For many couples that desperately want to get pregnant, the cost of traditional in vitro fertilization treatments is a major obstacle. Fortunately, new research in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has led to the development of mini IVF, which is dramatically cheaper than other IVF treatments while still producing comparable success rates This revolutionary new treatment brings new hope to women and couples that simply could not afford to become pregnant using traditional treatments.
IVF, also known as minimal stimulation IVF or micro IVF is actually very similar to traditional IVF treatments in terms of the process that is used. During treatment, monitoring is performed throughout the cycle, which includes the retrieval of eggs, the fertilization of the eggs with sperm and finally the transfer of the embryo. The difference is that, unlike typical in vitro fertilization treatments, IVF uses much weaker (or lower) doses of medications such as Clomid when stimulating the ovaries. This results in only a few high quality eggs being produced, which dramatically reduces the risks of hyperstimulation. It also means far fewer injections and a substantial drop in costs since fewer medications are needed.
Pros of Mini IVF
There are many benefits to using IVF over traditional in vitro fertilization treatments:
• Mini IVF treatment is dramatically cheaper than typical IVF procedures. Mini IVF typically costs around $5,000 – $7,000 whereas standard IVF treatment costs about $15,000 on average.
• IVF significantly reduces the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) because the treatment uses much weaker doses of Clomid and other medications.
Cons of IVF
While IVF is fast becoming a popular choice for women and couples that are trying to become pregnant, there are some downsides:
• With traditional treatments, there are usually a number of eggs leftover, however since mini IVF harvests fewer eggs initially, if none of them become fertilized or survive the IVF process then the entire cycle is lost.
• The cost, while cheaper upfront, may be greater in the long run due these unsuccessful cycles.
• Since mini is a new treatment, long term studies are not available on success rates. Initial studies, however, have shown pregnancy rates of around 8% per individual cycle and a successful pregnancy rate of 20% after three mini IVF cycles.
The Bottom Line on IVF
While IVF treatment is still relatively new, it’s apparent that this option still offers new hope to women and couples who want to become pregnant but who cannot afford traditional in vitro fertilization methods.