Conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) is recommended for women who have difficulty conceiving naturally or are unable to get pregnant through a less intensive process such as intrauterine insemination (IUI).

Luckily, there are more options now than ever before. For women who are not ready or are unable to go down the conventional IVF route, mini IVF can be a great alternative.

The mini IVF process

Minimal stimulation IVF, or mini IVF, follows the same process as traditional in vitro fertilization: ovarian stimulation, egg and sperm retrieval, egg fertilization and embryo transfer.

The key differences between the two are the medications used and the dosage. Mini IVF uses a minimal amount of oral medications and injections to stimulate the ovaries so they produce the maximum number of quality eggs in a single cycle, explained John Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., founder and medical director of New Hope Fertility Center in New York City.

Oral medications such as clomiphene citrate (Clomid) or letrozole (Femara) are often used together with low-dose gonadotropin injections, a medication used to stimulate multiple egg growth, said