IVM for dummies

Daily prompt: Take a complicated subject you know more about than most people and explain it to a friend who knows nothing about it. 

Sadly, the subject I know lots about is infertility treatments. Having gone through them for many years and for 2 children, I feel most qualified to tell you about them. The one I will enlighten you about is the one that I am currently going through. My 2 children were both conceived with ICSI which stands for Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (in vitro fertilization procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg.)

Vitro-Maturation

We had decided to try for child number three. After having a few canceled cycles where either the eggs weren’t growing enough or no fertilization had taken place, our fertility doctor suggested we might be prime candidates for a relatively new study called IVM (stands for In Vitro Maturation). The difference between ICSI and IVM is that the retrieval is done when the eggs are still immature as opposed to fully mature by ICSI. Then, the eggs are being matured in the lab before being fertilised. The results have shown that women with PCOS (like me) have a better chance at pregnancy with IVM.

There are several pro’s to this study. Instead of injecting hormones for 3 weeks, you only have to inject for a week at most so that’s much less drugs in your system. And no risk of OHHS (Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome)

So we start off by injecting hormones to get the eggs growing. Then, when the biggest egg is no more than 10mm big, retrieval is planned which I do under general anesthesia. Now the first part of the waiting game begins to hear if any eggs got fertilized. Since this has been my biggest issue, I expected to hear the news that none fertilized. and of course this is exactly what happened. Second round we got lucky and had one very precious embryo. In my clinic, if you have less than 3 embryos they freeze them and put them back when you start a frozen cycle. A frozen cycle consists of prepping your body with estrogen and progesterone by way of gels and vaginal pills. Now comes the thawing of the embryo. It happens often that the embryo doesn’t survive the thawing. We’re at this point now. With prayers in my heart I am hoping for a positive outcome.  I’m not sure I would be able to handle the disappointment if the embryo dies.

But we are thinking positive!

EDIT: great news! Thawing went well!!

UPDATE: Failed 😦

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16 thoughts on “IVM for dummies”

  1. Thank you for such an informative post. I was very blessed as a young woman (not so young now!) and fell pregnant at the drop of a hat. I have often wondered how couples cope when there are problems. To be without children when your heart desires them so much is just too heartbreaking. I’m very happy for you that the thawing went well. How exciting! This really was great information, by the way…I’ve been quite ignorant of the process until now. Keep well.

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