Learn about in vitro maturation, IVM for short, and how it is different from IVF.
IVM, in vitro maturation , is a technology that helps infertile couple to have children. In this treatment, immature eggs are retrieved from the ovary and are then matured in the laboratory. Once they are fully developed, IVF or ICSI is then performed to assist in fertilising these eggs.
Who should have in vitro maturation (IVM)?
- Women less than 35 years old
- Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Women with a history of hyperstimulation on fertility medications
- Women with a history of poor oocyte (egg) quality
- Women planning to have chemotherapy
Benefits of in vitro maturation
- It is more natural because it requires no hormone injections as with the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), IVF or ICSI technologies.
- IVM is a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) which means less pain for the patients.
- The entire process takes shorter period than that required by the IVF technique. Women basically turn up and have the egg collection carried out.
- It can also be repeated in a very short period if the first try does not work out. The patient does not need to wait for a long time like in IVF technology.
- IVM is less costly too. Generally it is 30% lower than IVF.