The beauty of customizing our IVF protocols is that we’ve been able to create innovative techniques to help women with complicated health histories get pregnant. One such method, developed by our Senior Medical Associate Dr. Lyndon Chang, is our Luteal Phase Stimulation protocol. Because of his experience with women with previous IVF failures, Dr. Chang has been able to develop the LPS protocol to help women with complex health histories, reporting a recent pregnancy using this method just last week.
As we’ve explained in previous posts, the Luteal Phase is Day 14 through 28 of the woman’s cycle and occurs directly after ovulation (when the egg is released and the body is ready for pregnancy or implantation). While typical IVF egg retrievals occur directly before ovulation, in some instances other eggs that began to develop can be retrieved during the luteal phase in order to increase a woman’s chances of having more than one viable egg during her IVF cycle.
Our recent IVF success story using the LPS protocol helped a 42-year-old get pregnant with Natural Cycle IVF. Because of a complicated health history (the patient had a prior kidney transplant and was deemed an IVF non-responder after failing three cycles elsewhere), we opted for this less invasive treatment, which relies on close monitoring and no fertility medications.
Since the initial retrieval did not produce a good quality egg, Dr. Chang and Ms. 42 decided to try to retrieve an egg during her Luteal Phase, two weeks after her first retrieval. After cryopreserving the Luteal Phase embryo using our vitrification technique and performing a frozen embryo transfer in her next cycle, she got pregnant — despite never being able to get pregnant before with conventional IVF care.
Congratulations to Dr. Chang and the New Hope team on the successful application of this unique IVF protocol! We look forward to reporting more successes using the Luteal Phase Stimulation technique.