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Top 3 Natural Cycle IVF Patient Questions Answered
As a patient, you’re going to have questions and depending on the fertility treatment you choose your questions will vary. For those opting for Natural Cycle in vitro fertilization we tapped one of the country’s leading fertility doctors to get the top 3 NCIVF patient questions answered.
Dominion Fertility’s Medical Director Dr. Michael DiMattina is at the epicenter of NCIVF treatment. His Virginia fertility clinic is the largest NCIVF center in the United States currently performing more than 800 cycles of NCIVF per year. So you can only imagine how many questions he fields a day.
“The 3 top questions are usually related to costs, pregnancy rates and risks,” says Dr. DiMattina .
How much does Natural Cycle IVF cost?
The total costs for a cycle of NCIVF at Dominion Fertility is $4,400 plus anesthesia (additional $450). The costs are prorated if an embryo transfer does not occur. This covers the monitoring, oocyte retrieval, embryo transfer and ICSI. We perform ICSI in most patients as there is only one egg.
With NCIVF, there are no ovarian stimulation drugs, so many patients wish to first try NCIVF prior to undergoing treatment using stimulated IVF. Furthermore, ovarian stimulation drugs are expensive costing roughly $6,000 - $8,000 per treatment cycle, whereas the costs of a single NCIVF cycle is about $5,000 dollars.
How do pregnancy rates differ when using Natural Cycle IVF in comparison to Conventional IVF?
The pregnancy rates can be best expressed in terms of implantation rates. If we transfer one embryo produced either by NCIVF or stimulated IVF, the implantation rates in patients less than 35 years old are the same for both procedures but in patients 35 years old and older, the implantation rates are superior using NCIVF.
What are the risks associated with Natural Cycle IVF?
The risks with NCIVF are few. Since only one embryo is always transferred the risk of a twin pregnancy is about 1%. Twin pregnancies are very high risk, the greatest risk being premature delivery, which occurs in 50% of twin pregnancies. With NCIVF, there is no risk of triplets. And with NCIVF, the risks of ovarian stimulation drugs are avoided.