Texas Fertility Center of New Braunfels

In Vitro Maturation

In Vitro Maturation at Texas Fertility Center of New Braunfels

In vitro maturation -IVM- is a process where immature eggs are removed from the ovarian follicles and matured in a medium in the lab. The procedure is so complex that it is not widely available, and is still listed as experimental by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine – ASRM.

IVM differs from in vitro fertilization -IVF- in that the eggs are harvested at an earlier stage and allowed to mature in the lab. In IVF, mature eggs are retrieved from the ovaries.
The immature eggs, or oocytes, may or may not have received follicle stimulating hormone -FSH- before being harvested. Once the eggs are mature, the process is the same as in standard IVF.

There is limited information concerning the safety of IVM, since only a few babies have been conceived using this method. Dr. Hudson may discuss this innovative procedure to decide if in fact you would be a favorable candidate, so call Texas Fertility Center of New Braunfels today.