Helping women touched by cancer become mothers.
In Vitro Maturation

In vitro maturation (IVM) avoids ovarian stimulation altogether. Five to 20 immature eggs are retrieved from the ovary and finish the developmental process in the laboratory. Using this technique, a woman could freeze matured eggs, embryos or a combination of both. Although there is little evidence on success rates, there are clear advantages for cancer patients uncomfortable with hormone stimulation:

  • Short time to initiate treatment if cancer therapy is pressing
  • Avoidance of high estrogen levels for women with estrogen-sensitive cancers
  • No injectable medication (reduced cost, treatment discomfort and risk of ovarian hyperstimulation)
  • IVM can be combined with other fertility preservation approaches (such as ovarian tissue freezing)