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Real Patient Experiences with Mini-stim IVF

We have asked some of our recent patients to answer questions that we thought you might like to ask about their experiences in undergoing Mini-stim IVF™, minimal stimulation IVF.  The philosophy underlying Mini-stim IVF is that a gentle (in terms of the amount of medications) ovarian stimulation will produce almost as many "good" eggs as a high dose ovarian stimulation and for many patients this will enable them to get pregnant at a lower cost using an easier process. 

We have been doing Mini-stim IVF since 2010.  Our first pregnancy was in August, 2010.  This was the first pregnancy using (a planned) Mini-stim IVF procedure from our region of Pennsylvania and likely the first from an IVF program in Pennsylvania.  At this time, only a handful of programs in the United States offer Mini-stim IVF.

Angela's experience

How did the cycle go for you?

The cycle went very smoothly.

 

How difficult was it for you to undergo this cycle?

I was very nervous about starting the cycle and most nervous about all of the medication.  But after it was all over, I remember thinking that it wasn't that bad and that I would definitely do it again.

 

Was it hard to take the medications?

 

The medications were not that difficult to take.  It was a little overwhelming at first when I recieved all the medications, but I just took it one day at a time.  I was most worried about the injections, but after administering the first one, I felt much more comfortable, and by the last, I felt like a pro.

 

Did you have any side effects from the medications?

I didn't have any side effects that I could say for sure were caused by the medication.  I was a little emotional throughout the process, but that could have been caused by stress.

 

How much monitoring was done?

 

I had 3 ultrasound and 3 blood tests in preparation for the retrieval.

 

Is there anything “special” about Mini-stim IVF that you think other patients should know about?

I think mini-stim IVF is an incredible affordable alternative to regular IVF for patients that qualify.

 

How supported were you by the infertility office and staff?

 

The office and staff were incredible.  Whenever I had a question, they were always available to answer it.  They were supportive and by the end of the process I really felt that they genuinely cared about our success.

 

Is there anything else that you think people should know (about mini-stim IVF or us)?

Dr. Rose is an extremely knowledgeable, professional, and caring doctor.  I would recommend his office to anyone seeking help with infertility.  I would recommend mini-stim IVF to any patient that qualifies.

Any other comments?

We were lucky enough to be successful after only one cycle of mini-stim IVF.  I am grateful to Dr. Rose and his staff for making our dream come true.  I will definitely come back to Dr. Rose for our second child if we need assistance again.

Rene's experience

How did the cycle go for you?

Our first cycle of mini-stim IVF was a success for us.  Two eggs were retrieved one; one of the eggs fertilized and one did not.  The one egg that fertilized was transferred back to me two days after the retrieval.  Two weeks later we had a positive Quantitative HCG test.  We are now expecting our first child in June of 2011.

 

Do you know how it differed from an IVF cycle?

Mini-IVF requires less medication than full blown IVF because only 2 eggs are being retrieved and at the most only 2 eggs will be transferred back at one time.

 

How difficult was it for you to undergo this cycle?

I did not have a difficult time undergoing this cycle.  The education session held prior to the cycle starting was very informative with the medications and what to expect from those meds.  Dr. Rose and his staff were wonderful in explaining what would happen throughout the cycle and what to expect which reduced my husband’s and my anxiety greatly.

 

Was it hard to take the medications?

 

No.  It was not hard for me to take the medications.  The education session explained what all the medications were, there side effects, and how to administer those medications.

 

Did you have any side effects from the medications?

No, I did not experience any side effects from the medications

 

How much monitoring was done?

 

Frequent monitoring was done from the beginning of the cycle through the discharge to the OB. The monitoring included making sure eggs were being grown and not cysts and that the ovaries looked okay.  During the cycle you were monitored to ensure that the eggs continued to grow. 

 

Had you heard of mini-stim IVF before and have your friends and doctor heard of it?

No.  Our family and friends have never heard of mini-stim IVF.  Dr. Rose suggested the procedure.

 

Is there anything “special” about Mini-stim IVF that you think other patients should know about?

Mini-stim IVF can have the same positive outcome as full blown traditional IVF.  The only difference is because there are less medications to take there is less risk to the patient.  The cost is also significantly less than full blown traditional IVF.

 

How supported were you by the infertility office and staff?

 

Dr. Rose and his office staff were wonderful.  Everyone was willing to answer our questions and phone calls were returned promptly.  My husband and I felt like the office was family; we were never treated like a number or made to feel like we were in an assembly line.

 

Is there anything else that you think people should know (about mini-stim IVF or us)?

I did not experience any pain or discomfort during the egg retrieval and egg transfer back.

Jane's experience

How did the cycle go for you?

SUCCESSFUL!!!!!

Do you know how it differed from an IVF cycle?

Yes, I actually knew first hand. My sister did traditional IVF. Mini stim was less medications and less monitoring.

How difficult was it for you to undergo this cycle?

Not difficult at all. My boss' were very understanding. I took a week off of work (the week of egg retrieval and transfer) Most of the monitoring was done Saturdays.

Was it hard to take the medications?

No. A calendar was given to me as to when to take all my medications. I made my own calendar listing what days and what particular medications to take and crossed them off as I took them.

If you had a traditional IVF cycle before or you know someone well who did, can you compare the experiences?

My sister did traditional IVF (and was successful first attempt). From what I know she had to take a lot more medication and shots than Mini Stim. She experienced hyper stimulation of her ovaries worse than I did. I remember her being very uncomfortable for a lot longer than I was.

What worried you most before starting the cycle?

The shots worried me most. I was scared to death giving myself a shot the first time. It wasn't as bad as I thought. I imagined the needle to be much bigger than it was.

How supported were you by the infertility office and staff?

Staff is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! We will miss them!

Is there anything else that you think people should know (about mini-stim IVF or us)?

Don't ever feel like you are being a nag. Always call Dr. Rose or any of the staff members first, if you ever have any questions or concerns- no matter what time of day it is!!!!