Enhanced IVM – an alternative to IVF

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For couples facing infertility, IVF has long been the established option. Now Australian and Belgian medical scientists have discovered how to improve a woman’s chances of falling pregnant using a less invasive and cheaper alternative – an advanced form of IVM.

IVM stands for Oocyte (egg) In-Vitro Maturation. It’s a process that has been around since the 60’s but fell behind IVF in popularity because of success rates.


In IVF you treat women with follicle stimulating hormones to get a good egg. In IVM you treat the egg itself.

An international research term, led by UNSW Australia Associate Professor Rob Gilchrist, has enhanced the IVM process by adding a combination of Cumulin, a recently discovered potent natural growth factor, and human cell proteins known as cAMP-modulators, to the egg cells.

This new method increased the embryo yield by 50% compared to routine IVM, which brings it to the same level as IVF so could make it a viable alternative to IVF in the future.

The enhanced IVM treatment has not yet been accepted in clinical practice so it is not currently available as a fertility treatment option.

Photographs of oocyte courtesy of Follicle Biology Laboratory of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)


Rafiuzzaman Sifat

Md. Rafiuzzaman Sifat, a CSE graduate turned into journalist, works at News Hour as a staff reporter. He has many years of experience in featured writing in different Bangladeshi newspapers. He is an active blogger, story writer and social network activist. He published a book named 'Se Amar Gopon' inEkushe boi mela Dhaka 2016. Sifat got a BSc. from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. He also works as an Engineer at Bangla Trac Communications Ltd. As an avid traveler and a gourmet food aficionado, he is active in publishing restaurant reviews and cutting-edge articles about culinary culture.
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