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What is a Light IVF

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is commonly understood to be a great tool in treating fertility issues.  IVF can address both male and female fertility concerns making it ideal for many couples.  Over the past few years a number of new IVF protocols have been developed to maintain high levels of success while reducing the amount of medical intervention needed.  

Light IVF is an alternative to traditional in vitro fertilization treatment that uses reduced amounts of fertility medication.  Also known as minimal stimulation, or mini IVF, Light IVF uses a woman’s natural fertility as a foundation for fertility care.  Rather than prescribing large doses of fertility medication, Mini IVF prescribes only the level of medication needed to promote the growth and maturation of three to five eggs.  The eggs that are developed through a minimal stimulation protocol are typically healthier and better suited for fertilization than their traditional counterparts, which increases the overall success rates of the procedure.  Additionally, embryos that result from minimal stimulation IVF protocols are more likely to result in live births.2015-8

During a light in vitro fertilization cycle:

  • Each woman is monitored closely with blood work and ultrasound
  • At the appropriate time, a woman will be instructed to take Clomid, an oral fertility medication
  • Once her body is ready, a woman may be prescribed between one and three doses of Menopur, an injectable fertility medication.
  • Synarel, a nasal spray may be prescribed
  • Once the eggs have reached the optimal maturation, they will be retrieved during an outpatient procedure
  • The retrieved eggs are then fertilized in our laboratory using either your partner’s or donor sperm
  • An embryo is then transferred directly back into the mother’s uterus.  

In the event of surplus embryos, we suggest that couples freeze and store them using vitrification. We believe in single embryo transfer.  Research has found that transferring does not improve the odds of getting pregnant.  However, transferring more than one embryo does increase the likelihood of multiples, which results in health risks for both mother and child.

For additional information on Light IVF or to schedule an appointment with one of our fertility experts, please contact us today. 

 

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