Natural Conception after IVF?

A recent article in Medical Express, Women Conceive Naturally after IVF, found that one in three women who use fertility treatments for their first pregnancies get pregnant naturally the second time around. The study, conducted by Monash University and published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, looked at Australian women who used ART to conceive their first children. Thirty-three percent of the 236 women studied conceived their second children naturally without fertility treatments.

pregnancy testThe study also found that “women whose infertility was initially diagnosed as ‘unexplained’ were more than twice as likely as others with a specific infertility diagnosis to become pregnant naturally.” According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, for women of all ages attempting to get pregnant, 95 percent will conceive within four years.

In cases of unexplained infertility, nearly 40 percent of OBGYNs and reproductive specialists turn immediately to in-vitro fertilization. Dr. Ron Thompson believes that a large percentage of those turning to IVF for unexplained infertility can actually find a simpler solution. Inefficient sperm capacitation because of inadequate natural conception lubrication may actually be the cause of unexplained infertility. Sperm capacitation is the process that allows the sperm to reach and penetrate the mature egg for conception.

Dr. Thompson’s theory rests on the fact that nearly 17 percent of patients with three or more failed IVFs spontaneously conceive within three to four years. About 17 percent of patients with a successful IVF spontaneously conceive within three to four years as well. These stats show that almost one in five women who attempted IVF, whether they were successful or not, conceived on their own within three to four years.

What changes in those three or four years that attributes to the sudden ability to conceive? Dr. Thompson believes that in the years following IVF, more than likely these patients unknowingly and naturally solved their lubrication and sperm capacitation issues.

ToConceive, a natural conception lubrication, can offer immediate help to women dealing with unexplained infertility by providing the necessary natural conception lubrication needed to properly capacitate the sperm. Find out more about ToConceive and unexplained infertility by visiting the Key to Conceive website.


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