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Why the Mini-IVF™ is Less Invasive and More Cost-Effective

Baby and Mother (4)-1The Mini-IVF™ is less invasive and more cost-effective than Conventional IVF because significantly less fertility medications are used. – Dr. Zaher Merhi – New Hope’s Director of Research and Development in IVF Technologies – as quoted in Parents. This helps keep the patient’s cost down and minimizes the amount of hormones a woman is taking into her body. You don’t actually need as much medication to help conception since the medication doesn’t create eggs, it only fosters the growth of the eggs that are already there. – Dr. Merhi (Parents )

Mini-IVF™ Fertility Medications

According to Dr. Merhi, [m]edication is like egg food, so if you have a lot of eggs, then a lot of medication may be fine because there’s numerous eggs to feed. If you have a low number of eggs, then all you need is a little bit of food. In other words, the amount of medication administered during a Mini-IVF™ cycle is tailored specifically for each patient based on her egg reserve.

As reported by Fox News, the Mini-IVF™ is an alternative to Conventional IVF that has been practiced successfully for years by Dr. Zaher Merhi. As explained by Dr. Merhi, the Mini-IVF™ is less taxing on a woman’s body because only small amounts of fertility medications are administered during a cycle.

Benefits of Mini-IVF™

Because less medication is used during a Mini-IVF, women may not have an intolerable experience of unpleasant symptoms such as extreme swelling/bloating, night sweats, and weight gain as they do during a Conventional IVF.

  • It’s very similar to IVF but you’re not stimulating the ovaries too much with high doses of medication. – Dr. Merhi Fox News
  • There is this feeling that high doses of shots can be detrimental to the quality of eggs. – Merhi Fox News

The Mini-IVF™ is an option for women who may respond better to lower doses of fertility medication. This protocol may help women produce higher quality eggs for fertilization. Pregnancy success rates for Mini-IVF are comparable to Conventional IVF without the high cost of large quantities of fertility medication.

Mini-IVF™ Protocol

Although medication regimens vary based on the patient’s medical needs, this gentle IVF protocol includes:

  • One Clomid pill consumed daily
  • No more than one to three injections of Menopur
  • A simple nasal spray of Synarel 36 hours prior to egg retrieval instead of repeated progesterone shots

Because the Mini-IVF protocol uses lower dosages of fertility medications, a woman only produces 3 to 5 high quality eggs. With a Mini-IVF™ protocol, the patient’s physical discomfort is lessened because her body is not forced into producing the 10 to 15 eggs typically reached in a Conventional IVF cycle.

  • A fertility medication regimen to produce 3 to 5 quality eggs
  • Cycle monitoring through ultrasound imaging and blood tests
  • Surgical egg retrieval
  • Fertilization of egg and sperm in vitro via (ICSI)
  • Culture and monitoring of embryo(s) via EmbryoScope technology
  • Grading and selection of quality embryo(s) for fresh transfer and/or future (FET)
  • Single Embryo Transfer (SET)

Mini-IVF™ Cost

Because less fertility medications are used, the Mini-IVF is more affordable than Conventional IVF. Contact New Hope Fertility Center for most current pricing on our fee for the Mini-IVF procedure. Our quoted fee will not include the cost of fertility medications, which can range up to $1,500.

Mini-IVF™ Pregnancy Success Rates

Mini-IVF™ is the preferred protocol for women who do not have many eggs remaining in their ovarian reserve – common for patients over the age of 35. Mini-IVF™ pregnancy success rates for women over 35 were a third higher than for Conventional IVF. Women in their 40s were two times more likely to have a baby using Mini-IVF™ compared to if they had undergone Conventional IVF.

Yearly data on IVF success rates is a rich source of information for potential IVF patients. This data gives patients an idea of their average chances of pregnancy success through IVF. At New Hope Fertility Center, IVF success rates vary in the context of patient and treatment characteristics:

  • Age
  • Infertility diagnosis
  • History of previous pregnancies
  • History of previous miscarriages
  • Number of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen embryo transfers
  • Number of embryos transferred in a single cycle
  • IVF protocol recommended
  • IVF ancillary procedures used – ICSI, Assisted Hatching, In Vitro Maturation
  • Genetic testing to select only quality embryos for transfer – PGD, PGS/NGS
  • Gender Selection

At New Hope Fertility Center, we welcome difficult patients – those previously diagnosed by other fertility specialists as hopelessly infertile.

  • No age restriction
  • No FSH level requirement
  • No requirement to produce multiple eggs per cycle

World Renowned Mini-IVF™ Expertise

It is important to work with Mini-IVF™ experts having the expertise to design a customized treatment plan meeting your financial and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation with one of the world renowned Mini-IVF experts at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 917.525.5496.

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