Minimal stimulation IVF, also referred to as mini IVF, uses lower doses of fertility medication than traditional in vitro fertilization (IVF) during the egg stimulation process and sometimes at egg retrieval. During a traditional IVF cycle, patients use gonadotropin hormone injections to produce a number of eggs within the ovaries. But unlike a typical IVF cycle’s injection, mini IVF primarily uses an oral medication (Clomid) to induce ovulation prior to an egg retrieval. This greatly reduces the number and dose of hormone injections.
Ovarian Simulation and Cycle Monitoring – On or near day three of your menstrual cycle, you will begin a daily course of an oral stimulant, such as Clomid, as needed, until your follicles have developed sufficiently for ovulation. An assessment will be made through blood tests and ultrasound.
Egg Retrieval – Eggs are retrieved through a minor surgical procedure that uses ultrasound imaging to guide a hollow needle through the pelvic cavity to remove the eggs. Medication is provided to reduce and remove potential discomfort.
Sperm Collection & ICSI – On the day of Egg Retrieval, a semen sample is taken to fertilize the retrieved eggs. To increase chances of fertilization, a single sperm is injected into each egg using a precision needle in a method called ICSI.
Embryo Transfer – Embryo Transfer is a minor procedure that does not require sedation.