IVF

Why More Eggs is Not Always Better

In this four-part short video series, Dr. Dourron explains the difference between Conventional IVF and Natural/Mini Stim IVF. He addresses why the egg quality affects the embryo quality and why these gentle approaches save you time and money.

Why More Eggs is Not Always Better, Part 1: A comparison of Conventional IVF and Mini Stim IVF


Everyone has been told that the more eggs retrieved in IVF, the better. What we are finding out is that this is not always the case. In part one of this series called “Why More Eggs is Not Always Better,” Dr. Dourron explains the difference between Conventional IVF and Minimal Stimulation IVF. He then explains that the biopsies of embryos from both types of IVF show that Natural and Mini Stim IVF results in higher quality embryos. For more about the embryo quality from Conventional IVF and Natural or Mini Stim IVF, be sure to watch Part 2 of this series.

Why More Eggs is Not Always Better, Part 2: Comparing biopsies from Conventional IVF & Mini Stim IVF


In Part 2 of this series, we address more of the question of “Is it in the patient’s best interest to push for as many eggs as possible?” Dr. N. Edward Dourron shares his experience with comparing biopsies from Conventional IVF with those of minimal stimulation or natural cycle IVF. You may be surprised to learn that starting around age 35, the rate of genetically normal embryos is significantly higher when the patient undergoes the gentler stimulation in Mini Stim IVF. Watch Part 3 of this series to learn how you save time and money with Mini Stim IVF.

Why More Eggs is Not Always Better, Part 3: Other reasons to consider Mini Stim IVF (hint: time & $)


In part 3 of this series, Dr. Dourron discusses two important factors that help reduce stress in the process with Natural IVF and Mini Stim IVF. The medication cost associated with Natural and Mini Stim IVF is significantly less than Conventional IVF.  Also, the egg retrieval usually requires no anesthesia. This means you can have your egg retrieval and get back to your normal day right away. In Part 4, Dr. Dourron explains that high quality embryos are often the result of Mini Stim IVF.

Why More Eggs is Not Always Better, Part 4: Mini Stim IVF can result in higher quality embryos


The main message is that especially for women between the ages of 35 and 45, more eggs is not always better. The percentage of genetically abnormal embryos is higher through Conventional IVF than through Natural IVF or Mini Stim IVF.

Are you a candidate for Natural or Mini Stim IVF? Learn more from Dr. Dourron here.

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