A Natural, Low Dose, Reduced or Minimal stimulation IVF (often called a Mini IVF) is really just a subset of IVF that uses a reduced medication protocol designed to recruit a few (but high quality) eggs.
Mini IVF is good for options for many reasons including:
Low or Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR): Women with DOR may not respond well to the stimulating medications anyway, so taking fewer medications doesn’t mean fewer eggs.
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS): Those at risk for OHSS like those with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) may be a good candidate to reduce the risk of hyperstimulated ovaries.
Costs: You will save money on medications. Know, however, by taking fewer medications there is a chance fewer embryos are made meaning you may have to do another more costly IVF cycle rather than using your remaining frozen embryos for an affordable FET (FETs within one year of your IVF cycle are only $250).
Some feel that this treatment protocol is more in line with their philosophical beliefs as it reduces the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation as well as reduces the chance of having a large number of remaining embryos after attaining a clinical pregnancy. While there are many suitable options to dealing with these remaining embryos including storing them for the future, discarding them, and our favorite at CNY, embryo donation, many would prefer not to have to make this choice at all.
Although there is no one definition of a reduced/minimal stimulation (Mini) IVF protocol, the steps are generally similar to a standard IVF cycle (only with less medications). That is, a Mini IVF cycle still consists of a baseline, follicular development, egg and sperm retrieval and preparation, fertilization, embryo development, embryo transfer, and the establishment of clinical pregnancy.
To learn more about IVF and the cost of both standard and “mini” procedures, head to our standard IVF page.
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