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Have you heard the term Mini IVF? You probably want to know if this is actual IVF or less than IVF, how it works, and who can benefit from this procedure.

How Mini IVF works

Mini IVF is alternatively referred to as Micro IVF or minimal-stimulation IVF. Whatever term you prefer, this procedure is very similar to traditional invitro fertilization. Mini IVF is a procedure during which egg and sperm cells are retrieved from their respective origins and brought together in a lab setting to create am embryo just like what happens during regular IVF. The women who is hoping to achieve a pregnancy is monitored in the same manner that you would see in traditional IVF as well.

There is one crucial difference, and that is what makes Mini IVF "less invasive".

Instead of using medications such as Gonal-F to hyperstimulate the woman's ovaries with the goal of retrieving as many eggs as possible, gentler medications are normally used. The ovulation-inducing drug Clomid is frequently used, but lower doses of gonadotropins are another possibility. Natural-cycle IVF, during which no fertility drugs are used and only the egg that was released naturally in that cycle is harvested, is yet another option. This last option is viable only for certain IVF candidates. Those who have ovulation problems are obviously excluded, for instance.

Mini IVF may have a less invasive impact on your body, and minimizes the chance of dangerous side effects such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). It is also considerably less expensive than traditional IVF. You can expect to pay two to three times more for traditional IVF. You may, on the other hand, need to undergo many cycles of Mini IVF to get pregnant. Traditional IVF offers the benefit of often having surplus eggs and resulting embryos after one cycle. This means that egg retrieval an unpleasant procedure does not have to be repeated for each and every cycle.

Who can choose Mini IVF

Women who have normal menstrual cycles and who ovulate naturally, are younger, and have normal hormone levels may be good candidates for Mini IVF. These women may suffer from blocked fallopian tubes, a very common reason for infertility and a frequent reason to turn to IVF as well. Their partners may have sperm count or sperm quality issues. These women may have been trying to get pregnant using intrauterine insemination (IUI) and have not been successful. Or they could have decided to forego the option of taking Clomid to conceive because of the very high chance of conceiving twins. Some fertility clinics point out that there is another group of women who may benefit from Mini IVF.

It is apparent that young and relatively healthy women may be good candidates for "IVF light". But the other group that may opt to undergo Mini IVF instead of regular invitro fertilization is the group of women with lower chances of success. Older women and those who respond poorly to the fertility medications normally used in regular IVF may choose to try to obtain fewer eggs at a lower cost through Mini IVF.

Some fertility doctors speculate that this could even result in better-quality eggs. If you had not heard of Mini IVF before reading this post, or had heard the term but had no idea what it meant, there is a reason for that. Mini IVF is still a fairly new procedure. Not all that much is known about its success rates, and how it ultimately compares to traditional IVF. If you are considering Mini IVF as an option for yourself, I suggest you seek out as many fertility clinics as possible to have a discussion about its pros and cons.

Try to find out what their success rates are, but also what fertility treatment they believe to be most suitable for you. You could also follow news and scholarly articles about Mini IVF for a while to help you make a more informed decision.