Natural and Mini-Stim IVF

Other IVF Options

New York Reproductive Wellness offers Natural and Mini-Stim IVF to patients wanting to eliminate or reduce the amount of hormone stimulating medications that are often associated with IVF. Natural and Mini-stimulates IVF also reduces costs by up to 30% to 50%. Discuss if Natural or Mini-stim IVF is right for you with your NYRW physician.

Natural and Mini-Stim IVF

At New York Reproductive Wellness we believe that patients should have options when it comes to the amount of medications used when undergoing an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, which is why we offer Natural and Mini-Stim IVF.

What is Natural IVF?

Natural IVF is an in vitro fertilization cycle where no medication is used to help stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple follicles and eggs. Naturally only one egg is available for conception each month.

In a typical IVF cycle, a physician will carefully prescribe medication to a female patient in order to stimulate her ovaries to produce more follicles and eggs in order to retrieve more eggs that can be frozen and stored for later use. The likelihood of a successful pregnancy may be lower with a natural IVF cycle, but some women prefer not to couple their treatment with medications for personal, financial, or medical reasons.

What is Mini-IVF?

A Mini-Stim IVF cycle is in between a natural IVF cycle and a standard IVF cycle in terms of medication usage. Where a Natural IVF cycle does not use any medication to stimulate a woman’s ovaries, a Mini-Stim IVF cycle uses low doses of Clomid or gonadotropins to stimulate the ovaries to a degree.

Using low doses of ovary stimulating medication may increase the chances that a women’s ovaries will produce multiple follicles and eggs, but not as much as a typical IVF cycle with a protocol that calls for a higher dosage of medications.

Natural or Mini-Stim IVF may be the right choice if you:

  • Have a condition like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which would put you at a higher risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  • Have a history of hormone related cancer
  • Are under 35 years old
  • Have high follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels
  • Have the ability to produce a large number of eggs in a single cycle
  • Have tubal factor infertility
  • Do not have male factor infertility
  • Do not like needles
  • Do not want to take a lot of fertility medication
  • Want a cheaper alternative to traditional IVF
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