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Married & Trying to have a baby for almost 4 years. Dealing with MF (male factor infertility).

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

More info about Mini-IVF

So I have an appointment on August 8, with the other IVF center. I'm going to go ahead and have the sono-hys tomorrow. It's diagnostics at this point still, so why not go ahead I figure. Doing a little research today, there are not that many IVF centers/doctors that offer mini-IVF. There only seems to be 1 in this area so far. The procedure itself is not a new concept, just new it seems to the US. I really wonder why more doctors aren't offering it?? From what I've read, the chances of making it to a live birth are almost the same. Honestly, it's sounding better and better.

Little more info:

"When patients contemplate IVF, their first reaction is often the fear of daily injections of hormones for months, the incredibly high cost of the drugs, the risk of multiple pregnancy and consequent prematurity, side effects related to high levels of estrogen resulting from large numbers of eggs, hyperstimulation syndrome, and the prospect of painful daily progesterone injections for a full ten weeks even after the IVF procedure. Mini-IVF is a very unique approach developed by our colleagues in Japan to circumvent these problems and to simplify IVF for patients, reducing the cost while maintaining comparable success rates.

Mini-IVF is designed to recruit only a few (but high quality) eggs, thus avoiding the risks of hyperstimulation, reducing the cost of drugs from an average of $4,000 to closer to $400, reducing the number of injections, and completely avoiding the painful progesterone injections. This approach is not just a simple-minded reduction in hormonal stimulation. It is an ingeniously conceived and completely different approach to IVF, that saves the patient much of the complexity and cost associated with more conventional IVF protocols. Here is how it works."


Blogger Lea Bee said...

sounds interesting, keep us posted!

7:37 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

Thanks for the info about mini IVF on your blog, I have heard of this mini IVF but didn't know the details. We may be going the IVF route, it is encouraging to know that there is a minimally stimulated IVF. Honestly, all those injections and drugs scare me. It is nice to know we have options.

8:09 AM  
Blogger LJ said...

Very very interesting stuff. I'm excited to hear more...

8:38 AM  
Blogger Helene said...

Hey, question for you: I went to the site the mini IVF site and it stated:
Not every patient is a candidate for minimal stimulation; those excluded include:
Patients with insurance coverage for IVF.
I do have coverage but would -prefer to have a minimally stimulated IVF session. Why would people who are covered by insurance not be eligible?

12:16 PM  
Blogger Foreverhopeful said...

I've never heard of a mini IVF so thanks for the info.

12:58 PM  
Blogger In and Out of Luck said...

Interesting! And the stipulation about excluding those with insurance coverage is quite curious - I would be interested to know the reasoning behind that.

1:08 PM  
Blogger ultimatejourney said...

I hope the SHG went well. I'm looking forward to hearing more about mini-IVF.

7:48 PM  

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