Mini Ovulation Induction
A gentle non-invasive approach
Ovulation induction is the process by which the ovaries are gently stimulated to produce one or more mature eggs as part of a fertility treatment cycle. This treatment is aimed at helping women who do not ovulate regularly on their own.
There is a growing awareness among fertility physicians of the potential benefits and efficacy of ovulation induction with minimal stimulation.
At Pearl Mini-IVF, using ovulation induction with minimal stimulation can produce outcomes at least as good as regular stimulation protocols but without many of the disadvantages.
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in mini ovulation induction, that is, stimulating the ovaries to produce mature eggs with a lower level of hormonal medication than before.
Below are some of the benefits associated with mini ovulation induction:
- Lack of injectable hormone-stimulating medication eliminates the risk of side effects.
- Fewer fertilized embryos are created.
- Mini OI is a more affordable form of fertility treatment.
- Mini OI can be a safer and healthier family-building option.
If you're considering fertility treatment but aren’t ready to consider injections, or feel daunted by the traditional highly medicated regime of ovarian stimulation, you may find you're an ideal candidate for this gentler, more economical approach. Candidates for low stimulation ovulation induction include:
- Women who do not respond well to high levels of ovarian stimulating medication.
- Women who have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and are at risk of an adverse response to high levels of ovarian stimulation in a condition known as ovarian hyperstimulation.
- Women who have philosophical or religious reasons for wanting to avoid the production of multiple eggs which, when fertilized, will lead to the existence of “spare” embryos. Conventional ovarian stimulation protocols aim to produce the maximum number of oocytes achievable, often around 12 – 15, but minimum stimulation protocols will result in just one or two.
- Women who have a medical reason to avoid high levels of hormonal medication due to risks from genetic factors or other medical conditions.
Those whose insurance coverage does not include standard fertility treatments and who can benefit from the significant cost reductions of minimum stimulation protocols.