Guide to Microfertilization Infertility Treatments
Some of today’s most popular and effective infertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and artificial insemination can be expensive, and while they do have high success rates, there is no guarantee that the treatment will produce desired results. Many couples who are on a tight budget and want to increase fertility turn to microfertilization infertility treatments instead. Microfertilization, also known as Micro-IVF, is a low-cost version of the traditional in vitro fertilization procedure and is available at many fertility clinics around the United States.
Get in touch with a fertility specialist at a fertility clinic in your area to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the microfertilization infertility treatment.
How Microfertilization Works
Microfertilization is a mild form of hormonal stimulation and is designed to triple the chances of pregnancy through intrauterine insemination. The treatment process involves several steps, and begins with the administration of low-dose fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries. This stimulation process lasts approximately 7 to 14 days, and the fertility specialist will perform an ultrasound examination at various intervals to monitor progress.
The next step involves the retrieval of eggs from the follicles. The fertility specialist inserts a needle into the ovaries and extracts fluid from the follicle to retrieve the eggs. The male partner collects a sample of semen so that the fertility clinic’s lab can begin the fertilization process. The lab will select only the highest quality sperm for the procedure, and these are added to the eggs after egg retrieval to complete the fertilization process.
The fertilization process typically takes between one to five days. Once complete, the doctor will be able to transfer the embryos into the uterus and passes a very thin catheter through the cervix to complete the transfer. Any embryos that are not transferred at this stage are frozen and stored for future microfertilization infertility treatments, if needed. Approximately two weeks after the embryo transfer, the fertility specialist will run a series of blood pregnancy tests and perform an ultrasound to determine if the woman has become pregnant.
Good Candidates for Microfertilization
Both males and females are involved in the microfertilization treatment process, and are advised to follow several lifestyle and dietary guidelines before the treatment process can begin. The treatment is recommended for younger patients who have normal ovarian functioning, and those who have tried and failed to conceive with Clomid or other injectable medications.
The best candidates for the microfertilization procedure are those who have or are experiencing the following conditions:
- Male factor infertility
- Unexplained infertility
- Failed IUI cycles
- Damaged fallopian tubes
- Absent fallopian tubes
- Tubal and pelvic adhesions
- Recurrent intrauterine insemination failure
- Age-related infertility problems
Cost of Microfertilization Infertility Treatments
Many fertility clinics and infertility centers offer patient financing options and special packages for those who want to pay for their microfertilization infertility treatments out of pocket. Some insurance companies do cover the cost of microfertilization infertility treatments, but may have strict guidelines on the number of sessions and a cost limit.
Learn more about all of your fertility treatment options in our information guide, or consult with an IVF specialist in your area to discuss the pros and cons of the microfertilization treatment process.