For many couples with fertility problems, In Vitro Fertilization or IVF is the last solution to get pregnant. An important disadvantage of this fertility treatment is that it requires hormone stimulation to mature several egg cells. This hormone cure is expensive and sometimes has side effects, for example overstimulation of the ovaries.
New treatment similar to IVF
In Vitro Maturation (IVM) is a new fertility treatment similar to IVF but without preliminary hormone treatment. In IVF mature eggs are taken from the ovaries, while in IVM immature eggs are sufficient.
Advantages of IVM:
- Less hormonally taxing
- Reduces side effects
- Fewer appointments needed
- Less expensive
When is IVM applied?
IVM is especially useful for woman with PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Woman with PCOS are often more sensitive to hormone treatments. Therefore IVF is not recommended because the hormones you have to take with IVF can lead to OHSS or Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome.
Since IVM requires a lower dose of ovarian stimulation or none at all, the risk of OHSS becomes much smaller. That makes the IVM technique particularly suitable for woman with PCOS.
For young woman diagnosed with cancer, IVM is a good alternative. Hormonal stimulation usually takes two or three weeks, delaying the start of the oncological treatment. An IVM egg puncture can be planned in a very short term, without prior hormone treatment.
In Belgium, IVM has been applied since 2010
The first IVM baby was born in Belgium in 1994 already. Over the years researchers have developed a technique that allows eggs to be aged in the laboratory.
Thanks to the persistence of a number of scientists to fully understand the complexity of human egg maturation and ovulation, IVM has expanded to other patients.
Please note that the best method of treatment always depends on the nature of your fertility problem. Therefore a fertility specialist must first review your medical file.
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