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Understanding the Difference Between Natural IVF and Mini IVF

Understanding the Difference Between Natural IVF and Mini IVF

Infertility issues between you and your partner may mean that you turn to fertility doctors for specialist support in getting pregnant. At the New York Fertility Institute, LGBT-friendly fertility doctors Dr. Majid Fateh and Dr. Khalid Sultan offer a variety of reproductive support procedures.

Depending on your and your partner’s treatment needs and reproductive goals, you may be able to benefit from natural in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The New York Fertility Institute of New York City’s Upper East Side also offers mini IVF, another option to help you get pregnant. Here’s what we want our new and existing patients to know about these procedures.

All about natural IVF

We perform IVF treatments onsite at our New York City, New York, office. If you’ve struggled with fertility issues, IVF may offer a path forward. This assisted reproductive technique is safe and effective at achieving pregnancy.

In IVF, your New York Fertility Institute provider combines an egg and a sperm outside of the body, starting the development of an embryo before implanting it into the uterus. IVF can help with both male-factor and female-factor infertility.

Unlike conventional IVF, natural IVF doesn’t use medications to stimulate egg production. We monitor your menstrual cycle and time your minimally invasive retrieval procedure precisely to ensure high-quality eggs.

A semen sample from the male partner provides the sperm for fertilization. Once the embryo reaches the right developmental stage, your provider implants it into your uterus, starting your pregnancy.

What’s the difference between IVF and mini IVF?

Mini IVF is another low-medication option for conceiving an embryo outside of the body, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus. Mini IVF is also known as micro- or minimal-stimulation IVF. We use low doses of ovarian-stimulating drugs to gently assist your cycle before egg retrieval.

Natural IVF and mini IVF don’t put your body through the stress of strong ovarian stimulation. These procedures may be lower-cost than conventional IVF due to lower amounts of fertility drugs used. Your risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is reduced with natural or mini IVF, and you won’t have to deal with needles and injections as frequently, either!

Mini IVF, using some fertility drugs, results in more eggs than natural IVF, increasing your likelihood of a successful pregnancy each cycle. You may need to avoid fertility drugs, or the lower doses used in mini IVF could be effective in your case. Your risk for OHSS and the condition of your ovaries make a difference in the choice between natural IVF and mini IVF cycles.

Depending on your health concerns and fertility needs, natural IVF or mini IVF may be better for you. Talk to your provider at the New York Fertility Institute about your reproductive goals and concerns. 

To learn more about your assisted reproduction and IVF options through New York Fertility Institute, call now, or request an appointment online.

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