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.
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.