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Natural Pregnancy after IVF - possible?
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by rjoshua, Jun 23, 2010
Hi Ladies,

I recently gave birth to my DD after a successful IVF treatment.  I was just wandering if it is possible to get pregnant naturally after going through this procedure.  Or will we need to do IVF again to have another.  We were diagnosed as "unexplained".  

Thoughts or experiences anyone?
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by AnnieBrooke, Jun 23, 2010
Your chances of getting pregnant naturally are not made any worse by having had IVF.   A lot depends on your age and other factors, and since you don't know why you had trouble before, it's hard to say if having been pregnant will change things for the better, but at least it doesn't mean you have reduced your ability to get pregnant naturally.  
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by EcologicBlank, Jun 23, 2010
I got pregnant naturally with my son after a failed/miscarriage IVF. I too was diagnosed as unexplained.
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by seattleview, Jun 23, 2010
How long had you been TTC before resorting to IVF? I'm also wondering if I might be able to conceive naturally after having done IVF even though we were TTC for 2.5 years before this.
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by tones99, Jun 23, 2010
hi .. I know about 5 different people that had their first child through IVF after years and years trying .. only to fall pregnant naturally the next time .. and very easily too .. I think it doesn't matter if you have an IVF or natural pregnancy .. your body just recognises being pregnant much easier the second time.  Of course, if your IVF had been because of fertility problems not unexplained fertility, then you may have to have IVF for the next child.
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by tones99, Jun 23, 2010
oops .. just saw that you were unexplained .. no reason why it won't be natural next time though .. I am 39 and 11 weeks pregnant and if this pregnancy goes well and we get a bub in 6 months, we will probably use one of our frozen embies next time as I will be 41 by the time we want a 2nd and the 39 year old egg will have more chance of survival
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by seattleview, Jun 23, 2010
You truly know FIVE people who got pregnant naturally after IVF??? That number seems astonishing to me (and will probably make me overly optimistic when the time comes). How old were they for both pregnancies?
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by oceanv, Jun 23, 2010
I know of two or actually three.  They were surprise pregnancies because of course the ladies involved had IVF and didn't think they could get pregnant naturally.  Needless to say they were sooner than those three had wanted the second one to be, especially since one of them was a c-section and then bam she was pregnant way too quickly after, no complications though thankfully.
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by tones99, Jun 23, 2010
I do .. I'm not sure of the exact age of a few of them (friends of friends) but going by my friends age.. I think the IVF babies were when they were between 35-37 and the natural ones a few years after that

The 3 that are my friends were for IVF bubs: 36, 34 and 38 .. my friend who was 38 (39 when she had her bub), was planning to do IVF a while after the first and got naturally pregnant when she was still breastfeeding her 9 month old .. quite a shock!

the 34 year old had her 2nd at 37 .. they had only just started trying again.

the 36 year old was too broke to try for IVF again so was putting it off and they tried naturally for a year (with one miscarriage) before falling naturally ... I also know quite a few people who tried IVF and had miscarriages only to go on to do it naturally after .. all these people around me have kept me strong in our 4 1/2 years of TTC
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by EcologicBlank, Jun 23, 2010
I had been trying for 2 full years with no results before I did my IVF. After the IVF/miscarriage I got pregnant naturally 4 months later but miscarried. I got pregnant naturally 2 more times, an other miscarriage then a successful pregnancy that started almost 2 years later after the IVF. I believe that the IVF unblocked something in me allowing me to get pregnant on my own, not sure what though!