IVF Abroad - Patient's Guide

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Couple consulting a doctorIVF treatment possibilities and options

IVF gives you wide range of different treatment options. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages and should be used depending on the clinical status of the patient.
Below you will find a short description of some of the IVF treatment options which can be used in treating infertility.

IVF with own eggs

In Vitro Fertilisation with your own eggs is a laboratory method consisting of fertilising previously collected eggs with your partner’s or donor’s sperm. When the egg is fertilised, the egg develops into a pre-embryo and is transferred in the uterus so it can continue to develop.

  • For who it is?
    If your eggs are healthy but your partner’s sperm is of low quality or your fallopian tubes are damaged or blocked this is the treatment for you. It is also a good option for couples which tried artificial insemination several times without success.

The Natural IVF cycle

In the natural cycle IVF during your normal monthly cycle the egg is collected and fertilised without the usage of fertility drugs.

  • For who is it?
    If your ovulations and periods are fairly normal you may talk about this option with your clinician. No hyperstimulating drugs are used during the natural cycle so there is no chance of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and all other problems related to ovarian stimulation like bloating and mood changes. It is also a good option if your religious or personal beliefs disagree with storing or destroying the surplus of eggs or embryos.
    So it is like a standard IVF procedure but without the stimulating fertility drugs and also if the treatment fails you do not have to wait a long time but just to the next cycle to try again.
  • Chances
    The lack of any artificial aids has however a major drawback and it is the success rate. The success rates in a natural cycle ivf are significantly lower than in the standard stimulated ivf.

Mild stimulation IVF

As in the options above the mild stimulation IVF also expects less fertility drugs to be used.

  • For who is it?
    Mild stimulation IVF may be suggested for patients whose reaction to fertility drugs could be too dangerous.
  • How does it work?
    It is very similar with the standard IVF treatments with some slight differences.
  • There is a smaller amount of fertility drugs used and in a shorter period of time
  • The amount of fertility drugs taken does not interfere with your natural cycle and this way shortens the drug usage for about two weeks and helps avoiding menopausal side-effects.
  • The lesser amount of drugs may cause smaller amount of eggs to be collected
  • You do not have to wait a long time for another try in case of failure
  • Chances
    There is no real data about the success rates of Mild stimulation IVF but it is very similar to standard IVF procedures.