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Natural Cycle IVF Top 7 Patient Tips

Natural Cycle IVF tips

You can do all the research you want on Natural Cycle In Vitro Fertilization; collect success rates, thumb through studies, and scour online testimonials. Now while that information will be of benefit, the most beneficial thing may actually be to follow these 7 tips from one of the country’s leading NCIVF fertility doctors.

Dominion Fertility’s Medical Director Dr. Michael DiMattina taps into the things you never thought of and suggests keeping them in mind before, during and after your NCIVF treatment.


  • Be patient. I view NCIVF as a series of treatments. It may work on the very first cycle (that’s always nice!) but there may be cycle cancellations that prevent embryo transfer. So, one must be patient.
  • No worries. Reducing stress is always helpful. Identify what is causing the stress and work on it, like fewer hours at work, a vacation, exercise, yoga, acupuncture etc.
  • Get involved. Ask your doctor what is going on and you should get answers that you can understand and feel comfortable with too.

    During Treatment

  • Be patient again!
  • Get involved again! Ask the doctors and nurses what is going on. My patients really appreciate knowing how their cycle is going. So, it’s ok to ask questions and often.
  • No worries again! After the embryo transfer, there is nothing else you can do to increase your chances for success other than to take your supplemental estrogen and progesterone.

    Post Treatment

  • If your treatment doesn’t work, don’t give up! The fundamental denominator for success is persistence. Just don’t give up. See your doctor, consider what changes should be made, if any, for the next treatment such as a day 5 verse a day 3 embryo transfer.

    For those patients who do not wish to use ovarian stimulation drugs, NCIVF makes more sense. For patients who have failed stimulated IVF or who have poor ovarian reserve or who are older (>37 years old), then NCIVF may be a better choice.

    “We have a patient who we successfully treated using stimulated IVF when she was 39 years old who returned to us at age 41 years old for a second stimulated IVF but her insurance carrier would no longer provide coverage because her serum FSH level was now elevated at 42,” Dr. DiMattina explains. “She had regular menstrual cycles, so she asked if she could try NCIVF and she got pregnant in her first NCIVF embryo transfer and delivered a healthy baby.”

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