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What is mini IVF treatment?

Vicken Sahakian
21 Sep 2020

Traditional IVF, or in vitro fertilization, requires daily injections of fertility medications, a process that may be too costly for some couples to try in realizing their dreams of becoming parents.

Fortunately, there are alternative fertility treatments available, like minimal stimulation IVF. Mini IVF treatment can help intended parents struggling with infertility successfully conceive with minimal use of fertility medications. This offers a more affordable, and therefore inclusive, form of IVF treatment for many couples.

What Is Mini IVF Treatment?

Mini IVF treatment is a type of fertility treatment similar to traditional IVF. Minimal stimulation IVF differs from conventional IVF in that less fertility medication is used during treatment, resulting in fewer eggs being released.

The treatment procedure is similar to conventional IVF and requires monitoring the patient’s menstrual cycle. When ovulation occurs and eggs are released, the eggs will be retrieved and fertilized in a lab to create an embryo, which is then implanted into the womb to complete the mini IVF process. 

The Advantages of Mini IVF Treatment Compared to Conventional IVF

Mini IVF offers multiple advantages over conventional IVF. One of the biggest advantages is that fewer medications are required, allowing patients to avoid daily injections of fertility hormones. The lower amount of medications required for mini IVF significantly reduces cost and the risk of developing complications such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which can occur with traditional IVF.

Due to the low dosage of fertility medications, mini IVF can be repeated back to back, allowing more opportunities to successfully conceive, while reducing the impact on the intended mother’s body. It also offers more control in successful fertilization, as you can choose to only have one or two embryos released into the womb to prevent having multiple children.

Due to the need for fewer fertility medications during the mini IVF process, reduced cost of treatment makes it a more affordable and accessible option for intended parents.

Candidates for Mini IVF Treatment

Those who have struggled to conceive may achieve their dreams of parenthood with mini IVF treatment. Great mini IVF candidates encompass women who wish to limit exposure to hormonal medications, whether due to personal preference, risk of developing OHSS, or to preserve their eggs before undergoing cancer treatment.

Ideal Mini IVF candidates include those who:

  • Are under 35 and suffer from tubal factor infertility
  • Have a fear of needles or wish to avoid daily injections of fertility medication
  • Are at higher risk of developing OHSS
  • Would like to conceive with as little hormonal stimulation as possible
  • Have low ovarian reserves that cannot be increased by traditional IVF
  • Are unable to afford traditional IVF or are looking for a more affordable option
  • Would like to reduce the risk of multiple fertilized embryos

Find out if You’re a Candidate for Mini IVF Treatment

Our clinic prides itself on offering a range of fertility treatments to those struggling with infertility, with the goal of helping intended parents successfully conceive and experience the joys of parenthood.

Our fertility experts, Drs. Vicken Sahakian and Michele Evans, can identify Mini IVF candidates and explain the entire process during scheduled patient consultations at our Los Angeles, CA-based fertility agency. To find out if you’re a candidate for Mini IVF, or to learn more about other fertility treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at the Pacific Fertility Center.

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Note: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Information provided is for general educational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Speak to your doctor directly with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Any information contained herein does not replace any care plan as determined by a physician. 

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