What are the Benefits and Risks of Minimal Stimulation IVF?

Posted on March 31, 2016 by NYRW

If you are struggling to conceive a child, in vitro fertilization (IVF) may offer your best chance of getting pregnant. While highly successful, IVF does have some drawbacks. For example, IVF usually requires you to take fertility drugs that come with unpleasant side effects. And traditional IVF can result in multiple pregnancies. One way to avoid these potential issues is through minimal stimulation IVF offered at our New York fertility clinic. You'll receive a lower dose of fertility medications and we are better able to craft an individualized plan for your body. The result is a high success rate paired with a better experience for you.

What are the benefits of minimal stimulation IVF?

  • With mini-IVF, we can tailor fertility drugs to your body’s unique needs. Our goals is quality, not quantity. Therefore, we aim to harvest three to five high quality eggs. Since we don’t need as many eggs, you’ll need to take much less medication, and that means fewer side effects. Mini-IVF also dramatically lessens the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation.
  • When your body produces large numbers of eggs, you can experience some discomfort. Since you’re producing far fewer eggs, you usually experience far less discomfort during the cycle.
  • During mini-IVF, we transfer only one embryo into your uterus. Additional embryos are frozen and stored for future cycles. Because of this, there’s no chance of having a multiple pregnancy. which is much less risky for both mom and baby. And there’s no evidence to suggest that transferring multiple embryos during an IVF cycle significantly increases pregnancy rates.
  • With mini-IVF, there’s no waiting period necessary between cycles. You’ll be able to start again immediately, if necessary.

Are there risks?

Mini-IVF is not without some risks. You will take some fertility drugs which come with side effects. However, the severity of any adverse effects is drastically less than with traditional IVF treatment or natural cycle IVF.

Given its benefits, minimal stimulation IVF is becoming a very popular treatment at fertility clinics in New York City. If you’re ready to learn more about mini-IVF at our fertility clinic NYC, please call us today. We’d love to talk with you about how this treatment is helping couples conceive and have happy, healthy babies.



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