Safer IVF & healthier babies
OHSS and other side effects
The health of the patient is also very important to us, and the risks of side effects that IVF carries can be minimised by using fewer drugs. For example, Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) can be a potentially serious risk of high stimulation. Professor Nargund, our Medical Director, has therefore made a commitment to minimise the incidence of OHSS and other complications of IVF, in order to create more ‘women-friendly’ treatments.
She believes that there is a better way of performing IVF, a way that could combines safety and success. Having witnessed the complications and side-effects of stimulation in her early career, she feels that these are ‘man-made’ conditions, caused purely by medical intervention, not nature. She believes that rather than managing OHSS, we should do everything we can to prevent and minimise it. Professor Nargund decided to make a commitment to finding ways to make safe Natural Cycle IVF (IVF without drugs) and Minimal Stimulation IVF more successful. By using Natural Cycle or Natural Modified IVF, OHSS and many other side-effects of fertility drugs are eliminated from clinical practice, and by using tailored Mild Stimulation protocols, the worst risks and complications of OHSS can be avoided.
Our policy of choosing to focus of on quality rather than quantity of embryos has positive implications for the health of resulting babies. There is evidence that shows that babies born from Natural IVF tend to have healthier birth weights on average than babies born from conventional, high stimulation IVF. Babies born from more natural forms of IVF treatment are also less likely to be premature. Studies have found that babies born from natural cycles had significantly higher birth weights than babies born from standard stimulated cycles. It is thought that this may be because the endometrial conditions are healthier for implantation in more natural IVF treatment compared with conventional IVF treatment.