Mini IVF, also known as low-intensity IVF or mild or minimal ovarian stimulation IVF, is rapidly gaining in popularity. With mini IVF, a milder and more natural ovarian stimulation is used in place of the standard IVF stimulation. Arguments in favor of this type of IVF are:
Oral medications such as Clomiphene Citrate and Femara are used to stimulate the ovaries in place of the usual injectable gonadotropins (Follistim, Gonal-F or Menopur). On occasion mixed protocols with oral medications and gonadotropins are used, but the total amount of gonadotropins used is a fraction of what is normally used in a standard IVF cycle. The intent usually is to produce less than eight eggs (oocytes).
How successful mini IVF is depends on who you ask. Some reports suggest a pregnancy rate comparable with conventional IVF, while others report a much lower pregnancy rate. The reality is that, as with conventional IVF, factors such as the woman’s age, her ovarian reserve, and the medications used affect the success of mini IVF. Women with normal ovarian reserve should have better results than women with diminished ovarian reserve (high FSH and or low AMH). Similarly, younger women should be more successful than older.
Mini IVF is available at Troché Fertility Centers. For further information or questions please contact Troché Fertility Centers for a consultation.
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