Minimal IVF

Mini-IVF, Micro-IVF, Soft-IVF:
lower cost and number of clinic visits

Minimal IVF can be a great way to achieve your goal of having a baby while lowering treatment costs, the number of clinic visits, and the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation

It includes only a low number of
under-the-skin injections to stimulate the development of a moderate number of eggs

Minimal Stimulation IVF

Minimal Stimulation IVF

Compared with conventional In Vitro Fertilization, minimal IVF is closer to “natural” conception.

It employs very low doses of medications used to stimulate the ovaries.

This results in a much less pronounced effect on the patient’s hormonal milieu, fewer side effects, and minimal disruption of daily activities.

$ Pricing

The cost of Minimal Stimulation IVF at Bay IVF is $6,920.

Services Covered
in the Minimal IVF fee


  • All in-cycle office visits, physician ultrasound examinations, hormonal assays, and physician clinical monitoring required for Minimal IVF ovarian stimulation
  • Preparation of semen sample(s)
  • Egg retrieval procedure, analgesia, use of procedure room
  • Oocyte identification from follicular fluid
  • Embryo coculture with granulosa cells, including an extended culture of embryos
  • “Fresh” (unfrozen) embryo transfer, provided embryos are available for transfer
  • Embryo cryopreservation of all normally developing embryos and one cycle of cryopreserved embryo transfer cycle if there are no available embryos for “fresh” embryo transfer
  • Serum pregnancy test

Please note that the treatment fee does not cover medications (charged by a pharmacy), pre-treatment screening evaluation, and laboratory testing required by the State of California.

Multiple Minimal Stimulation IVF Cycles

Two or more cycles of Minimal IVF can maximize the number of available embryos.

At Bay IVF, we understand that fertility treatments represent a significant investment toward your family’s future

As part of our commitment to you, we are dedicated to providing pricing transparency

Bay IVF Treatment Fees

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)


Embryo Freezing

If no fresh embryo transfer was done

Frozen Embryo Transfer

If no fresh embryo transfer was done

IVF Plus


Embryo Freezing

Frozen Embryo Transfer

All your embryos, until you conceive

Gender Selection


Embryo Freezing

Add-on to IVF/each cycle of IVF Plus

Reciprocal IVF


Embryo Freezing

Minimal IVF


Embryo Freezing

If no fresh embryo transfer was done

Frozen Embryo Transfer

If no fresh embryo transfer was done

Embryo Banking IVF


Embryo Freezing

Donor Egg IVF


Embryo Freezing

Frozen Donor Egg IVF


Embryo Freezing

Frozen Embryo Transfer


Embryo Assisted Hatching

Please note that the treatment fees do not cover medications (charged by a pharmacy), pre-treatment screening evaluation, and laboratory testing required by the State of California.

What You Don’t Have to Pay for at Bay IVF

We strive to minimize the financial impact of your fertility care. Our sole goal is to make your treatment a success!

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Administration of
Hormonal Injections

As needed
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Some Medications for Ovarian Stimulation

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Repeated Sonohysterograms

After a polyp removal
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IVF Treatment Management

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Repeated IVF Sperm Preparation

If two or more specimens are needed
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Use of Procedure Room for Egg Retrievals

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Analgesia for Egg Retrievals

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Extended Embryo Culture

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Embryo Freezing

If no fresh embryo transfer was done
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Frozen Embryo Transfer

If no fresh embryo transfer was done
Bay IVFIncluded
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Repeated Embryo Biopsies in the same IVF cycle

You will be billed only once
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Repeated Embryo Freezing in the same IVF cycle

You will be billed only once
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Repeated Pregnancy Tests

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FAQ — Find Answers to Your Queries

Here are some of the most commonly asked fertility-related questions. A more comprehensive FAQ selection is available on the FAQ page.

Do medications used in the IVF treatment have any side effects?

Most patients should expect minimal, if any, side effects from the medications used in In Vitro Fertilization. You should be able to continue with your everyday activities during the treatment.

