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How Does Mini-IVF™ Avoid Some of the Side Effects Associated with Conventional IVF

Conventional IVF can be a useful and successful treatment for certain patients.  Using injected medications daily, a woman’s ovaries are stimulated so they produce a large number of eggs for harvesting. Although a large number of eggs is produced, not all of them will be suitable for fertilization and implantation.  Once retrieved, the eggs are analyzed by our embryologists and the ones that are viable are fertilized.

Side Effects of Conventional IVF Treatment

minimal stimulation ivfThere are common side effects associated with conventional IVF treatment:

    • Pain at the injection site
    • Multiple births (twins/triplets etc)
    • Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
OHSS is common in patients who undergo Conventional IVF treatment.  Because the ovaries are stimulated to produce a large number of eggs, the ovaries can become overstimulated and swell, filling with fluid.  When the eggs are retrieved, some of the fluid can move into the patient’s abdomen causing complications like shortness of breath, abdominal pain, vomiting and constipation.  Severe cases of OHSS require hospitalization.

Minimal Stimulation IVF Options

New Hope Fertility Center offers two more holistic IVF treatment protocols that work with your body’s natural fertility to achieve pregnancy. These treatments are as effective as Conventional IVF.

Natural Cycle IVF uses no medication to stimulate ovulation.  Instead, this treatment works with your body’s natural cycle to retrieve the one egg that matures naturally.  Natural Cycle IVF eliminates the side effects associated with injections of fertility medication.  Natural IVF typically occurs during one cycle:

    • Your body’s natural cycle is monitored through blood work and ultrasound.
    • Once the egg has matured, it is harvested using local anesthesia.
    • The egg is fertilized using your partner’s or donor sperm.
    • The fertilized egg is placed into the uterus for implantation.
Mini-IVF™ uses a minimal amount of oral medication and three-to-six injections throughout the cycle to stimulate your ovaries to produce approximately three-to-five high quality eggs.  This process eliminates the pain of multiple injections and the discomfort associated with producing a high number of eggs. Mini-IVF™ occurs over two cycles:

Cycle One

    • Around day three of your cycle you begin taking Clomid, an oral fertility medication, as well as a few injections.
    • Your progress is monitored using blood work and ultrasound.
    • A trigger medication is administered to prompt maturation of eggs and time ovulation.
    • Eggs are retrieved using local anesthesia.
    • The egg is fertilized using your partner’s or donor sperm.
    • The embryo is frozen and stored until the second cycle.

Cycle Two

    • Your body’s natural cycle is monitored through blood work and ultrasound.
    • When ovulation is confirmed, the transfer is scheduled when your body is ready and the embryo is placed into the uterus for implantation.
    • We suggest single egg transfer (SET) as additional embryos produced can remain frozen for future use.
For additional information about Natural Cycle and Mini-IVF treatment protocols or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.  Since 2004, New Hope Fertility Center’s world class specialists have helped patients achieve their dream of parenthood.

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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, Mini-IVF, IVF

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