LONDON, 14 February 2012: It’s been over 33 years since Louise Brown was conceived using ‘natural IVF’.
In the decades since Natural IVF began, high dose ovarian stimulating drugs are used in most IVF cycles. However, powerful drugs delivered in high doses don’t always guarantee results; IVF is currently an expensive and gruelling process for women, many of whom experience serious side effects during treatment and risk ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) or even long-term health concerns
Unsurprisingly more and more practitioners are returning to ‘Natural IVF‘ when treating patients. Geeta Nargund an IVF expert and Medical Director at Create Health, a leading fertility clinic based in Harley Street and Wimbledon wants to educate women into all the options available to them, she argues that no couple trying for a baby are ever the same and neither should be their treatment.
Contrary to what you might expect she explains that ‘natural IVF‘ does not mean eating organic food and taking up yoga, it is a clinical process that works by monitoring a woman’s follicle (egg sac) and endometrium (womb lining) with advanced ultrasound with blood flow measurements and planning when to collect the egg for fertilization.
‘Natural’ works on the ‘quality not quantity’ principle, it’s relies on the doctor collecting naturally selected egg rather than many eggs produced with forced artificial stimulation.
The benefits in opting for this method are overwhelming: no daily injections for 3-4 weeks, less expense and lower health risks. According to Geeta, naturally selected eggs can be healthier!
Sometimes a small amount of medication is given for 2-4 days in natural cycle to help increase success for this treatment.
Explaining all this to those curious about IVF hasn’t been easy so CREATE (www.createhealth.org) commissioned an independent film maker to produce a short educational video to give a personal and professional perspective on natural IVF.
Geeta is available for interview regarding Natural IVF treatment and the video.
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