A new IVF treatment has been found to have twice the success rates as the conventional method, and worked especially well for older women.
A new IVF treatment, dubbed mini-IVF, has been found to have twice the success rates as the conventional method, especially for women aged 35-45. Plus the new technique uses fewer drugs and can be done during a woman’s lunch hour, rather than half a day, scientists say.
The method, developed by an IVF pioneer, Dr. Sherman Silber, is about half the price of traditional IVF treatments. Even better, the treatment has virtually no side effects, The Telegraph reports.
“This is a very significant breakthrough,” he reportedly said at this week’s American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in Boston, where he shared findings from a trial of 520 women. “It was amazing to see the results, especially in women over the age of 40.” Silber practices at the Infertility Center of St. Louis, Missouri.
For the method, women take a low dose of the fertility drug Clomid for 10 to 12 days — by taking low dosages of standard medication over a longer period, women were found to avoid the problem of premature ovulation and produced eggs of better quality. Once the eggs are large enough, around 10 days later, doctors can remove them during a five-minute operation that doesn’t require general anesthesia.
Success rates for women over 35 were found to be a third higher with the new treatment compared to women undergoing conventional IVF. The results were even better among women over 40 years, with the new method twice as likely to result in pregnancy compared to the conventional fertility treatment.