How long does it take to complete a cycle of IVF?

It typically takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the start of your treatment to the egg retrieval and embryo transfer.

Is the egg retrieval procedure painful?

Your egg retrieval should be a very comfortable experience as we use effective pain and relaxation medications. Most patients will sleep through the 5-10 minute egg retrieval procedure. Some may experience mild menstrual-like cramping.

What is ICSI, and how does it affect my embryos?

n the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) procedure, a single sperm is directly inserted into the center of an egg. ICSI has been widely used since 1993, and approximately 2 million babies have been born worldwide without significant side effects through the use of ICSI.

I am over 40. Should I plan to do PGT?

You may consider adding Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) to your In Vitro Fertilization or Donor Egg IVF treatment. If you choose to do so, it eliminates the need for amniocentesis. While adding PGT to these treatments has not been proven to improve the chances of a successful outcome consistently, it can help reduce the risk of miscarriage.

How many embryos should we transfer?

We adhere to the recommendation of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine that most patients should consider transferring only one or two embryos. While we will always provide guidance, the ultimate decision of whether to transfer one or two embryos will be up to you.

Is bed rest recommended after an embryo transfer?

From a conception standpoint, it is not recommended to rest immediately after embryo transfer. Recent studies have shown that remaining active and moving around after the transfer can increase the probability of implantation. Therefore, it is advised to start moving around immediately after your transfer.

I am from the LGBTQ+ community. Can I have my treatment at Bay IVF?

Yes! We take pride in being one of the first fertility clinics in Northern California to offer In Vitro Fertilization services for lesbian partners. Our clinic is LGBTQ+ friendly and experienced in both lesbian IVF and Reciprocal IVF.

Single Parent Families and LGBTQ+

We are proud of being the fertility clinic providing IVF for single parents and LGBTQ+

Prerequisites for Minimal Stimulation IVF

Only a few treatment prerequisites are needed before the start of your treatment. They assess the egg and sperm quality and ensure that embryos can be accurately placed in a healthy uterus.

Female partner’s age

Minimal IVF ovarian stimulation requires that the egg quality be sufficiently high: You must have regular monthly menstrual periods and be 40 and 11 months or younger to be a candidate for the Minimal IVF treatment. Patients between the ages of 41 and 43 should consider conventional IVF, and patients 44 years and older should strongly consider Donor Egg IVF as the most meaningful treatment.

Female partner’s weight

For an adequate Minimal IVF ovarian response, your BMI must be 27 or less, and your weight must be no greater than 150lb. If your weight is higher, please follow the IVF Diet and Lifestyle recommendations (PDF) as closely as possible. You will lose weight at an optimal rate which could significantly improve your chances of achieving a successful pregnancy.

Pathogen testing

This testing is required by the State of California. You and your partner (if applicable) must be tested for Hepatitis B-Surface Antigen, Hepatitis C-Antibody, HIV I&II, HTLV I&II, and RPR.

Ovarian Reserve Assay (ORA)

ORA assesses the likelihood that normal-quality eggs can be produced. It consists of the measurement of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), estradiol (estrogen, E2), and Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood levels.

For Minimal IVF, your FSH must be 9.0 or less, your estrogen 50 or less, and your AMH between 1.5 and 4.0.

Antral Follicle Count

The number of antral follicles within unstimulated ovaries is related to the quality of the eggs. Ideally, there should ideally be approximately 20 antral follicles in both ovaries combined. There must be between 10 and 24 antral follicles in both ovaries combined for Minimal IVF.

Uterine measurement and saline ultrasound

Knowing the uterine length is necessary for accurate embryo placement; saline ultrasound is used to rule out intrauterine polyps and fibroids.

Semen evaluation

The male partner’s semen will be evaluated at Bay IVF to determine the best laboratory method for IVF semen preparation.

For Minimal IVF, the sperm total motility must be 5% or higher and normal morphology 5% or higher. Minimal IVF cannot be combined with sperm aspiration.

