What are the differences between a Mini IVF and a Natural IVF
Thanks to innovations in the field of fertility care, there are now multiple in vitro fertilization (IVF) protocols available to couples who wish to start a family. Minimal stimulation protocols take a different approach than their traditional predecessor. Instead of relying upon fertility medication to supplement a woman’s natural fertility, minimal stimulation protocols take a more holistic approach. By building upon a woman’s cycle, little to no fertility medication is needed during an IVF cycle.
New Hope Fertility Center, a premier in vitro fertilization center, offers two forms of holistic IVF protocols. Understanding the difference between the protocols can help you decide which could work best for your wants and needs.
Medication – Mini-IVF™ vs Natural IVF
Mini-IVF™ uses low doses of fertility medication to gently stimulate a woman’s body to produce multiple eggs. Medication levels are tailored to the specific needs of each woman and can therefore vary. The goal of Mini-IVF™ is to provide the level of support necessary to produce between three and five high quality eggs that are well suited for fertilization.
Natural IVF relies solely upon a woman’s natural cycle. Fertility medication is not used. Instead, the single egg that a woman produces naturally during her cycle is harvested and fertilized. Due to the absence of fertility medication, the discomfort and side effects that are often associated with it can be avoided. Additionally, this protocol makes IVF treatment available to women who are not likely to respond to fertility medication.
Embryo Transfer – Mini-IVF™ vs Natural IVF
There are two types of transfer available for in vitro fertilization cycles. A fresh transfer uses an embryo created during that cycle. In many instances, it is not ideal to transfer an embryo during the same cycle. In those instances, the embryos are frozen and transferred at a later time. This is called a frozen embryo transfer.
Mini-IVF™ cycles typically use frozen embryo transfer. This is because fertility medication can affect the uterine lining. To avoid this, embryo transfer is done during a new cycle.
Most Natural IVF cycles use fresh transfer as the uterine lining is uncompromised.
Choosing between Mini-IVF™ and Natural IVF can be difficult. The fertility care team at New Hope can help with this process. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.