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Mini-IVF More Successful, Cheaper and Quicker

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IVF has helped thousands of women become pregnant. But it's costly, time-consuming and sometimes doesn't work. Now, a new method called mini-IVF could be the new answer for many women, especially those ages 35 to 45.

The creators of the new method say that it has virtually no side effects. Dr. Sherman Silber, who works at the Infertility Center of St. Louis, was a conventional IVF researcher and worked on the new treatment, presented his findings at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference recently.

He performed a clinical trial with 520 women who took a low dose of a fertility drug for less than two weeks. Silber noted that because they were taking a low dose for a longer period of time, "women avoid[ed] the problem of premature ovulation and produced eggs of better quality." Doctors were then able to remove the eggs during a short five-minute operation—a much shorter and less invasive option than IVF's regular half-day ordeal.

The cost is less, too. Because the drugs are administered in lower dosages and the treatment and surgery is shorter, that cuts down on the cost by half!

But the most promising results are the statistics: Women over 35 had a 33 percent higher success rate with mini-IVF. And women over 40 were twice as likely to get pregnant compared to the conventional fertility treatment. Good news all around for women hoping to get pregnant later on in life.

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