Parents’ genetic testing (optional)

All future parents should consider genetic screening for hundreds of the most common genetic diseases. Please let us know at the time of your initial appointment at Bay IVF if you wish to have your blood sample sent for genetic screening.

IVF diet and lifestyle

Environmental factors have a significant impact on reproductive health. Please review IVF Diet and Lifestyle document (PDF) for a complete list of environmental reproductive health requirements and a source for dietary supplements.

Minimal Stimulation IVF Treatment Process

1 — Ovarian stimulation

You will receive your personalized ovarian stimulation calendar. Your treatment is always individualized to maximize the probability of a successful outcome

2 — Egg retrieval procedure

The egg retrieval procedure is performed at our Clinic. The procedure only takes a few minutes, and we use very comfortable conscious sedation for analgesia

4 — Culture of embryos

Evidence of fertilization can be seen the next day, 16 hours after insemination. The fertilized eggs are transferred into a growth medium and continue to be cultured in our laboratory

3 — Fertilization of eggs

On average, eight to fourteen eggs are aspirated during the egg retrieval procedure. After their identification, the eggs are placed in petri dishes filled with culture medium

5 — Assisted hatching
of embryos

A laboratory procedure used to create a “weak spot” in the eggshell of an embryo. Assisted hatching increases the likelihood of an embryo being able to hatch out of its eggshell, implant, and result in a baby

6 —Embryo transfer

After the embryo transfer, the endometrial lining gently holds the embryo(s) within the top of the uterus

7 — Embryo implantation

After the embryo transfer, the endometrial lining gently holds the embryo(s) within the top of the uterus.

Treatments at Bay IVF

In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization

We use gentle and individualized ovarian stimulation protocols prioritizing egg quality over quantity. This approach minimizes clinic visits and reduces the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation without compromising the chances of a successful outcome.

A complete IVF treatment cycle can take as little as six weeks and only requires a few brief visits to the Clinic.

$ Pricing

The cost of In Vitro Fertilization at Bay IVF is $11,870.

Gender Selection

Gender Selection

We were one of the first fertility clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area to offer Gender Selection IVF.

IVF for Gender Selection uses a Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT) procedure to determine the gender of each embryo.

Through this method, prospective parents will know the gender of each embryo with 100% accuracy before transferring them into the uterus.

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The cost of adding the Gender Selection procedure to IVF treatment is $4,820 at Bay IVF.

Reciprocal IVF

Reciprocal IVF

In reciprocal lesbian IVF, one partner assumes the role of the Genetic Mother by providing the eggs retrieved during the IVF cycle, while the other partner serves as the Birth Mother who carries the pregnancy.

The eggs obtained from the Genetic Mother are fertilized with donor sperm within a laboratory setting. Subsequently, the resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus of the partner who will carry the pregnancy. This method enables both partners to actively participate in the creation and gestation of their child, fostering a deep sense of involvement and connection.

$ Pricing

The cost of Reciprocal IVF at Bay IVF is $14,450.

Minimal IVF

Minimal IVF

Minimal IVF can be a great way to achieve your goal of having a baby while reducing treatment costs, the number of clinic visits, and the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation.

Compared with conventional In Vitro Fertilization, the Minimal IVF procedure involves significantly fewer subcutaneous injections to stimulate the development of a moderate number of eggs.

$ Pricing

The cost of Minimal IVF at Bay IVF is $6,920.

Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT)

Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT)

PGT can be added to IVF, Donor Egg IVF, and Embryo Banking treatments. It aims to increase the probability of a successful outcome by minimizing the likelihood of transferring genetically abnormal embryos.

Embryo genetic testing has been recommended for patients of advanced maternal age (35 or older), those with a history of repeated early pregnancy loss (three or more), and individuals who have experienced multiple failed IVF cycles despite the transfer of high-quality embryos.

$ Pricing

The cost of adding PGT to your treatment varies depending on the type of treatment. Please contact us for pricing.

