mini-ivf

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Registered: 07-10-2011
mini-ivf
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Sun, 07-10-2011 - 10:21pm

First let me say that this board is great!! My husband and I have been planning to do IVF for the past 3 years and have FINALLY saved enough money. We are hoping to begin the process in September. We have had 2 ectopics....both tubed removed. I have PCOS.

My question is, have any of you done mini-ivf and if so what was the outcome? Was it worthwhile financially or would it be best to go straight to conventional ivf?? I question this mainly because i am afraid of hyperstimulation

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Registered: 01-11-2008
In reply to: juanamomma
Tue, 07-12-2011 - 3:05pm

Will they freeze the eggs for transfer later on?

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Registered: 07-10-2011
In reply to: juanamomma
Tue, 07-12-2011 - 2:24pm

thanks so much to you both for such wonderful. advice. I am going to discuss it again with my dr before I began. I want to choose the best option that is going to maximize my chances because I don't have that much money to spend and it took a long time to save.I would hate to spend it all and still not have a baby. The way that it was explained to me is that during mini ivf, instead of daily injections, you take clomid. You have fewer egges retrieved, but supposedly they are better quality eggs.Either way, I hope to join this board very soon!!!

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Registered: 05-09-2003
In reply to: juanamomma
Tue, 07-12-2011 - 2:21pm

thanks so much to you both for such wonderful. advice. I am going to discuss it again with my dr before I began. I want to choose the best option that is going to maximize my chances because I don't have that much money to spend and it took a long time to save.I would hate to spend it all and still not have a baby. The way that it was explained to me is that during mini ivf, instead of daily injections, you take clomid. You have fewer egges retrieved, but supposedly they are better quality eggs.

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Registered: 05-15-2008
In reply to: juanamomma
Tue, 07-12-2011 - 10:41am
I was at risk of OHSS during my last cycle and ended up freezing the embryos for a later cycle. Not saying you want to do it this way, but it may be an approach that lets you maximize # of eggs while avoiding OHSS.
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Registered: 01-26-2011
In reply to: juanamomma
Mon, 07-11-2011 - 8:18pm

I'm no expert- but figured I'd give you my opinion anyway! IF I understand mini-ivf correctly- don't they just wait until you're about to ovulate naturally- and then collect the 1 ovum? If that's the case, I would be very cautious. It will obviously fix the tubal problem, but not the PCOS. I have PCOS, and from what I've read, the hormonal abnormalities can lead to poor egg quality- which would explain why I'm in the middle of our 6th fresh cycle, with only 1 DD. Ask you RE, but if egg quality is likely to be a problem for you, you might need many, many cycles if your only going to get 1 egg/cycle.

Good luck with your decision.

Eliza.