This page outlines the advantages of Soft-IVF when compared with conventional In Vitro Fertilization. The Soft-IVF Drawbacks page lists the disadvantages of Soft-IVF.
- Closer to "natural" conception
Oral medications used to stimulate ovaries in Soft-IVF treatment have a much less pronounced effect on patient's hormonal milieu compared with injectable medications used in conventional In Vitro Fertilization. This can result in fewer but higher quality eggs being produced, fewer side-effects, and minimal disruption of daily activities.
- Reduction of cost
Conventional IVF fee is $9,870. Soft-IVF treatment fee is $9,460. It includes intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) as needed, assisted embryo hatching, embryo cryopreservation, and any number of frozen-thawed embryo transfer treatment cycles until you successfully conceive or until there are no more embryos available for transfer. In addition, the cost of Soft-IVF medication is substantially less than the cost of medications for conventional In Vitro Fertilization.
- Very low number of injections
Soft-IVF needs only approximately five to six shallow, subcutaneous injections. Conventional IVF requires daily subcutaneous injections for approximately four weeks.
- Minimal risk of ovarian hyperstimulation
A small percentage of patients will respond to conventional IVF ovarian stimulation with injectable medications by developing ovarian hyperstimulation. This condition is characterized by excessive fluid accumulation within the abdominal cavity with resulting significant discomfort and hemodynamic instability (thickening of the blood, low blood pressure, and rapid heart rate).
The degree of ovarian hyperstimulation is related to the serum estrogen level. Since the peak estrogen levels are much lower in the Soft-IVF treatment, the likelihood of ovarian hyperstimulation is very low.