One aspect of in vitro fertilization (IVF) that is daunting for many patients is the repeated, costly hormone injections that are necessary to stimulate the woman’s ovaries to produce multiple follicles, which contain the eggs. The cost of the injections especially add up after multiple rounds of IVF, and patients who don’t respond to the injections may feel at a loss as to their next steps in trying to achieve a successful pregnancy.

For patients and couples who have not achieved success through IVF injections, Columbia University Fertility Center now offers an experimental, injection-free ovarian stimulation for IVF. Called Coral-IVF (Columbia Oral IVF), instead of taking injections to stimulate the follicles to grow, the patient takes a combination of pills that cause the same effect, with the potential for a 100-fold cost savings.

See Coral-IVF on CBS News