In Vitro Fertilization and In Vitro Maturation: Helping Infertile Couples Conceive

There is nothing more frustrating and emotionally draining than wanting a baby desperately and being unable to have a child. Fortunately, many medical advances have been made in the field of reproductive science that can help more people than ever before to become parents. There are also caring medical clinics out there that specialize in these medical procedures and that have skilled doctors who dedicate their lives to helping people to become the parents that they have always wanted to be.

If you or a loved one is struggling with infertility issues and you want to find one of these clinics, be sure to find a healthcare professional that specializes in both in vitro fertilization and in vitro maturation so that you are given the most options.

Dr Patrick Quinn is a scientific advisor for Vitromed Germany. In 1995 I published the first paper on improved human IVF media based on the formulation of HTF. Learn more about Patrick Quinn

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In Vitro Fertilization and In Vitro Maturation

In vitro fertilization and in vitro maturation are two of the best possible solutions for a couple struggling to become pregnant. In vitro fertilization is a long-standing technique that has led to countless successful pregnancies while in vitro maturation is a newer procedure that can be extremely effective in many cases as well. Considering the advantages and disadvantages of both of these options and speaking with your doctor or healthcare provider about which is right for you is the smart choice.

In vitro fertilization is often favored by couples because it is such a well-known procedure. Essentially, in vitro fertilization involves the potential mother going through a series of hormone treatments in order to cause many of her eggs to become mature at once. The mature eggs are harvested in a simple procedure and they are then fertilized with the sperm of the potential father. The fertilized eggs can then be implanted in the woman with the hope that she conceives. Because of the cost of in vitro fertilization and the fact that not every egg that is implanted actually grows into a viable baby, typically multiple eggs are implanted at a time as part of the in vitro procedure. These multible eggs are the reasons that hormones are needed to stimulate the ovaries. Usually a woman’s hormones will be 10x higher than they would during a natural cycle.

In vitro fertilization can be expensive, but there are clinics that will work with you and participate in risk sharing programs or otherwise help you to save money or cut costs in order to be able to afford a course of in vitro fertilization that may make your parenting dreams come true. In vitro fertilization is also likely a safe option for perspective new mothers, although the long-term impact of the hormones used to force egg maturation has not yet been conclusively determined.

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In vitro maturation, on the other hand, is a solution that may be simpler, healthier and more cost-effective. Here, no hormones are given to stimulate the ovaries but instead immature eggs are harvested and matured in the lab. A woman’s hormones are no higher than they would be for a natural cycle. Because this procedure is less invasive and there are fewer doctor visits and medications, the cost to the mother in terms of pain and time are significantly less. The actual costs of the treatment are also less as well (depending on the program, about half).

To learn more about in vitro fertilization and in vitro maturation, it is advisable to contact an experienced doctor who specializes in infertility cases and who can help you to make the most informed choice.

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