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Fertility for the Over-40s

IVF Lite

There is good evidence that women react differently to ovarian stimulation. Some will produce many eggs, some very few. Some women's fertility will be affected by their age (especially those over 35), while others will respond quite normally.

The aim of IVF Lite is to make your treatment cycle as safe, stress-free and non-disruptive as we can. This means a very short treatment cycle, a lower dose of drugs to stimulate the ovaries, and simpler monitoring before egg collection. Very few blood tests, and very few ultrasound scans. But first and foremost is safety, and a minimum risk of complications from the treatment.

The lower hormone levels generated by IVF Lite allows nature to help determine which eggs reach maturity, and reduces their exposure to high levels of hormones, that might be detrimental to egg quality. The lower hormone levels also mean that your womb is exposed to a more normal environment as it prepares to receive the embryo.

At the Bridge Centre, we would define "success" as the birth of a singleton healthy baby delivered after a safe programme of treatment. So, while IVF Lite might produce a slightly lower delivery rate in a single cycle of treatment than traditional high-dose cycles, we are actually more interested in outcome after a defined and agreed package of treatment cycles - what is known as "cumulative" delivery rate. Recent studies show that cumulative birth rates are just as high with low-dose IVF as with the more traditional higher-dose approaches. IVF Lite aims to produce between three and eight eggs for fertilisation, one for an initial "fresh" transfer and the rest for freezing.

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Take a look at our guide Fertility for the Over-40s

 
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