the ROPA Method?
The ROPA Method is an artificial insemination procedure in which two women are biological mothers to the same baby.
It’s also known as double motherhood.
Basically, it consists of obtaining the eggs from one woman, fertilising them and implanting them into another.
That’s why we say that the ROPA Method is ideal for lesbian couples.
Both of you can be biological mothers: donor mother and implanted mother.
If you need more information about the ROPA method, here are some links to two posts we wrote that will clear things up:
About the ROPA Method
Legal requirements for registering the children of lesbian couples
The egg retrieval is very quick, it only takes a couple of minutes and therefore it doesn’t need to be performed under sedation. However, if you prefer sedation, you can talk to your doctor about it. If there are no contraindications then it’s your decision.
Viable in several consecutive Natural Cycles:
There are no contraindications to performing several procedures in a row. However, when the attempts have been unsuccessful 5 or 6 times, the procedure is usually abandoned, as it is unlikely to work in this case.
This procedure doesn’t require ovarian stimulation medication; therefore it’s cheaper than when these are needed.
Disadvantages of Natural Cycle IVF
This technique is more natural than ovarian stimulation, which requires hormone therapy.
However, after 5 or 6 unsuccessful treatments, the procedure is usually abandoned because the chances of it working are low.
We can help you decide
We know that this decision is one of the most important you two will make.
We are aware that the help of a specialist can be very useful in deciding which is the best assisted reproduction technique for you.
That is why we like to be by your side when it comes to deciding what steps to take during the journey you are about to embark on.
From our own experience, we know that psychological support from someone who has been through the same thing as you is very important. We have already made this journey and the result is two beautiful daughters who are thriving.
You can count on us!
Are you ready to consider a Natural Cycle IVF technique?