Since its inception 40 years ago, IVF has given hope to millions of people with fertility problems. However, IVF can come at a physical and emotional cost to women undergoing treatment.
Traditional IVF involves prescribing high doses of fertility drugs as a standard. These can be harmful to both the baby and mother’s health, with uncomfortable side effects for women including bloating and nausea, and they can even trigger the potentially life-threatening condition Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS).
The origins of Natural and Mild IVF
Throughout her career, CREATE Fertility’s founder Professor Geeta Nargund has been committed to finding ways to put women’s wellbeing at the heart of IVF treatment: to make it as safe and successful as possible, with minimal side effects. Professor Nargund has pioneered a less invasive form of IVF that is better for mothers and results in healthier babies: Natural and Mild IVF.
How does Natural and Mild IVF work?
Natural and Mild IVF uses a tailored approach for each patient and relies on little to no harmful hormone drugs. The focus is on collecting good quality eggs as opposed to trying to extract as many eggs as possible.
Natural IVF involves the collection of one egg, naturally selected by the body for ovulation, without the need for any fertility drugs. Using a naturally selected, high quality egg greatly increases the likelihood of producing a high-quality embryo.
Mild stimulation IVF uses a significantly reduced dose of fertility drugs over 5-9 days, to stimulate ovulation for a small number of high quality eggs. By using little to no drugs in these treatments, the risk of side effects, such as OHSS, are considerably reduced. The reduced level of drugs also makes Natural and Mild treatments significantly more affordable for patients who otherwise may not have been able to afford IVF.
Affordable, safer and successful
Critically, CREATE’s pioneering use of Natural and Mild IVF sees the clinic achieve excellent success rates which are higher than the national average, while still putting the health of woman and child first. These independent figures recorded by industry regulator HFEA illustrate CREATE’s success rates in the national context.
What this means for Oxford IVF patients?
In short, access to gentler, safer and more affordable IVF treatments.
CREATE Fertility is the only fertility dedicated to Natural and Mild IVF treatments for women in Oxford, being open to both NHS funded and private patients.
For too long, traditional IVF with intensive doses of fertility drugs was all that was available for patients in Oxford and too many women were forced to travel across the UK in search of alternative treatments. The opening of our Oxford clinic brings local women and couples more choice and access to the very latest screening techniques and safer, low drug-dose fertility treatments.
If you are researching into fertility clinics in Oxford and you are looking for successful IVF that involves fewer side-effects, our patient support team are here to help you.