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Natural cycle IVF should be used more frequently

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:318
  1. Peter Moore
  1. London

    In vitro fertilisation treatment that does not involve ovarian stimulation could be a cost effective option for some infertile couples, a new study has concluded (Human Reproduction 2001;16:221-5).

    The researchers claim that not stimulating a woman's ovaries has several advantages: it is safer and less stressful, the treatment can be repeated over consecutive cycles, and it reduces the cost of each treatment cycle by up to 75%. They put the cost of unstimulated IVF at just under £400, and stimulated at £1717, the difference being accounted for by the extra drugs (£625) and extra monitoring to …

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