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In Vitro Maturation of Oocytes (IVM)

Our Equipment & TechnologyIn Vitro Maturation of Oocytes (IVM)

In Vitro Maturation of Oocytes (IVM)

IVM is a revolutionary procedure, which is especially suitable for patients with polycystic ovaries (PCO). IVM also applies to patients with a natural cycle of IVF.

The difference between IVM and IVF is that, for IVM, immature eggs are retrieved and matured in vitro and then fertilised, while for IVF, already mature or almost mature eggs are retrieved for fertilisation. Apart from monitoring the follicular growth prior to retrieval, no or minimal stimulation drug is needed in IVM cycle.

As no / minimal stimulating drugs are involved, patients will not suffer from ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and treatment costs will be lower as compared to conventional IVF treatment. Patients with polycystic ovaries have a high risk of OHSS development when being subjected to ovarian drug stimulation.

The way of extracting eggs and replacing embryos in IVM process is just the same as that in IVF.