Natural Conception After IVF Treatment
By Femelife Fertility
IVF is used to overcome female infertility in the woman due to problems of the fallopian tube, making fertilisation in vivo difficult or due to problems in the partner like decreased sperm quality and quantity. For IVF to be successful it typically requires healthy ova, sperm that can fertilise, and a uterus that can maintain a pregnancy. Due to the costs of the procedure, IVF is generally attempted only after less expensive options have failed. Pregnancy is a complex phenomenon and many things can change in due course of time. People who had a baby with IVF can get pregnant naturally later. Here are a few theories on what can impact natural success in pregnancies after IVF.
Endometriosis can subside after pregnancy
Sometimes, when a woman with endometriosis becomes pregnant through IVF, her body has time to recover from endometriosis, even if she doesn’t know she has it.
The disease is suppressed allowing the female environment to potentially be more favourable for subsequent pregnancies to occur during 9 months of childbearing.
Release of stress resolves the hormonal environment
For some women, after having their first child through IVF, the pressure of becoming pregnant significantly subsides and with decreased stress and lack of contraception, natural pregnancies may occur. Similarly, at many instances it is seen that women who have adopted a baby conceive naturally later.
Unexplained infertility may get better
About 20 percent of people who had a baby with IVF can get pregnant naturally later and this is more likely to happen if the cause of infertility was unexplained.
PCOS resolves with increasing age
PCOS patients often have regular cycles after a pregnancy, with increasing age the symptoms of PCOS reduce and the hormonal environment slowly returns to normal. This usually corrects defects in ovulation and improves quality of eggs and hence prepares the women for natural conception.