Does In Vitro Maturation Actually Work?

Using the cutting edge technique of In Vitro Maturation (IVM)has produced comparable pregnancy success rates to those of conventional In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), according to renowned fertility specialist, Dr. Randy S. Morris. Surgically retrieving immature egg follicles via IVM adds several advantages to the traditional IVF technique of surgically removing matured egg follicles.

In Vitro Maturation of Eggs

IVM, the varied protocol of IVF – retrieving immature egg follicles – was originated to avoid the harmful side effects of fertility drug (gonadotropin) administration.

Other advantages of IVM include:

  • Reduced costs of fertility medication for patients
  • Reduced physical burden on patients
  • Reduced risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
  • Reduced risk of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Decreased risk of failure of eggs to mature in vitro
  • Decreased risk of development of poor quality embryos in vitro
  • Increased success rates of fertility preservation through oocyte cryopreservation

The IVM varied protocol of IVF has obtained up to a 35 percent clinical pregnancy rate in young women according to a recent governmental study. Obstetric and perinatal outcomes of IVM cycles are comparable with IVF cycles using Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) cycles.

IVM Variation of the Traditional IVF Protocol

Under the expertise of Dr. Randy S. Morris, IVF1 was the first fertility center in the United States to achieve pregnancy using In Vitro Maturation (IVFM).

IVM is a varied protocol of the conventional IVF procedure.

  • Eggs are surgically retrieved when they are in an immature stage
  • Eggs are matured in a petri dish placed in a laboratory incubator for one to two days
  • When the eggs are mature, they are fertilized with sperm (partner’s or donor sperm) via Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Resulting embryos are then cultured in a laboratory setting until they reach the blastocyst stage (5 to 6 days of development)
  • During the time the embryos are developing, the woman’s uterine lining is prepared for embryo implantation with both estrogen and progesterone supplements
  • A predetermined number of quality embryos are then selected and the embryo transfer is performed

Revolutionary IVM Fertility Specialist

IVM is predicted to gradually replace the traditional IVF procedure in certain cases. IVM is a promising and simple alternative approach to conventional IVF. As a revolutionary provider of IVM, Dr. Randy S. Morris – founder and Medical Director of IVF1 – offers patients the option of IVM. All monitoring, surgical, laboratory, and transfer procedures in conjunction with IVM are performed within the comfort and warmth of IVF1’s brand new Naperville Fertility Center.

Guide to Fertility Treatment

Click the icon below to download a recently published eBook by Dr. Randy Morris – Guide to Fertility Treatment – and discover your fertility treatment options. Long distance patients can consult with Dr. Morris via a secured Online Video Consultation. Call IVF1 today for a consultation with Dr. Morris at 630.357.6540.

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