The main difference between a standard IVF and a mini-IVF is in the amount of hormonal medication administered and the duration of ovarian stimulation. This also leads to differences in possible side effects associated with this phase of fertility treatment.
In the case of mini-IVF, ovarian stimulation is mild, so the patient will need to take less hormones. This has the advantage that there is less risk of ovarian hyperstimulation, but at the same time it has the disadvantage of obtaining a smaller number of eggs.
On the other hand, ovarian stimulation in standard IVF requires a large amount of hormonal medication, putting the woman at risk of possible hyperstimulation. However, this is not usual, as the patients are perfectly controlled at all times by the specialists. Furthermore, this conventional ovarian stimulation allows a greater number of eggs to be obtained, although it can also damage the endometrium.