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Understanding the In Vitro Maturation (IVM) Process

In vitro fertilization is a common term used in the fertility field, defining a process that joins a male sperm and a female egg in a laboratory environment. Eggs and sperm are collected separately and then placed together in a laboratory environment. Following fertilization, eggs are transplanted into a woman’s uterus. In vitro maturation is a process in which ovarian follicles mature “in vitro”. In vitro is a medical term that comes from the Latin term, ‘in glass’, meaning that an egg is fertilized in a laboratory environment.

What does IVM do?

In vitro maturation, at its most basic definition, stimulates the ovaries to produce more eggs. The process is different than traditional in vitro fertilization procedures, where eggs are retrieved as soon as the woman approaches ovulation. During the in vitro maturation process, eggs are “captured” sooner than that, and when they are still classified as ‘immature’. The eggs are then matured for 24 to 48 hours in a laboratory environment using a medium that contains hormones. When the eggs have matured, they are fertilized with sperm.

Learn more about:

  • Who Benefits from IVM?
  • IVM Procedure
  • Cost of IVM procedures
  • Who performs IVM procedures?


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