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What are pros and cons of Mini IVF cycle?

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Answer from: Patricio Calamera, MD, MSc, ObGyn

Gynaecologist, Specialist in Reproductive Medicine Ginemed
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Difficult one because I personally do not see mini IVF with pros of cons. This is just a different approach – a way of doing tailored treatment to our patients. We have to pick patients who would benefit from this kind of approach. So, pros and cons would be the ones that your doctor, your IVF doctor, tells you when recommending one type of treatment or the other one. I guess that is the most important thing.

Answer from: Malini Uppal, MBBS, DGO Diploma Prenatal Genetics and Foetal Medicine

Gynaecologist, Medical Director and PR to HFEA GENNET City Fertility
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The risk that we have is with natural IVF. So there is a 10 to 15 percent chance that your cycle can get canceled because as I said, we are following your natural follicle, we don’t have a lot of control over it, your body is doing what it can and there is a possibility that you might ovulate before you feel it is ready to be collected so you might want to ovulate on a smaller follicle, or before, in between the days your LH starts rising (the hormone that is responsible for ovulation) sometimes you can even ovulate a couple of hours before we take you for egg collection. So these are the kinds of risks, there are of course risks that there is a small number of eggs that we are collecting, one during natural cycle, fewer in mini IVF. With fertilisation there may not be any during this, there might not be any growth of the embryo, we might have nothing to transfer. So those are the types of risks, it becomes a risk here when the statistical number of eggs is lower here and obviously the risks of these kinds become higher.

Answer from: Stephen Davies, BSc MBBS DCH DRCOG

Gynaecologist, IVF specialist & retired NHS GP
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When is Mini IVF recommended?

Nowadays patients not only are concerned about costs of treatment but also about the effect of drugs used during the stimulation process. Studies confirmed that higher dosage is not necessarily as effective in case of patients with low or diminished ovarian. Similar case is with PCO patients. What and who can benefit from Mini IVF or Natural Cycle IVF?

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