Gentle IVF, it’s not just a treatment, it’s a philosophy
Gentle on your body
- Gentler stimulation – less medication. Fewer eggs obtained.
- Fewer injections – no more than one a day. No painful intramuscular injections.
- Fewer blood draws – only three to four.
- Fewer ultrasounds –only three to four.
Gentle on your schedule
- Fewer visits to the doctor – during stimulation, patients will have one Saturday appointment and one to four other appointments before obtaining the eggs.
Gentle on your wallet
- Clinic costs are only $4,800.
- Medication costs are less than $1,500.
Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists’ (ARMS) primary approach to stimulating the ovaries for in vitro fertilization (IVF) is to give as much medication as necessary to get as many eggs as is safely possible. We call this approach Optimal IVF. This approach has the greatest chance of giving people many embryos to choose from and more chances to try. Unfortunately, this approach can result in a medication and treatment cost that can be prohibitive for some patients. In addition, to some it can seem too involved.
As a result, instead of getting multiple chances to have a baby, they get no chance at all because they don’t even try. Having just one approach just does not make sense for everybody. In response to this, ARMS has developed “Gentle IVF.”
Gentle IVF is an approach that makes IVF simple and affordable.
Gentle IVF involves the following:
A simplified medication protocol
We reduce the amount and types of medication given based on the latest research to provide a significant but not maximal stimulation. The result is almost a 50 percent reduction in the cost of medications. This treatment option, combined with the maximum financial aid from our partnership with EMD Serono’s Compassionate Care Program, can result in a medication cost of less than $600. Without financial aid the cost is still less than $1,500 which is less than half the cost of what most clinics require.
This approach is not for everybody, but for many women, it will give them the eggs they need to access at least one or two optimal attempts at a pregnancy. Many will have even more depending on their response to the medications.
A simplified treatment regimen
We reduce the number of visits needed. Many clinics require every other or every day visits for blood work and ultrasounds. With our simplified approach, once the medications start, patients only come in for one Saturday visit and then between one to four week day visits depending on response. Most patients only have two.
A simplified stimulation medication administration regimen
Many clinics require their patients to take up to 6 injections a day. At ARMS, we have pioneered an approach that requires only one injection a day.
A simplified pregnancy support medication regimen
Many clinics require their patients to take very painful intramuscular progesterone in oil injections daily for many weeks. This can result in large welts at the site of each injection. These are usually administered in the buttox and can be so severe that the person cannot sit or walk without severe pain. For over ten years we have used protocols that deliver exceptional pregnancy rates without any injections.
A price you can live with
A price that lets you do what you want now. The basic clinic cost of Gentle IVF is only $4,800. Combined with our cost-effective stimulation regimen, the total cost of a basic Gentle IVF protocol is only $6,250. With only $1,000 down, your monthly payment can be as low as $125 per month.
With a maximal medication discount from compassionate care, the total cost would be $5,650. With only $1,000 down your monthly payment can be as low as $111 per month.
How many eggs?
The number of eggs is important. If you get a reasonable number of eggs, you have a good chance of getting pregnant. Studies have shown that medication protocols similar to Gentle IVF in normal responders can produce 10.9 eggs on average. This number of quality eggs will give you an excellent chance at a pregnancy without the costs associated with a traditional stimulation.
In order for this to be a good option for you, we would want to know that you have a normal supply of eggs. There are tests that we will do before your stimulation to see if your egg supply is normal. This is not a good option for most patients 38 years of age or older.
Which protocol is right for you?
If cost is not a serious concern, then Optimal IVF will give you the greatest number of eggs for the associated cost. Having embryos frozen for multiple attempts gives you the greatest chance for success. The medication cost of a traditional stimulation in a normally responding patient will usually be under $3,000. With our non-refundable discount plan, the basic clinic cost is $8,900. If you can afford this, then do it. If you can’t, a Gentle IVF protocol will usually be under $1,500 for medications, before any discounts from the pharmacy, and only $4,800 in basic clinic charges.