Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Guest Post: Information about Mini IVF

Today, we have a guest post from Dr. Mor, at the California Center for Reproductive Health. Dr. Mor tells us about Mini IVF, an effective option for assisting families struggling with infertility to become pregnant. Infertility is an emotional subject that many couples deal with silently. It can be difficult to talk about problems getting pregnant or maintaining a pregnancy, especially when friends and family seem to be popping out babies all around you. For couples who desperately want a child but cannot seem to conceive or maintain a pregnancy through more traditional means, modern medicine has a lot to offer. Fertility treatments can be expensive, time consuming, and sometimes have unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, technology is always advancing, and in this article, you'll learn about a method which is less invasive and less expensive than traditional IVF.


Mini IVF is an increasingly popular option for families struggling with infertility who would like to save money and avoid excessive amounts of medications. Compared to traditional IVF treatments, Mini IVF is a gentler technology that involves minimal stimulation of the ovaries. Mini IVF commonly begins with the use of oral ovulation induction agents, such as Letrozole, Tamoxifen or Clomid, sometimes in combination with low-dose gonadotropins. This stimulates growth of a small number of eggs. When the eggs are mature, they are removed through a minor procedure and fertilized in a laboratory before being placed back inside the mother's uterus. 

In contrast with traditional IVF, Mini IVF focuses on quality rather than quantity of embryos. As a result, Mini IVF costs less, avoids the potential risks of taking too many medications and is becoming more popular at fertility clinics. Because the ovarian stimulation in Mini IVF results in three to four eggs and two or three embryos, it maximizes the efficiency of the cycle.

When families choose Mini IVF instead of traditional IVF, they can often get more eggs and reduce or avoid the risks and discomforts that accompany traditional IVF. In addition to its other benefits, Mini IVF reduces the time spent waiting between cycles and cuts or eliminates the pain associated with frequent injections. Finally, Mini IVF decreases the discomfort and health problems that result from ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Mini IVF cost is typically half the price of traditional IVF and may be covered by health insurance.

The procedures followed for Mini IVF can vary, but all focus on gently stimulating the ovaries to create eggs and embryos of high quality. Birth control is commonly given before ovarian stimulation, but stimulation may be given without first using birth control in women who are over 35 years old. Gonadotropins are sometimes used in low doses. Fertility clinics use ultrasound and some blood testing for monitoring. Unlike with traditional IVF, Mini IVF requires less anesthesia during egg harvesting depending on the patient. IVF lab clinicians fertilize the eggs through insemination or, if male infertility is present, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Once the embryos are between three and five days old, they are placed back inside the uterus. Altogether, the process of Mini IVF takes between seven and 10 days.

Success rates with Mini IVF are comparable to or better than those of traditional IVF, especially in women younger than 35 who have normal ovarian reserve. Women with lower ovarian reserve tend to respond equally to Mini IVF compared with traditional IVF in terms of egg production and should consider this newer form of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Finally, women older than 40 tend to have better results from Mini IVF because its lower level of stimulation is more likely to produce higher-quality eggs and embryos.

About the Author

Doctor Mor is a board certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility expert who specializes in assisted reproductive technology (ART). Having completed his fellowship training at the University of Southern California, Dr. Mor now serves as the Medical Director of the California Center for Reproductive Health, a leading fertility center. With an innovative approach towards fertility treatments and minimally-invasive reproductive surgery, Dr. Mor offers Mini IVF along with a host of other ART options to his patients. 

Have you struggled with infertility? It is a difficult subject to discuss and is often suffered in silence by those facing reproductive issues or going the ART route. I hope that by talking openly about treatments and solutions, we can move past the stigma of reproductive difficulties and facilitate supportive dialog among those who have been affected by infertility and fertility treatments.


  1. Dr. Mor, every day I think of you and how you brought us such an amazing girl - so funny, kind, and smart. Then SURPRISE, last year [another girl] was born and we were shocked. She is a bit of a firecracker but we are complete with our little family. We love you dearly and can never express the joy you helped us bring into the world.

  2. This is very useful, thank you so much!I also want to share my personal experience to everyone and I hope you will this useful too.
    My husband and I tried a long time to have a baby and had been frustrated for a million times then I discovered that getting pregnant is not impossible at all if you get help from the right people. This is not a scam, i just want to share it to all of you. I am happily pregnant now with out first little miracle and I hope you will find this helpful too. Good luck and do not give up!

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