In Vitro Maturation – IVM
In Vitro Maturation is very similar to in-vitro fertilization, however, with IVM, immature eggs are retrieved from the woman and then matured in a laboratory. This type of cycle is ideal for individuals with certain diagnoses, such as PCOS, as it requires less medication for a shorter period of time.
IVM reduces the risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) or those with hormone-sensitive cancers. Women with uterine circumstances that are aggravated by estrogen, those who cannot tolerate, or dislike hormonal injections also benefit from IVM. Much like with an IVF cycle, a patient will return to the office for several monitoring visits in order to evaluate follicular growth and determine when the egg retrieval should take place.
Once retrieved, the eggs are matured and fertilized in our laboratory and allowed to develop in culture for 3 to 5 days after the retrieval. The embryos are then transferred back into the woman.