Mini-IVF, also known as micro IVF or minimal stimulation IVF, is similar to typical IVF in terms of procedure and duration of treatment. The difference is how much medication is used to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. While typical IVF aims to produce several eggs for retrieval, mini-IVF uses weaker medications or lower doses of medications to produce only two to three eggs. Because few hormonal injections are needed, the cost of medication is also reduced.
Treatment consists of oral ingestion of clomiphene citrate (Clomid) once or twice per day and no more than two or three hormonal injections plus an HCG shot (Trigger shot) 36 hours prior to egg retrieval. There is no need for any additional progesterone injections commonly used after embryo transfer to aid the thickening of the lining of the uterus.
Please note, that all treatments are tailor-made to suit the patient’s requirements and will vary form case to case.