The Debate Over ‘Minimal IVF’

The Debate Over ‘Minimal IVF’

Supporters of minimal in vitro fertilization say it’s a gentler, less expensive option. Critics say it produces fewer embryos and requires more treatment cycles. Do lower doses of fertility drugs lead to better patient outcomes following in vitro fertilization? While the popularity of “minimal stimulation in vitro fertilization” (minimal IVF) has grown, it produces fewer embryos and lower rates of live births than conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) protocols. IVF is a form of assisted reproductive technology that’s used to treat infertility as well as assist gestational surrogacy. In IVF, eggs are extracted from a woman’s ovaries and manually combined...

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