In Vitro Maturation (IVM) is a revolutionary fertility treatment, which has been pioneered by our Scientific Director, Professor R C Chian. It involves the collection of immature eggs from a woman, which are then matured in the lab. By this method, it is possible to collect multiple eggs without giving hormone stimulation. CREATE Fertility were the first centre in Europe to offer Natural Cycle IVF with IVM.
During each menstrual cycle, usually only a single follicle (egg sac) grows to the ovulation stage to release an egg for potential fertilisation. However, there are several small follicles called antral follicles in the ovary which contain immature eggs. With IVM these can be collected and matured in the lab. Immature eggs are matured in the laboratory using special and advanced culture conditions.