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Minimal Stimulation IVF on the rise

New low-tech approach is nearly as effective as more expensive and invasive traditional methods

Many fertility clinics are now offering a ‘kinder, gentler’ IVF. Known as ‘minimal stimulation’ IVF, it uses fewer, and milder drugs and requires less frequent trips to the doctor’s office. And despite its low-tech approach, a pilot study showed the treatment to be at least as effective as traditional IVF, and a hell of a lot less pricey.

You get fewer eggs each cycle, but it’s more patient-friendly, less costly and with lower risk to the patient experts say it’s a great alternative for older women, who produce fewer eggs anyway in response to drugs – regardless of the dose.
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