Male Infertility

Male Infertility

Approximately 10% to 15% of men are born with some degree of male infertility, and about one-third of the time, a couple’s infertility can be solely attributed to male infertility.

In recent years, the chances of infertile men conceiving their genetic child have significantly improved. In situations where patients previously had to rely on donor sperm, we can now almost always utilize the partner’s sperm to fertilize the eggs with ICSI.

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The cost of adding ICSI to IVF is $2,340 at Bay IVF.

Embryo Banking

Embryo Banking

Some couples may delay starting their family to the extent that when they finally decide to have children, it can be challenging, if not impossible, to conceive naturally. Embryo Banking can be a valuable option for postponing parenthood while pursuing educational and professional goals.

Embryo Banking involves the retrieval of eggs from the ovaries, fertilization with the partner’s semen, cryopreservation of the resulting embryos, and their storage at our Clinic for future use.

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The cost of Embryo Banking at Bay IVF is $14,090.

Egg Donation

Egg Donation

Egg Donation can be a highly successful treatment used by patients who no longer have high-quality eggs. Children conceived with the help of donor eggs are genetically linked to the male partner and the egg donor, while the female partner is the one who becomes pregnant, nourishes the baby throughout the pregnancy, and experiences childbirth.

You have the option to choose an egg donor from an egg donor agency or purchase frozen donor eggs from an egg bank.

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The cost of the Donor Egg IVF procedure is $14,090.
Frozen Donor Egg IVF is $11,910 at Bay IVF.

Frozen Embryo Transfer

Frozen Embryo Transfer

Fertility treatments may involve embryo freezing and the storage of embryos in liquid nitrogen. Later on, the stored embryos can be thawed and transferred into the uterus. The processes of embryo cryopreservation, storage, and Frozen Embryo Transfer are done on-site at Bay IVF.

Frozen Embryo Transfer is very safe. Hundreds of thousands of babies have been born worldwide from cryopreserved embryos.

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The cost of Frozen Embryo Transfer at Bay IVF is $4,270.

Sperm Aspiration IVF

Sperm Aspiration IVF

Some men either do not produce sperm at all or produce them in insufficient numbers and low quality. Many of these men can have their sperm directly aspirated from their testicles or the epididymis (tightly coiled tubules attached to the top of the testes that store sperm before ejaculation).

The two most common indications for sperm aspiration are a previous vasectomy and the congenital absence of the epididymis.

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The Bay IVF fee for Sperm Aspiration IVF varies depending on the patient’s underlying diagnosis. Please contact us for pricing.

Fertility Tests

Fertility Tests

Your reproductive history and the results of your testing will determine the most likely and cost-effective treatment for achieving pregnancy.

We plan your fertility testing based on three categories of infertility factors: (1) Male factor infertility, (2) Ovulation and egg quality disorders, and (3) Uterine and Fallopian tubes factors.

Whenever possible, we utilize fertility test results conducted prior to your becoming a patient at Bay IVF to minimize your costs.

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The cost of fertility testing depends on the tests performed. Many hormonal test charges are already included in the treatment fees.

We look forward to meeting you at Bay IVF and, when your treatment is successful, celebrating your new pregnancy!


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Meet Your Doctor

  • Dr. Polansky received his medical diploma from Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic, in 1978.
  • After completing his OB/GYN residency at Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, MO, he graduated from the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) fellowship at Stanford University in 1985.
  • In the same year, he co-founded the Stanford IVF Clinic.
  • Dr. Polansky obtained board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1986 and became REI subspecialty board certified in 1988.
  • In 1987, he left Stanford University and established Nova IVF.
  • In 2011, he founded Bay IVF, where he provides advanced fertility treatments with a holistic approach, utilizing state-of-the-art techniques.
  • Dr. Polansky personally performs ultrasound examinations, egg retrievals, embryo transfers, and ovarian and endometrial stimulations for his patients.
  • He is deeply committed to his patients and freely shares his cell phone number, ensuring accessibility and availability 24/7.

