For women who suffer from PCOS, a new fertility treatment option could be a godsend. It will allow women to undergo fertility treatments without having to endure hormone injections, which can reduce the risk of complications. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
PCOS, or PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome is an endocrine disorder in which women do not ovulate properly. The women who suffer from PCOS can have follicles or cysts on their ovaries, or they might have elevated levels of male hormones (androgens), or just might have irregular periods which makes ovulation symptoms nearly impossible to detect with no appreciable ovulation occurring.
There are a ton of women who have PCOS out there, and it can be a horrible condition for many women who want to become pregnant. However, hope is out there, and it comes in the form of this new procedure.
The new procedure, known as IVM, or In Vitro Maturation, is perfect for women with PCOS. Dr. Jesse Hade, medical director at Neway Fertility in New York City, says:
“Usually women with PCOS are the primary candidates for this procedure because they have lots of little immature follicles which lead to lots of little immature eggs. We then go ahead and harvest all these immature eggs, remove them, and then mature them in the petri dish.In in-vitro maturation, little to none of these [hormone] drugs are given initially, so what we’re doing is preparing the endometrium for implantation with hormones to prime the lining,” Hade said. “And in this process, we wait until the endometrial receptivity gets to its best point, and that’s when we trigger the ovulation and remove the immature eggs out.”
IVM is still considered an experimental procedure and it is not covered by insurance. Other fertility procedures are sometimes considered risky for PCOS patients, since they have an increased chance of developing Ovarian HyperStimulation Syndrome (OHSS), which leads to the ovaries becoming swollen, inflamed and painful.
This is why we think that IVM is going to be a great choice for many women, since there is little to no medications involved. While IVM is still a relatively new procedure, it has shown great success in trials that have been done.
There are no injections and no hormones are used- this greatly reduces the chance for complications and things like OHSS. Some experts think that by using this technology, success rates can even approach that of typical IVF therapy! It will be exciting to see where this technology leads us in the future.