Vitro Maturation is very similar to in-vitro fertilization, however, in IVM, immature eggs are retrieved from the woman and then matured in a laboratory. This type of cycle is ideal for individuals with certain diagnoses, such as PCOS, because it requires less medication for a shorter period of time, reducing the risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) or those with hormone-sensitive cancers. Women with uterine factors aggrevated by estrogen and those who cannot tolerate or dislike hormonal injections also benefit. Much like with an IVF cycle, a patient will return to the office for several monitoring visits to evaluate follicular growth and determine when the egg retrieval should take place. Once retrieved, the eggs are matured and fertilized in our laboratory and allowed to develop in culture for 3 to 5 days after the retrieval. The embryos are then transferred back into the woman.