Modified Natural Cycle ‘mild’ IVF now available

5th August 2015 in IVF

This information was correct at the time of publishing. It may not reflect our current practices, prices or regulations.

You can now opt for a mild form of IVF at Manchester Fertility, called Modified Natural Cycle IVF, also known as  ‘gentle’ or ‘light’ IVF. 

But what are the differences between this type of mild IVF cycle and conventional IVF treatment – and is it right for you?

Modified Natural Cycle IVF is simply a refinement of the conventional IVF process. Instead of using the typical doses of fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries to produce mature eggs, Modified Natural Cycle IVF uses very low doses of fertility drugs, for a shorter period of time. 

These doses, although low, are still enough to encourage more than one follicle to develop and promote egg growth.

Because lower doses of fertility drugs are used, risks associated with ovarian stimulation, such as Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), are greatly reduced. 

Our Modified Natural Cycle IVF treatment may be an option to consider if you’re concerned or worried about taking the fertility drugs needed for IVF.  You may also be suitable for this form of mild IVF if you’ve responded poorly to stimulation in the past, you have a very low AMH level or had repeated failure of conventional IVF cycles.

Modified Natural Cycle IVF isn’t something that’s suited for every patient however. Whether it’s an option for you will depend on your individual test results and treatment history, we will only recommend it if we think it gives you a good chance of success.

There are also disadvantages to this type of IVF. There is still a higher risk compared to conventional IVF that no eggs will be collected. You’ll also have fewer eggs to fertilise – and resulting embryos to transfer – simply because your ovaries aren’t producing as many mature eggs through this lower-dose stimulation.

If you’re interested in mild, Modified Natural Cycle IVF, please book in with our Patient Advisors for a free one-to-one appointment. You can also speak to our team on 0161 300 2737. We have no waiting list for Modified Natural Cycle IVF so you can start your treatment straight away.

Last updated: 20th January 2020