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What Is Mini IVF?

Mini-IVF is a specialized type of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) that uses minimal amounts of hormone stimulating medication to achieve a more natural response from the ovaries. This gentle but targeted approach results in a smaller cohort of higher quality eggs and improved chances for a healthy pregnancy.

The most significant difference between traditional IVF and mini-IVF is the amount of hormone-stimulating medications. Less aggressive ovarian stimulation leads to fewer cycle-monitoring visits, fewer injections, and fewer blood draws.


Benefits of Mini IVF

What if we’ve gone too far down the road of “more is better” and lost sight of the needs of the patient – you – and your overall health, well-being, and peace of mind?

Although there is no single medication protocol that is best in every case, there are many benefits of reduced stimulation fertility treatment, such as:

Reduced discomfort & anxiety

The ovarian stimulation medication used in conventional IVF has the single purpose of maximizing the number of oocytes (eggs) retrieved. By contrast, a minimal stimulation protocol, or mini-IVF, aims to reduce discomfort for the patient and to reduce the risk of an adverse reaction.

Fewer office visits

A reduced need for monitoring appointments and blood draws also results in lower costs to the patient as well as the savings from less travel and time off from work.

Excellent success rates with fewer complications

Over the last 30 years, since conventional IVF protocols became established, embryo selection techniques have improved significantly. This means that embryologists are able to select a healthy embryo with a much higher degree of confidence, so the need for multiple eggs as “insurance” is no longer such an important factor in a successful outcome.

More accessible treatment options

Minimal stimulation is more economical and therefore accessible to more people who need fertility treatment.

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Meet Dr. Anne Davis,

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Dr. Davis realized her calling to fertility medicine as a student at the University of California - San Diego when she had the opportunity to be an egg donor in 1998. From that moment on, she recognized that infertility was not just a medical diagnosis, but a time of crisis. After earning her MS from the University of California - Berkeley in Health and Medical Sciences, Dr. Davis explored IVF treatments to start her family.

Prior to returning to California, Anne completed her training as a Reproductive Endocrinology Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic where she participated in groundbreaking advances in reproductive surgery. When she had the opportunity to return to San Diego as a Reproductive Endocrinologist, she was thrilled to come home to San Diego and jumped at the opportunity.

Dr. Davis and her staff share a commitment to the natural cycle and low stimulation fertility treatments, and to providing gentler, patient-centered care in a state-of-the-art facility. When not at the office, Dr. Davis can be found with her family hiking near Black Mountain or tending to her many orchids at home.
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Additional Treatment Options

Diet & Nutrition Counseling

There is no doubt that optimal nutrition and an overall healthy diet are important to help your body deal successfully with any medical treatment.

Acupuncture for Fertility

Fertility acupuncture works by stimulating the nerve endings beneath the skin and this stimulation helps your body to release the natural feel-good hormones known as endorphins.

Emotional Support Services

Your Pearl Mini-IVF care team is dedicated to a gentle and holistic approach to fertility treatment that supports your overall well-being, both physical and psychological.


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