(Minimal Stimulation IVF + Vitrified Deferred Embryo Transfer)
IVF is a fairly straightforward procedure that was originally developed to help women with tubal damage conceive. In IVF, the woman’s egg is harvested, brought together with the sperm in a Petri dish for fertilization, and the embryo is then transferred to the woman’s uterus. Ideally, implantation occurs and the pregnancy proceeds to a live birth. Because fertilization and implantation don’t always occur, the focus on IVF is to produce as many eggs as possible in each cycle, thus increasing the possibility of having sufficient eggs for fertilization and implantation. There are several drawbacks to this approach, including an increased risk of multiple pregnancies and the side-effects from the powerful drugs used to stimulate ovulation. Traditional IVF is also expensive, averaging approximately between Rs. 200,000 – Rs 300,000 per procedure. A large part of that expense is due to the high cost of the injectable fertility drugs.
By contrast, the typical cost for one cycle of IVF Lite (Mini IVF) is almost half the cost with double the success rates in select patient groups in experienced hands. Because with IVF Lite the woman takes only a relatively inexpensive oral fertility drug & only three injections in the treatment cycle; the cost is much less and the side effects are negligible. In IVF Lite, we do Minimal stimulation with Retrieval of eggs + Vitrification & Accumulation of Embryos for Transfer at a later date with pharmacologically prepared Endometrium. Most of the cost today for IVF Lite is the cost of Vitrification. Sometimes two or more cycles are needed to collect embryos and accumulate them after Vitrification. Fewer eggs are produced – usually only 2-3 in each cycle– but Dr. Allahbadia theorizes that egg quality is also improved because of the gentler approach to ovulation stimulation. He also says that this particular procedure relies on more meticulous work by the physician & trained Laboratory staff.
In the experienced hands of a well-trained team, the results of IVF Lite (Mini IVF) are comparable to Conventional IVF for normal patients (normo-responders). Furthermore, there is now evidence to prove that IVF Lite results are even better than Conventional IVF in certain groups of patients like older women, women with poor ovarian reserve (poor responders) and PCOS women (hyper-responders). We would like to think that IVF Lite is the IVF of the future.
IVF Lite (Mini IVF) is designed to give women only a few (but high quality) eggs, thus avoiding the risks of hyperstimulation, reducing the cost of drugs, reducing the number of injections, and giving rise to much higher pregnancy rates in select patient groups. Our group was the first Indian group to introduce this technology in 2010 along-with the Japanese groups.
Our Group has published two International Text-books on Minimal Stimulation IVF:
Our IVF Lite International & National Peer-reviewed Publications (Click to download the PDF):
- IVF Lite – A new strategy for managing poor ovarian responders. Gandhi GN, Allahbadia GN, Kagalwala S, Khatoon A, Hinduja R, Allahbadia A. IVF Lite 2014;1:22-8.
- Have we finally written the obituary for conventional IVF?. Allahbadia GN. IVF Lite 2014;1:1-5
- IVF Lite: is this the future of assisted reproduction? Allahbadia GN. J Obstet Gynaecol India. 2013;63(1):1–4. doi:10.1007/s13224-013-0402-6.
- IVF in Developing Economies and Low Resource Countries: An Overview. Allahbadia GN(1). J Obstet Gynaecol India. 2013 Oct;63(5):291-4. doi: 10.1007/s13224-013-0477-0.
BRINGING CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO INDIA
IVF Lite (Mini IVF) offers a safe and patient friendly alternative to Conventional IVF. The principle of IVF Lite is to split IVF into two steps:
- Collection and vitrification of embryos
- Embryo transfer in a remote IVF cycle
The success rates of IVF Lite (Mini IVF) are comparable to Conventional IVF in normal patients and BETTER THAN Conventional IVF in older women, women with poor ovarian reserve (poor responders) and PCOS women (hyper-responders).