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Does An Ultra Mini IVF Really Work?

hands-plant.jpgThe popularity of minimal drug or fertility medication-free options for resolving infertility has soared in recent years as doctors around the world have realized significant amounts of hormone injections aren't always necessary for successful results. The biggest question in the mind of patients is whether or not these more holistic, alternative options work comparable to Conventional IVF.

Exploring The Ultra Mini-IVF

The Mini-IVF protocol is a great alternative to Conventional IVF, both in cost and level of comfort because of the reduced number of prescribed injectable fertility drugs. The Ultra Mini-IVF protocol further increases the patient's comfort level because no injections are prescribed. Instead, additional oral medication is used as well as a nasal spray, making the worries of giving yourself injections a thing of the past. At only 1-2 pills a day, the Ultra Mini-IVF allows the medication portion of the fertility treatment process to be a breeze, and completely painless.

The Pros Of Ultra Mini-IVF

Ultra Mini-IVF brings with it positives that other infertility treatments don't have. Additionally, for women who have suffered through the painful injection phase of conventional therapies, there is little more welcome than knowing you won't have to deal with them again.

On the list of pros of Ultra Mini-IVF are:

  • Lower medication cost than conventional IVF
  • Chance of higher quality eggs for freezing
  • Reduce health risks associated with ovarian hyperstimulation
  • Lower risk of cancer that comes with higher dose drugs
  • Injection-free treatment
  • No long waits between retrieval cycles

The Success of Mini-IVF

The success rates for Mini-IVF and Ultra Mini-IVF are similar. For older women, the success of Mini-IVF just can't be beaten. An American Society for Reproductive Medicine found that women over 40 virtually doubled their success rate with Mini-IVF treatment when compared with women who underwent Conventional IVF treatment.

In general, medication for the Mini-IVF™ treatment includes one Clomid pill consumed daily, no more than one to three injections of Menopur, and a simple nasal spray of Synarel or an equivalent medicine administered 36 hours prior to egg retrieval. Synarel avoids the need for repeated progesterone injections, which are typically used after the transfer step in conventional IVF. However, because we customize protocols to each individual patient, treatment may vary from case to case. We also have Ultra-Mini-IVF™ cycles that consists of only oral stimulation medications –usually 1-2 pills per day.

Mini-IVF™ minimizes the amount of chemicals and drugs used in fertility treatments. Mini-IVF™ may increase the chances of pregnancy and may provide surplus embryos to freeze for a later cycle.

Mini-IVF™ may be the right fit for you if you are looking to reduce health risks and discomfort caused by ovarian hyper stimulation (OHSS), to eliminate the pain of daily drug injections (which can be 20-60 per cycle), to reduce the high cost of drugs in conventional IVF protocols, to avoid the wait time of two to three months between cycles, and to minimize the potential risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer from prolonged use of high-dose IVF drugs.

Learn More About Minimal Stimulation IVF

New Hope Fertility Center has successfully been performing Mini-IVF treatments for years. We provide a variety of fertility services including egg freezing in our New York location. We would love to make your family one of our next success stories. To learn more about Ultra Mini-IVF or any of our other IVF protocols, schedule your initial consultation with one of our fertility experts today. Please click the link below to enter your information online and we will contact you - or - simply call 917.525.5496.

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