Minimal stimulation IVF or also referred to as mini IVF, has been gaining much popularity these days. It’s a more natural and mild ovarian stimulation procedure that is often an alternative to standard IVF stimulation. It’s an easier, more cost-effective and beneficial IVF procedure to help your body produce higher quality eggs for your fertility needs.
Benefits of Minimal Stimulation IVF
This procedure is performed with the intent of recruiting just a few higher quality eggs in order to eliminate any hyperstimulation risks. It cuts back on the cost of medicines significantly and reduces how many injections you need. If you have been through a conventional IVF stimulation procedure and have produced poor quality embryos, mini IVF can improve the quality of your embryos dramatically which often leads to pregnancy, even if you were considered a ‘hopeless case’.
There are a number of other benefits with Mini IVF with some including:
- Fertility drugs can be tailored to the own unique needs of your body. The goal with mini IVF is the quality of eggs received and not the quantity. Because it’s not required to harvest a lot of eggs, this means fewer side effects for you and less medication you will have to take. It also reduces your risk of ovarian hyperstimulation drastically.
- You can feel some discomfort when your body produces a lot of eggs. With this procedure, however, you experience less discomfort since your body is only producing a few quality eggs instead.
- Only one embryo is transferred into your uterus during mini IVF. If you produce more than one embryo, they are frozen and saved for future cycle use. This eliminates the risk of having a multiple pregnancy. Furthermore, transferring multiple embryos to the uterus during an IVF procedure doesn’t necessarily increase your chances of getting pregnant.
- You don’t have to wait for any length of time between cycles with minimal stimulation IVF and if needed, you can start again right away.
To help regulate your cycle, you can take a round of birth control pills before starting your mini IVF procedure. To see if you are a good candidate for the procedure, your doctor will likely give you an ultrasound and if all looks well, he will attempt to boost ovulation by prescribing you clomiphene citrate which helps your body in producing more eggs.
Your doctor will then give you an injection of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) once your follicles are completely mature and ripe. The rest of the IVF will be performed in the normal fashion where your egg is retrieved, fertilized and the embryo is transferred.
Many couples are looking for a way to reduce the amount of time it takes to become pregnant, reduce the cost and reduce the side effects associated with standard IVF. You can see if your fertility clinic or doctor offers the mini IVF procedure if you are interested. It’s a very simple and effective IVF procedure with a good success rate.