The Benefits and Risks of Minimal Stimulation IVF
For many couples who have struggled while trying to conceive, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, can be the answer. People often think that IVF treatment requires large doses of fertility medication in order to be successful. That is not the case. Our highly successful minimal stimulation IVF protocol, Mini IVF, allows our doctors to prescribe the right amount of fertility medication for your body. This individualized approach results in high success rates and quality health care.
There are several benefits to using minimal stimulation IVF:
- We are able to tailor fertility medication levels to the unique needs of your body. With Mini IVF, our goal is to produce between three and five high quality eggs. Because our goal is quality not quantity, far less fertility medication is necessary resulting in fewer side effects. The risk of ovarian hyperstimulation is virtually eliminated with the Mini IVF protocol.
- There can be discomfort associated with producing large numbers of eggs with traditional IVF protocols. Because there are fewer eggs being matured, there is often less discomfort during the cycle.
- We promote single embryo transfer as a part of Mini IVF, where only one embryo is transferred back into your uterus. Any surplus embryos may be frozen and stored for future cycles. This process nearly eliminates the likelihood of a multiple pregnancy which has risks for both the mother and child. Research has found that transferring multiple embryos does not significantly increase the rate of pregnancy.
- There is no waiting period necessary between cycles
While minimal stimulation IVF is safer, there are some risks involved:
- Because some fertility medications are used, there may be some associated side effects. The likelihood and severity of these side effects is significantly less than with traditional IVF treatment.
Are you interested in learning more about minimal stimulation IVF and how we can help you achieve your dream of becoming a parent? A member of our fertility care team would be happy to schedule an appointment for you and answer any questions you may have. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.