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Slow Stimulation - does anyone have experience with it?


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Joined: May 16, 2015

Hi All, We have just had our third IVF cycle, which has failed. )-:

The clinic tried maximum stimulation, we had 6 eggs collected but only 1 fertilised due to the others being immature, our 1 fertilised egg didn't survive to day 2, we were told this is very unusual. So it's back to the drawing board, if we do decide to continue we are looking at a slow stimulation cycle which aims for quality embryos instead of quantity. I am now 41 and it is apparently recommended for older woman.

Just wondering if anyone has used this type of cycle, any comments / suggestion ? Also do you know of any Auckland based doctors that are experienced with it?

Kia kaha, everyone this is the hardest thing I've ever had to do ....

Posted on May 16, 2015 at 8:13 PM
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Re: Slow Stimulation - does anyone have experience with it?

Hi Yukai,

You are the same age as me. We did our first IVF cycle a few months ago that resulted in a chemical pregnancy - 9 eggs retrieved, 6 fertilised, 2 implanted at 3 days. I think it was a slow protocol it took about a month from start to finish I was on puregon and buserelin. My eggs had smooth endoplasmic reticulum cells, which can lead to unsuccessful pregnancies..and then again can also lead to ongoing pregnancies. It is so difficult, you get so much conflicting information which makes it difficult to know what to do next.

Kia kaha to you too - it's not easy ay ;)

Posted on August 2, 2015 at 7:52 PM


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Re: Slow Stimulation - does anyone have experience with it?

I am not sure whether this is same as that of mild IVF. Growing band of fertility experts is now saying that Women can have a little gentle drug stimulation and just one single healthy embryo replaced, removing not only the risk of unpleasant side-effects but also the danger of multiple pregnancies. The goal in this is usually just to develop 1-5 follicles. Mild stimulation IVF can be done using anti-oestrogens for ovulation induction such as clomiphene or letrozole or using low-dose gonadotropins.
Although it is generally agreed upon that minimal stimulation protocols have a lower overall success rate than full stimulation protocols, there may be certain patient populations who may benefit from this approach. You are right, there are two major groups that find Mini-IVF most beneficial: “uncomplicated patients” and older women and poor responders.

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 3:57 AM

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