Dominion Fertility's 10TH year offering Natural Cycle IVF.

 

Hi! This is Dr. Michael DiMattina, Medical Director at Dominion Fertility in Arlington, Virginia. Next month will be the start of our 10th year of Natural Cycle IVF. We are the largest Natural Cycle IVF center in the United States and have produced more babies using Natural Cycle IVF than any other center in the United States.

Next month will be the start of our 10th year of Natural Cycle IVF. We are the largest Natural Cycle IVF center in the United States and have produced more babies using Natural Cycle IVF than any other center in the United States.

I will share with you a patient story. This lady is from the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and her husband is in the British military. She is 35 years of age and over in England, in Oxford, England, she had two cycles of stimulated IVF with fertility drugs. In her first cycle, they retrieved five eggs and transferred two embryos, no pregnancy. In her second cycle of stimulated IVF, they retrieved only one egg and transferred one embryo. Again, no pregnancy. She had never been pregnant before. The cause of their infertility was probably unexplained. Her husband got reassigned to the United States, here in Washington, D.C., to work on assignment for the next 18 months. They came to me and they said, “We know you do Natural Cycle IVF. We would like it done.”  I offered them the choice of doing Natural Cycle IVF or doing stimulated IVF again, but they chose Natural Cycle IVF. This was fine. Her periods come regularly, so she was a candidate for Natural Cycle IVF and indeed, we collected an egg the very first cycle, in September. The egg didn’t fertilize and so we had to do it again. We immediately repeated the treatment and this time we got an egg, we produced an embryo, we tested the embryo using PGS (preimplantation genetic screening) to ensure that the embryo was genetically normal, and it was. That embryo was transferred back into her very easily and today I sent her out to her obstetrician for delivery. One egg, one embryo, genetically normal, using PGS.

We like to use Natural Cycle IVF in patients who have failed stimulated IVF, or they have a low egg count, this is called decreased ovarian reserve, their egg quantity is low, or they have decided they would like to try something else before considering egg donor IVF, or because Natural Cycle IVF is so much less expensive and they would rather try the Natural Cycle IVF.

We are one of the largest PGS centers in the United States for IVF. It’s a great story. They were crying in my office, they were so happy. They couldn’t believe how easy the treatment was. We like to use Natural Cycle IVF in patients who have failed stimulated IVF, or they have a low egg count, this is called decreased ovarian reserve, their egg quantity is low, or they have decided they would like to try something else before considering egg donor IVF, or because Natural Cycle IVF is so much less expensive and they would rather try the Natural Cycle IVF. Anyway, it’s just a great story I wanted to share with you. We are very pleased with this success. This is my third pregnancy this morning, already. The other two were produced using stimulated IVF with PGS, transferring, of course, at Dominion Fertility, only one embryo. Dominion Fertility has one of the lowest twin rates in the United States for the last 6-7 years. Now we have a twin rate of 1% or less. If not the lowest in the United States, certainly one of the lowest multiple pregnancy rates in the United States. Anyway, have a great day! We’re pretty excited.

 

Dr. Michael DiMattina, Medical Director at Dominion Fertility in Arlington, Virginia.



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