As Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), and traditional In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures are common, Mini-IVF is less widely known, but can provide you and your family positive results.
I haven’t heard of Mini-IVF…what is it?
Minimal stimulation in-vitro fertilization (Mini-IVF) is a form of IVF that uses less fertility medication while still maintaining high success rates. The procedure, endorsed by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), focuses on producing a small number of quality eggs by administering daily oral and semi-frequent injectable fertility medication to stimulate egg production. To ensure less invasive treatment, the patient’s egg production and maturation are monitored through blood work and ultrasound. Once the patient’s eggs mature, they are surgically removed and fertilized. Afterwards, a single egg is transferred back into the uterus, and subsequent eggs are frozen and stored using Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET).
What are the benefits of choosing Mini-IVF?
Most Mini-IVF treatment plans incorporate oral and injectable medication, but the procedure does result in less medication administered throughout the overall fertility treatment. As Mini-IVF success rates tend to be slightly lower than other IVF treatments, Mini-IVF has higher success rates than natural cycle IVF and allows for a cost-effective and more natural course of treatment. Additionally, patients tend to feel less pain and discomfort since the personalized treatment plan includes fewer injections and retrieved eggs from the uterus.
Should I be cautious when choosing Mini-IVF as my treatment?
Mini-IVF is a great option for those who do not have many eggs or for women older than 35. However, a Boston study claims younger women should exhaust other fertility options since success rates are not as high as other treatments for women under 35. Additionally, Mini-IVF may be a good treatment plan for women who have had ovarian rejuvenation treatment, a process that stimulates the ovaries for increased creation and release of eggs. Paired with this treatment, Mini-IVF does not negatively impact results from ovarian rejuvenation, as it is gentler than traditional IVF treatments on the market. Lastly, with the Mini-IVF’s less invasive approach, less eggs are collected than in traditional IVF procedures. In traditional IVF treatment, your doctor may be able to retrieve up to 15 eggs, compared to only 3-5 eggs in Mini-IVF treatment. Although the Mini-EVF treatment is half the cost of traditional IVF, Mini-IVF does not provide many remaining embryos to freeze after the single, quality egg is transferred back into the uterus.
At IVF Michigan, we know how many factors go into identifying, recommending, and choosing fertility treatment. As multiple procedures can be timely and difficult to process, please reach out to Dr. Mostafa Abuzeid and his team to see if Mini-IVF is the right treatment for you. We want to make sure your voice is heard and provide you the best treatment to increase your chances of fertility.