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Dr. Polansky’s Communication With Patients

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Initial Appointment Questions

When you call to schedule your consultation, Erica will ask you a short series of questions regarding your reproductive history.

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your height
  • Your weight
  • Do you know which treatment you plan to have?
  • How many times have you been pregnant?
  • For each of your pregnancies, what was the conception date? (month and year)
  • What was the outcome?
  • Were the pregnancies with your current partner?
  • If known, what is the cause of your infertility?
  • What is your average cycle length? (number of days between onsets of your periods)
  • Are you currently taking any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Are you allergic to any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Your partner’s name (if applicable)
  • Your partner’s date of birth (if applicable)
  • What is the length of your relationship with your current partner? (years and months)
  • When was the last time either of you used any contraception?
  • Is the male partner currently taking any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Is the male partner allergic to any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • What is the total number of pregnancies the male partner has ever caused?
  • Has the male partner ever caused a pregnancy without the ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) procedure?
  • Has the male partner had a vasectomy or vasectomy reversal?
  • If available, for each Semen Analysis, please give the date (day, month, and year), volume, concentration (sperm count), percentage of motile sperm, and percentage of morphologically normal sperm.
  • Have you ever had any treatment for, or problems with, your lungs, heart, blood and blood vessels, breasts, digestive system, genito-urinary system, thyroid disease, diabetes, or neurological disorder? (female partner only)
  • For each X-ray of your uterus and Fallopian tubes (hysterosalpingogram), laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, or laparotomy, please give the procedure date (day, month, and year) and the findings.
  • If available, for each FSH, LH, estradiol (estrogen, E2), and AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) test you have had, please give the date of the test (day, month, and year) and the result.
  • Have you done any intrauterine inseminations (IUI)? If yes, how many?
  • Have you had ovarian stimulation with injectable medications?
  • For each IVF treatment you have had, please provide the following information if available: Date (month and year), the dose of medications to stimulate your ovaries, your highest estrogen level, number of ovarian follicles that developed, number of eggs retrieved, whether ICSI was done, number of embryos available, number of embryos transferred, number of embryos frozen, and the treatment outcome.
  • Have you ever smoked cigarettes? If yes, how many cigarettes a day during the last three months? (Please remember that you must not smoke during your treatment.)

This is Erica

She will be providing you with exceptional support throughout your treatment journey at Bay IVF.

Listen to a typical conversation between Erica and a new patient.

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Your Initial Visit at Bay IVF

Attending a new patient appointment at a fertility clinic can be stressful. Our primary objective is to ensure that your initial visit is friendly and relaxing. We encourage you to ask questions at every step of the process.

1 — When You Arrive

You will be welcomed by one of the clinic receptionists. One of our nurses will measure your height and weight and take your blood pressure

2 — Meet Your Doctor

Dr. Polansky will ask you a series of clarifying questions and then provide you with a summary of the factors contributing to your infertility

4 — Exam Room

One of the nurses will escort you to an examination room. Your examination will begin with listening to your lungs and heart

3 — Ask Your Questions

You will then have a discussion with him about the most suitable reproductive treatment(s) for you. During this time, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have

5 — Ultrasound of the Ovaries

The next step is a pelvic ultrasound to examine the uterus and ovaries. This ultrasound will help determine the number of antral follicles present within the ovaries

6 — Financial Part

Following that, you will have a discussion with one of the financial advisors regarding the financial aspects of your treatment, including potential treatment financing options

8 — Support 24/7

If you have any questions after leaving the clinic, please feel free to reach out to us via phone call, text, or email. Open and discreet communication is an integral part of the care we provide at Bay IVF

7 — What About Time?

Your entire visit is expected to last approximately one hour

Schedule Your Initial Consultation With Dr. Polansky

Online or In-Person

You can also complete the form below to request your initial consultation

    Next Step: One of our coordinators will call you for information about your reproductive history. See the questions they will ask on Our First Phone Call

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    We know this is a big decision. It is important for us that you feel really comfortable.