While in vitro fertilization is an effective option for many couples who are trying to conceive, it doesn’t result in a baby for all. A cutting edge option for sone women is in vitro maturation followed by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
With IVF, woman take drugs to stimulate egg production maturation within the body. With IVM, immature eggs are harvested and allowed to mature in a lab. This is important as some women can’t take fertility drugs due to interactions with other medications or because of Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS).
Here’s how IVM works:
A woman’s immature eggs are collected from unstimulated or minimally stimulated ovaries using ultrasound for guidance. The eggs are matured in our New York Fertility Clinic laboratory for 24-48 hours using a culture medium and small amounts of hormones. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is conducted so the matured eggs are fertilized. The resulting embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus
Who is IVM right for?
Women with PCOS have a particulary high risk of developing OHSS when taking fertility drugs, so IVM is a great option.
oman who can’t tolerate the side effects of fertility medications will benefit from IVM treatment. IVM can be particually helpful for women undergoing treatment for cancer who want to preserve their eggs, but can’t take fertility drugs due to a possible interaction with other medications or because fertility drugs could stimulate cancer cell growth.
Other women who should consider IVM at fertility clinics in New York City. include:
- Younger women with normal menstruel cycles should consider since it’s less expensive and safer than IVF.
- As a way to salvage immature eggs collected during a standard IVF/ICSI procedure.
- Women who are younger than 35 and have antral follicle count of 10 or more.
- Prematurely Aging Ovary patients since IVM avoids expensive gonadotropins and risks related to ovarian hyperstimulation.
At the Nuway Fertility Clinic NYC, we are proud to offer myriad ways to help your fertilization dreams become reality. Contact us today to learn more about IVM or any other of our effective treatment options.