Mini-IVF

IVF Michigan Fertility Center's state-of-the-art facility utilizes the latest technologies including an in-house embryo genetic testing laboratory allowing for embryo micromanipulation in addition to a lab for sperm processing. IVF Michigan Fertility Center is committed to fulfilling dreams of parenthood by delivering compassionate and personalized fertility treatments that are provided by a team of specialized medical experts equipped with the most advanced technology and innovative medical protocols.


Mini-IVF or Minimal Stimulation IVF is similar to IVF-ICSI in terms of procedure and duration of treatment. Compared to an IVF-ISCI cycle, Mini-IVF uses lower doses of medication over a shorter period of time, resulting in the production of fewer eggs. Mini IVF is generally a treatment option for couples with minor infertility factors and women who are at risk of Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation. 

With over 60 years of collective experience and locations in Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Saginaw and Toledo, OH, the physicians of IVF Michigan Fertility Center are available to help couples throughout the Midwest and abroad. Other treatment options available at IVF Michigan Fertility Center include IVF-ICSI, Natural Cycle IVF, IUI, Gender Selection, comprehensive chromosomal screening through Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS), Screening for hereditary diseases through PGD, Male Infertility and much more.

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Who are candidates for Mini-IVF?

  • Healthy, young couples, with minor infertility factors
  • In most cases, the woman has an ovulatory disorder
  • Women who are at risk of Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome

What are the steps involved in Mini-IVF?

The steps of a Mini-IVF cycle are similar to an IVF-ICSI cycle however lower doses of medication are taken over a shorter period of time. If you are interested in completing  Genetic Testing with your IVF journey, your physician will design your treatment plan accordingly.  

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Ovarian Stimulation (5 to 7 days):

Mini-IVF cycles tend to start on day 5, 6 or 7 of the Menstrual Cycle. During this time, follicular growth is monitored through ultrasound as they develop into eggs and hormone levels are tracked through blood tests - medications are altered as necessary during this period. 36 to 40 hours before the scheduled Egg Retrieval, a "trigger" shot is given to induce maturation of the eggs within a scheduled timeframe.

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Egg Retrieval (OPU):

Eggs are retrieved using a thin ultrasound-guided needle during a short procedure under sedation. The number of eggs retrieved depends on the body's response to the medication.

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Sperm Collection and ICSI:

On the day of Egg Retrieval, a semen sample is taken to fertilize the retrieved eggs. To increase chances of fertilization, a single sperm is injected into each egg using a precision needle in a method called ICSI.

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Embryo Transfer (ET):

Embryo Transfer is a minor procedure that does not require sedation. Following the procedure, hormone levels are tracked through blood test to confirm pregnancy. Any embryos that are not transferred may be frozen and used in a future cycle. 

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*The above dates are an approximation of an average cycle.


Should I be considering Mini-IVF? Do I have any other options?

Each couple is unique and it is important to discuss your full medical history with one of our IVF Specialists before making a decision. We are aware that experiencing difficulty in conceiving can be stressful, emotionally and financially, and we will do our part to help you and your spouse fulfill your dreams of parenthood.  Book an appointment today to discuss your treatment options with an IVF Michigan Fertility Center physician.