How IVF/M Brings Your Immature Eggs to Maturity In Vitro
IVF/M technology is used to help a woman’s eggs completely mature in a controlled laboratory setting – instead of inside her body during an IVF cycle. Significantly less fertility medication is used during an IVF/M Cycle than in a Conventional IVF. Eggs from multiple small follicles are retrieved in an immature state to be matured in our state-of-the-art controlled laboratory. Once the immature eggs have matured fully in vitro, they are fertilized via ICSI and embryo culture proceeds.
In Vitro Maturation (IVF/M) Benefits
IVF in conjunction with egg maturation in a laboratory setting (IVF/M) increases a woman’s chance of using her immature eggs for in vitro fertilization and development of quality embryos. No longer are only mature eggs surgically retrieved to be fertilized in vitro.
- Less fertility medications
- Reduced cost
- Less injections
- Fewer ultrasounds
- Fewer blood draws
- Reduced side effects
- Reduced risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
- Immature eggs are surgically retrieved and placed in a petri dish containing a special maturation medium
- The eggs are carefully monitored as they fully mature in vitro
- Each individual egg is fertilized with a single sperm cell being injected into it – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- The fertilized egg is monitored as it transforms into a quality embryo culturing in vitro for several more days
- When the embryos have developed into a viable stage for transfer (blastocyst stage), they are ready for fresh transfer to the woman’s uterus – or – cryopreservation for future Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures
- Only the highest quality embryos are selected for fresh transfer or cryopreservation
Candidates for IVF/M
The candidates having the best pregnancy success rates using IVF/M are:
- Women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- Cancer patients who are sensitive to hormone therapy
- Patients who want to reduce their risk of OHSS (ovarian hyperstimultion syndrome)
- Young women who are able to produce a large number of egg follicles (10 to 15 per fresh cycle)
- Women having a history of being able to produce a large number of egg follicles (10 to 15 per fresh cycle)
- Women having an acceptable AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) level
- Women who are at a healthy weight (BMI) – not obese
IVF/M Pregnancy Success Rates
Women under the age of 30 have the best pregnancy success chances using IVF/M. Pregnancy success rates are lower for women in their advanced maternal years – over 35.
Yearly ART data on IVF success rates is a rich source of information for potential IVF patients. This data gives patients an idea of their average chances of pregnancy success through IVF.
In Vitro Maturation Expertise
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