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    I heard someone mention about the risks of ovarian hyperstimulation. Maybe anyone could just go into a little bit more detail so I can get a better feel for what that risk really is? There’s this article that I often see it gets circled around in the PCOS communities about this new, the title of the article is “New Fertility Procedure Helps PCOS Patients get Pregnant without Hormone Injections.” They talk about IVM. What is IVM and anything about it. Let’s talk about egg quality. Is there a concern about egg quality in women with PCOS? The elevated androgens, too. If we can lower those androgens as much as you can through diet and lifestyle. That can be a big help for your baby, as well. any suggestions for someone with low AMH to help boost the number of good eggs retrieved.


    About 1 to 2 percent of women undergoing ovarian stimulation develop a severe form of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Severe OHSS can be life-threatening. Complications may include. Fluid collection in the abdomen and sometimes the chest. Electrolyte disturbances. Blood clots in large vessels, usually in the legs. Kidney failure. Twisting of an ovary. Rupture of a cyst in an ovary, which can lead to serious bleeding. Breathing problems. Pregnancy loss from miscarriage or termination because of complications. To decrease your chances of developing ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome, you’ll need an individualized plan for your fertility medications. Expect your doctor to carefully monitor each treatment cycle, including frequent ultrasounds to check the development of follicles and blood tests to check your hormone levels.


    IVM is a revolutionary fertility treatment developed to provide a safer and a cheaper alternative to conventional IVF. In Vitro Maturation (IVM) is a relatively new procedure similar to in vitro fertilization (IVF). Yet with a notable difference. IVF utilizes a regimen of medications to bring a patient’s eggs to maturity before they are removed from the ovary. IVM retrieves eggs while they are still in the immature stage, and brings them to maturity in the laboratory (in vitro). IVM is ideal for patients who are unable to tolerate the effects of the medications necessary to urge oocytes to maturity. Such as fertility preservation for cancer patients who are early in recovery and on other medications. For these patients, the same treatments that are used to trigger oocytes to transition to maturity. May also cause a simulative effect on deadly cancer cells. Other examples include as an alternative to IVF for women with PCOS. These patients are at significant risk of OHSS. IVM being less costly and safer. For women who will benefit most from in vitro maturation are women aged 35 and younger and have antral follicle count of 10 or more.

    Sasha James

    Hi there. How are you doing? I hope its all great. I am not expert but I think egg quality does matter. I think it’ll be better if you ask this from a doctor. I wish you good luck. Take care.


    I hope its all great. Just like Sasha, I am not expert but she is right that egg quality does matter. I think it’ll be better if you ask this from a doctor. Much support.Lots of power to you. Take care.


    So many questions you asked. But since I am much new to this infertility world. And I got to help women based on the knowledge I got either from the personal experience or over the forum discussion. As much as I know is that IVF works best with PCOS. I have read so much post where women had PCOS and they were having IVF. And many of them had a successful procedure. And yes egg quality does affect the results of IVF. It would be concerned about how many eggs got fertilized. And that would decide your success ratio.


    Hi there how are you? Let me first clear you the difference between IVF and IVM. In vitro maturation (IVM), a fertility procedure in which immature eggs are collected in the ovaries. It is matured in the laboratory before they are fertilized in a procedure similar to traditional IVF.IVF is traditionally performed with eggs that were matured in the ovary, not in the laboratory.The best candidates for IVM meet the following criteria:Under the age of 35 (preferable under the age of 30). Have a large number of follicles per ovary (ideally >15), as seen with a vaginal ultrasound. Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) level in the upper half for the woman’s age group. Have gone through a stimulation IVF cycle in the past and produced a large number of eggs during that cycle. At a healthy weight (not obese).IVF is more expensive then IVM. So I hope it makes your doubts clear .both have it’s own advantages .opt the one which will be suitable for you. I wish you a very good luck .I hope you get your happiness in the form of children .Remember difficulties in your journey makes your destination beautiful.


    How are you doing? I guess that can really be a big help. Actually there are many ladies suffering from PCOS. I hear every second woman talking about her PCOS. It is prevailing all over the world. I guess lifestyle and envirnoment are the major cause of it.
    As you can see the envirnoment is getting polluted day by day. Our diet is so rough and improper. It is causing a major effect on our health. We need to take a bit more care of ourselves. We have to take a look on what we eat. We have to keep our envirnoment clean. Atleast the place where we live.
    I hope we can do it one day. I wish no one ever had to face such situations. Sending love and wishes to all out there.


    Hey, Milan nice to read your post. This condition usually occurs in pregnant women who take medicines just to boost up her egg growth. This happened in rare cases. Like a woman who goes through IVF or surrogacy. this may prove a fatal disease. If proper look after is not being carried. IVM is a revolutionary fertility treatment. It provides a method for a safer and cheaper alternative to IVF.


    I hope things are good at your end. I am following this post. I am also new to this infertility world. I have been recently diagnosed with PCOS. Now, considering which option to select to make my dream come true. I know it a hard phase of my life but I am keeping my hopes high. Fingers crossed. Good luck to all those TTC.

    Evelyn Rose

    How are you doing these days? I hope you are fine. I don’t have enough knowledge about all this. I writing this to wish you luck for your efforts.
    I just know about IVF and surrogacy. As we went for surrogacy because I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Now we have a baby girl.:)
    I have heard about IVM for the first time. It seems something useful for people with PCOS.
    I will be reading your posts from now on. As they will be quite informative (I am hoping this).
    Sending love and luck to you. Stay strong. Keep helping others. Will be looking forward to more. 🙂

    Polina Delany

    Hello Milan! Well, thanks for doing the post. I’ve also got PCOS. So, yeah! I can relate. My PCOS levels of severity increase with time. Can’t have it the natural way. I’m undergoing a surrogacy this year due to it. My doctor recommended me for it. We are not ready for adoption. So, yeah! This August I’m heading to biotexcom center in Kiev for it. We are already getting ourselves checked up in London first.


    If you’ve got PCOS, birth-control pills can control your menstrual pattern. These should be monophasic (combined) pills. But here’s the thing. Consider taking these as a prelude to trying for a pregnancy. Obviously you’ll need to stop taking them to initiate a cycle, but you may just get lucky and achieve a pregnancy in the following month. Of course, if you try IVF, you could be put on BCPs to control and time your bleed in advance of your FSH medication. BCPs and pregnancy? Opposites really do attract. PCOS sufferers who’ve tried medication, lost weight, improved their complexion and controlled excess body hair, and who still don’t fall pregnant, should consider IVF treatment. Your protocol and medication will take careful account of your PCOS and the increased risk of OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome). That might mean your embryos are frozen and transferred a couple of months later – a sensible OHSS-avoidance scheme. The thinking behind the IVF route is this. You’re producing poor-quality eggs. IVF creates more of them. The extra ones give the clinic more room to manoeuvre in terms of an increased chance of higher-grade eggs. IVF also limits the risk of multiple births associated with other fertility treatments (e.g. IUI and Clomid) aimed at PCOS patients.


    This is TMI. However, the questions are really intriguing. OHSS is a syndrome that is developed as a side effect of IVF. But it is not absolute that it will happen to everyone who has had IVF. but It is rare. Moreover, It has three categories Mild, moderate, serve. But the intensity depends on this category. The severe one leads to illness or death. But as I have aid it happens rarely. The IVF treatment with PCOS is effective but if it’s not happening then a surgery will do. As far as IVM is concerned, it is the treatment that is less complicated and involves few numbers of medications. And it is preferable for those who are reluctant to take fertility drugs.

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