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What is it?
Regarding general methods used during treatment, Mini-IVF, also known as Micro-IVF, is actually very similar to traditional in vitro fertilization.As with IVF, doctors will monitor a patient throughout the cycle, retrieve eggs, fertilize the egg and sperm in a laboratory, and transfer the embryo.
The difference is in the amount of medication a doctor will use to stimulate the ovaries in order to produce eggs. While a typical IVF treatment will aim to produce several eggs for retrieval, Mini-IVF uses weaker or lower doses of medications to produce only a few eggs. Drugs such as Clomid or lower doses of gonadotropins may be administered to patients to stimulate the ovaries during Mini-IVF. The goal is to produce only a couple eggs, as opposed to many.
In addition to ovarian stimulation drugs, a patient undergoing Mini-IVF may also need to take a GnRH antagonist (like Anatagon and Cetrotide), which prevents ovulation from occurring too early, so your doctor has a chance to retrieve the eggs from your ovaries.
Why should you try it?
For starters, low-dose treatment approach of Mini-IVF makes it cheaper than conventional IVF and allows a lower risk of leading to ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, when the ovaries become dangerously enlarged with fluid due to fertility drugs.
Furthermore, although Mini-IVF costs more than other infertility treatments such as IUI, intrauterine insemination, only one embryo is implanted with Mini-IVF, reducing the risk of fertilizing multiple eggs (resulting in twins, triplets, etc.). With IUI, you cannot control how many eggs will be fertilized.