Japanese IVF is an approach to IVF that focuses on prioritizing quality, safety, comfort, and success. We have adopted Japanese protocols because they are structured around retrieving the highest quality eggs, which can them be used to create a high quality embryo, which can then be returned to an ideal environment for conception, minimizing side-effects, risks, and complication.
We believe that this patient first philosophy, coupled with the higher success rates, is the best way to provide top care for anyone who comes to Hanabusa IVF. Using less medications, for us, is about safety, comfort, and ultimately helping you to have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
Key points of Japanese IVF:
Mini IVF is part of our Japanese IVF concept. Similar to traditional IVF patients in minimal stimulation treatment will go through ovarian induction, egg retrieval, fertilization, embryo culture, and embryo transfer. However, Mini IVF employs far less medication to stimulate the ovaries in order to produce a few eggs whereas a traditional IVF uses more amount of medication to produce multiple eggs for retrieval. Mini IVF treatment aims to get only 3 to 5 high-quality eggs to conceive a healthy baby. Although more eggs are produced in a traditional IVF cycle, not only is the quality lower, but also most of the eggs are discarded since patients only use a few.
Mini IVF protocols using low-dose of medication makes treatment more affordable than traditional IVF. The expensive injectable fertility drugs substantially increase the cost of IVF. However, Mini IVF employs the relatively inexpensive fertility drug, clomiphene citrate and lower dose of fertility drug injections. It enables more patients to afford IVF treatment to conceive a baby.
As Mini IVF uses less medication for stimulation, it decreases discomfort, reduces risk of Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (“OHSS”), and minimizes the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer from high dose fertility drugs. Patients also can benefit from fewer days of monitoring whereas a traditional IVF requires numerous office visits for monitoring.
Here are some of the advantages of Minimal Stimulation IVF available at Hanabusa IVF’s San Diego fertility clinic: