Minimal stimulation in vitro fertilization (mini IVF) is a treatment option that can deliver excellent results for certain patient populations, including the following:
- Patients at risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
- Patients with fertility challenges due to tubal structural abnormalities
- Patients who are unable to safely take regular doses of fertility drugs due to existing health concerns
What Is Mini IVF?
Mini IVF is a procedure that does not require the daily administration of fertility medications to facilitate the development of mature eggs. It requires only low doses of fertility drugs in conjunction with your natural cycle. When no stimulating drugs are used, the procedure is considered “natural IVF.”
What Is Mini IVF Protocol?
If you elect to use some fertility medications, minimal stimulation mini IVF protocols involve approximately 100 mg per day (or lower) of orally administered clomiphene citrate. These are to be taken between the third day of your cycle until the last stage of the egg. There are also relatively low-dose injections of hormones that stimulate follicle production before egg retrieval.
When Is Mini IVF Used?
Minimal stimulation is a viable option for patients who are younger than 35 years of age. It may also be a preferable alternative for patients for whom daily hormone injections could present medical complications. Younger, cis-female same-sex couples might prefer mini IVF or natural IVF if infertility isn’t a factor.
However, it might not be ideal in certain situations. Patients for whom male factor infertility is a contributing cause of unsuccessful conception might not be good candidates.
What Are the Benefits of Mini IVF?
Patients might want to consider minimal stimulation treatment if they have concerns about receiving high dosages of gonadotropin medications, which can trigger unpleasant side effects in some circumstances. Additionally, it might result in a lower likelihood of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which can lead to complications during pregnancy and sometimes severe physical discomfort.
If you are concerned about creating multiple remaining embryos, mini IVF may be a better option than standard IVF. The minimal stimulation procedure typically only generates small numbers of embryos for immediate transfer or cryopreservation.
Can I Have Mini IVF After Tubal Ligation?
Yes! Many patients who want to experience pregnancy after tubal ligation might consider mini IVF rather than undergo a tubal ligation reversal procedure. We will be more than happy to provide a comprehensive evaluation to see if mini IVF after tubal ligation will likely yield successful outcomes.
While we have achieved excellent results for many tubal ligation patients, every patient’s circumstances differ.
What Are Mini IVF Success Rates?
Mini IVF success rates can vary depending on your age and other factors. However, we are incredibly proud to have helped hundreds of patients achieve healthy pregnancies after mini IVF procedures. Please get in touch with our team to learn more about Pacific Reproductive Center’s mini IVF success rates.
Is Mini IVF Right for Me?
Your fertility struggles, preferences, and goals will determine whether mini IVF offers the best potential for a successful pregnancy. During your consultation with the team at PRC, we will help you better understand your treatment options and work with you to discover which treatments or combination of treatments will deliver the best chances of success. We also have this IVF FAQs page to provide you with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the treatment.
Can I Have Mini IVF Near Me?
Pacific Reproductive Center has helped patients throughout Southern California experience healthy pregnancies for over two decades. To schedule an appointment at our Torrance, Glendale, Irvine, or Corona centers, please call 424-340-0871 to talk to our team of reproductive specialists today.