Natural Cycle IVF is a new and attractive option for IVF treatment because it eliminates the use of fertility medication to stimulate the ovaries. For this treatment, a naturally growing follicle is monitored and retrieved before it is ovulated. The quality of the egg is then checked and if it is of good quality, it is used for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using fresh or frozen sperm sample. For patients selected for this treatment, the naturally growing egg has the best quality and most potential.
Natural cycle IVF reduces the chance of complications such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Since the number of eggs are reduced, the procedure is much easier and faster than a normal egg retrieval. This procedure is also 1/3 the price of a normal IVF cycle and the additional costs of medication are also removed. Furthermore, the stress and discomfort of daily injections is eliminated, with natural cycle IVF we believe in using a single good quality embryo for a healthy baby without the high costs.
The limitation to this procedure is that we may not be able to retrieve the egg or the egg may not be of good quality. We also will not have extra embryos for storage. However, since the ovulation of an egg is a naturally occurring process, the procedure may be completed multiple times.