Mini-Stim™ IVF Tubal Ligation Study
We believe that Mini-Stim IVF is the most cost effective way to have a baby after having had a tubal ligation. The primary approaches to achieving pregnancy after a tubal ligation are tubal reversal surgery and conventional IVF. Tubal reversal surgery results in tubal patency 70-90% of the time in good surgical candidates. The self pay cost of the surgery together with the hospital stay costs is about $30,000. After a recovery period at home of 6 weeks for abdominal surgery, the couple then needs to achieve pregnancy. More commonly, couples choose to use conventional IVF to achieve pregnancy after tubal ligation. The self-pay cost is $15-20,000 per try and the take-home baby rate is 35-40%.
Since Mini-Stim IVF requires much less medications and monitoring than conventional IVF, patients who use this technique will experience significant savings compared to conventional IVF. It is also much easier to do conventional IVF or traditional surgery. Young women who have had a tubal ligation are still very fertile and are likely to achieve pregnancy quickly even when only a few eggs are obtained with Mini-Stim IVF (compared to 10-12 eggs with the conventional IVF). In a targeted manner, Mini-Stim IVF overcomes the single issue preventing pregnancy, blocked tubes. For women with good ovarian reserve (usually women under age 35), we prefer to use a mor aggressive version of mini-stim IVF where we try to produce 3 or 4 mature eggs. We call this augmented mini-stim IVF.
The objective of this study is to compare the pregnancy rate of couples using Mini-Stim IVF to prior couples who have used conventional IVF and traditional abdominal surgery. Our focus will then be on the average cost of each clinical pregnancy achieved.
In order to participate in this study, you must:
Be under age 35 at the start of the cycle.
Have had a tubal ligation
Have an antral follicle count of at least 12. (This is the total number of cysts measuring 2-10 mm in diameter in either ovary). This is a measure of current fertility.
The cost of a single cycle of augmented mini-stim IVF is $5000. If insurance pays for your medications and monitoring (blood tests and ultrasounds), this will be your primary expense ($600 for anesthesia). If you don't have insurance coverage for medications and monitoring, you will need to plan on an additional four to five thousand dollars in additional costs. This offer is valid to July 1, 2014.
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