Mild IVF, Light IVF, Modified Natural Cycle – low stimulation forms of IVF are some of the newest trends in treatment, often marketed as a ‘safer’ or more gentle option for women who need help to conceive.
But these IVF alternatives are not suitable for everyone, and although they have some advantages, they are really only designed to be used in specific cases.
Here are five key things you need to know about low stimulation IVF methods:
What low stimulation really means
Imagine how amazing it is to not only help someone to conceive but to also deliver their baby months later?
Meet Consultant Gynaecologist Dr Nikolaos Tsampras, who has joined our expanding consultant team after many years supporting patients at St Mary’s Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital.
As an obstetrician, Dr Tsampras has actually welcomed many babies into the world that resulted from embryo transfers he carried out.
Trained in Greece and the UK, Dr Tsampras specialises in all forms o...
Did you know that freezing allows your sperm, eggs or embryos to be successfully used in fertility treatment years from now? Sperm frozen almost 27 years ago recently resulted in the birth of twins, a world record for the oldest sperm ever used in successful IVF.
Freezing is done for many different reasons. The standard storage period for freezing eggs, embryos or sperm is usually 10 years according to the HFEA, but in certain circumstances this can be extended to up to 55 years.
We’re one of the only fertility clinics in the UK to offer patients this dual option for treatment with donor eggs, thanks to the success of our Manchester Donors UK egg donor programme.
Here’s your quick and easy-to-understand guide to the differences between egg donor types, to help you make an informed choice about which is best for you:
FRESH EGG DONOR
Knowing you’re not alone can make a big difference when you’re going through IVF and fertility treatment. Here’s where you can get the IVF support you need, to help you through the ups and downs of your fertility journey:
Manchester Fertility counsellors are a great source of compassionate support and professional, impartial help. Highly experienced in helping couples at every stage of treatment, they are ready to listen whenever you need to talk.
Are you prepared for the journey of IVF? Fertility treatment can have an enormous effect on anyone trying for a baby.
Coping with unexpected fertility struggles, juggling IVF with a busy work life, trying to remain positive for each other - it can all take a toll.
But this is where our support comes in, to help you both cope. We take a look at the emotional rollercoaster of IVF, so you can understand how you might feel:
Many couples arrive at our clinic already anxious and worried...
Dr Bambang joins us from a long career at Northwest Deanery and Liverpool Women’s NHS trust. A Consultant Gynaecologist and subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine, she has special interest in fertility preservation services and timely access for women at risk of losing ovarian function....
What medications are used in IVF? In a typical IVF cycle, a few different fertility drugs are used of which there are many different brand names. Here’s a quick guide to what these drugs actually are, how they are administered and what they do:
It may seem strange to start IVF by taking oral contraception, but this may be initially used to help us regulate and control your cycle.
Down regulation drugs (such as Cetrotide, Buserelin)
To get the multiple mature eggs we...
He’s one of the UK’s leading fertility consultants for gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids and uterine malformations, supporting Manchester Fertility patients and women who’ve been referred to the Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Centre at St Mary’s Hospital....
If you’ve had recurrent miscarriage or failed IVF, you need specialist fertility support and care to help you have a baby. In our next ‘get to know our doctors’ blog, meet Dr Anamika Rao.
Dr Rao has special interest in recurrent embryo implantation and miscarriage, using her expertise to give hope and personalised treatment to patients with a complex fertility history.
She was instrumental in the successful birth of our first baby through Endometrial Receptivity Array testing...