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Natural IVF or Minimal Stimulation - Which is Right For You

With the number of in vitro fertilization (IVF) protocols available, deciding which option is best suited for your needs can be a challenge.  Your fertility care team at New Hope Fertility Center will review all available options with you and learn your personal goals and preferences to build your individual care plan.  Understanding the difference between our two holistic approaches to in vitro fertilization, minimal and natural, can help you make better informed decisions.

Minimal Stimulation In Vitro Fertilization

Minimal stimulation (Mini) IVF is a fertility protocol that uses low amounts of fertility medication to gently enhance your body’s natural fertility.  Mini IVF takes into consideration the individual needs of each patient and prescribes the amount of medication needed to produce between three and five high quality eggs.   While traditional IVF protocols can result in larger quantities of eggs, our minimal stimulation approach results in eggs that are of a high quality, suitable for fertilization and maintaining a pregnancy. 

Medication prescribed during a minimal stimulation cycle may include:pgd

  • Clomid taken orally
  • Between one and three injections of Menopur
  • Nasal spray of Synarel

Additionally, New Hope also has an Ulta-Mini protocol that only uses oral medication.  Minimal Stimulation protocols are ideal for women who:

  • Wish to decrease the likelihood of developing OHSS
  • Are looking to reduce or eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with injectable fertility medication
  • Want to make an IVF protocol more affordable due to the reduced fertility medication
  • Eliminate the need to wait between cycles

Natural In Vitro Fertilization

Natural in vitro fertilization does not use fertility medication to promote ovulation.  Instead, eggs your body makes naturally are harvested and fertilized.  Through constant monitoring by blood work and ultrasound, we are able to determine the best time for egg retrieval.  This egg is both the healthiest and most likely to result in pregnancy. 

Natural in vitro fertilization may be a good fit for:

  • Women over age 35
  • Women who wish to avoid fertility medication and the associated side effects
  • Women who are not likely to produce multiple eggs when receiving fertility medication

Make an appointment today to speak with one of our fertility care specialists.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

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