Minimal stimulation IVF (MSIVF) -- sometimes called mini IVF, soft IVF, or micro IVF treatment -- offers an alternative that is both cost efficient and potentially less stressful. For many couples, it is an excellent option.


What is Minimal Stimulation IVF?

With traditional IVF, the woman takes a number of drugs designed to stimulate egg production. For most women, it’s necessary to at the very least take hormonal drugs to suppress ovulation. Then, the woman takes another set of hormonal drugs to encourage the body to develop multiple eggs.

When a woman produces multiple eggs at once, this increases the odds of at least one egg being successfully fertilized and then developing into a healthy embryo that then becomes a healthy baby.

These drugs are highly effective. For women under 35, the odds of success with an IVF cycle are at least 40%. Even older women experience high success rates of 25% or greater. So there’s good reason to use these drugs. However, fertility drugs increase the time and expense associated with IVF.



The drawbacks of fertility
drugs include:

  • Having to make multiple visits to the fertility clinic. That means more expense, more time taken off of work, and more inconvenience.
  • Having to give yourself injections at home. Many couples find this emotionally and physically exhausting.
  • Paying for expensive fertility drugs. Most couples pay for fertility treatment out of pocket, and fertility drugs are a major factor driving the expense of IVF.
  • Side effects associated with fertility drugs. Fertility drugs are safe, especially when used appropriately under the watchful eye of a skilled doctor. However, many women experience mild side effects such as mood swings or weight gain. This can feel frustrating, especially to couples who already feel demoralized by the pain and frustrations inherent to infertility.
  • A risk of ovarian hyperstimulation. This can cause painful, swollen ovaries. In very rare cases, it may trigger more severe complications.
  • Multiple pregnancies. Multiple pregnancies are much more common with IVF. This can increase the risk and difficulty of pregnancy, and multiples most costs associated with having children. Some couples cannot afford multiple children, or worry about their ability to appropriately care for multiple newborns. At the Center of Reproductive Medicine, it is our standard protocol to transfer only one embryo.



Benefits of Minimal
Stimulation IVF

Less reliance on hormones
With fewer drugs to take and fewer clinic visits, the couple will have to pay less, and can therefore potentially try multiple IVF cycles.
Lower costs
With fewer drugs to take and fewer clinic visits, the couple will have to pay less, and can therefore potentially try multiple IVF cycles.
Few or no injections
With fewer drugs to take and fewer clinic visits, the couple will have to pay less, and can therefore potentially try multiple IVF cycles.
No risk of ovarian hyperstimulation
With fewer drugs to take and fewer clinic visits, the couple will have to pay less, and can therefore potentially try multiple IVF cycles.

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