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Is Micro IVF the Answer?

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a blog by David Kreiner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., East Coast Fertility, March 24, 2011

You’ve already crossed the bridge from “We’re going to get pregnant!” to “We need help…” But this other side looks like it is filled with more obstacles, including expensive and risky fertility medications.

How far do you have to go just to have a baby?

Micro IVF (sometimes called Mini IVF) may be your answer.

Why Go Micro IVF?

The primary point of MicroIVF is there are fewer fertility drugs and less cost. Additional benefits include decreased chances of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and of multiple pregnancy.

I learned long ago that pregnancies of twins, triplets, and more can bring heartache to what should be a joyous journey for fertility patients. So the East Coast Fertility team has dedicated our practice to the achievement of safe, healthy pregnancies. We have patients who choose Micro IVF and our Single Embryo Transfer Program — embryo freezing, storage and future frozen embryo transfers are free.


Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is often considered the first order of business for many infertility patients. Sometimes called “artificial insemination,” the usual protocol — oral and injectable fertility medications to induce superovulation (more than one egg in a cycle), followed by insemination via exam room procedure — is believed to be simpler and, therefore, less costly than IVF.

That’s just not true any longer.

The facts now are that success rates can be far better for IVF than for IUI, depending on the individual’s or couple’s cause of infertility. Many women undergo several IUIs before achieving conception.

Some infertility causes — pelvic adhesions/scarring, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, and severe male factor issues — will not respond to IUI but are treatable with IVF.

Even patients who would otherwise try IUI to get pregnant will find that choosing MicroIVF can result in cost savings and greater safety:

Is MicroIVF Right for You?

Each patient’s case is considered carefully and individually. The following are conditions that might respond best to Micro IVF:

  • Young healthy women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or who otherwise produce many follicles
  • Women with pelvic adhesions or scarring, blocked fallopian tubes or endometriosis

    <;i>Couples with severe male factor infertility.

MicroIVF really is a case of a little treatment going a long way! With it, you can access the world’s most successful assisted reproductive technology at far less cost.

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