A couple has been trying to conceive for some time and decided to go for fertility treatments. Opting for infertility treatment is an expensive affair and couples need doctor’s advice to opt which treatment to go for. Having spent a fortune on IUI and IVF and none of the treatments were fruitful leaving behind many side effects.
Then came up the concept of mini IVF which came in place of traditional IVF, this treatment has been in use but hasn’t gained much popularity. Mini IVF uses fewer doses of medicines and results are quite promising leaving a healthy feeling body.
What is mini-IVF?
Mini-IVF or “minimal stimulation IVF,” otherwise called as “mild stimulation IVF” is a treatment like the traditional IVF but uses fewer doses of medicines to stimulate the ovaries. Mini IVF is a viable option for women whose body responds to fewer doses of hormone medications. Using Mini IVF improved quality of eggs are achieved.
Whilst high dosages of stimulating hormone medications can harm the quality of eggs. In traditional IVF, daily visits to the doctor is essential and in mini IVF it requires less medications. However, each women’s body reacts differently to medicines.
As mini IVF uses less doses of medicines, its cost effective than traditional IVF. IVF treatment costs around $12,000 to $15,000, and mini IVF costs around $4000.
Some disadvantages of Mini-IVF are:
Mini IVF doesn’t do any magic, IVF is the most popular and successful treatments as it uses medication which yields a large number of eggs according to the research done by the Missouri Centre for Infertility.
According to the research, it’s evident that the when women age, the chances to conceive reduce and the success of the live birth ratio depends on the number of embryos which are generated. In IVF the number of eggs and the quality and quantity go hand in hand.
Since Mini IVF uses fewer doses of medications, hence it needs more cycles for the treatment to be successful. In mini IVF since fewer eggs are produced, the rate of success also lowers. In women aged below 35 upon taking mini IVF treatment the rate of success is 23.1% and for women aged above 35 to 40 the rate of success is 6.2%. For women below 35, the ratio of success is the highest recording 31.9%.
In a research done by the New Hope Fertility Center, the results published were that the live birth rate in mini IVF contributes to 49% while the traditional IVF results had set higher records claiming to be 63%.
While its a myth that the results in mini IVF yields improved quality of egg while high dose medication treatments produce mediocre to low-quality eggs cannot be true.
The main advantage of mini IVF being that restricting the dose of FSH which causes side effects, and obesity in some women. Some scientists say that using Traditional IVF treatments such drawbacks can be avoided.
Mini-IVF could be the right treatment for few women who have a less ovarian reserve, no matter what the treatment is the number of eggs cannot be retrieved. Some say that as mini IVF using several cycles of treatment it might not be cost-efficient in the long run. Many couples feel it’s best to opt for mini IVF to have a healthy offspring.