Minimal Stimulation IVF, is also known as mini, micro or low stimulation in-vitro fertilization. The difference between mini and traditional IVF is the amount of medication used in the two protocols; though the process is pretty much the same. The traditional protocol uses higher doses of medications; while the ministim protocol uses less medication. Though this results in fewer eggs, the gentle stimulation caused by less medication is much easier on the body. Overall, the ultimate goal is to produce a smaller quantity of high quality eggs.
Benefits of minimal stimulation IVF:
- Less fertility medications
- Less injections (less discomfort and lower cost)
- Lower cost than most other IVF protocols
- Less risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
- Possibly better quality eggs/embryos than would be obtained in conventional IVF for a select group of women
- Possibly greater number of high quality of embryos for cryopreservation
How long is the process?
It depends on the exact type of mini IVF cycle, but it is generally around 2 weeks from the start of medications until the egg retrieval procedure. Overall, the process is identical to a traditional cycle with four main steps:
- Medication to stimulate the ovaries
- Egg retrieval
- Fertilization of the eggs with sperm
- Embryo transfer or freezing
What does mini IVF cost?
A minimal stimulation cycle costs approximately $6,300 per cycle plus the cost of medications.
Who is a good candidate for mini IVF?
- Patients with a diminished (low) ovarian reserve, who produce fewer eggs in response to drugs – regardless of the dose.
- Patients at risk for ovarian hyperstimulation; like those with PCOS
- Those already thought to have a low chance of success with traditional IVF
- Someone looking for a more natural, less medicated cycle
- Patients considering a donor egg cycle
How successful is mini IVF?
In select age groups and in patients with diminished ovarian reserve, the pregnancy rates from ministim IVF are often equivalent to those of conventional IVF. As with any fertility treatment at GENESIS, there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Our physicians review each patients’ fertility results and then together, we can help guide you in deciding the right course of action for your specific needs and goals.