What's The Difference Between IVF and IVM?

You've heard about IVF, but could IVM be the right choice for you?

What's The Difference Between IVF and IVM?

Fertility can be a confusing and emotional issue for many couples trying to start a family, especially if they’re having trouble conceiving. While going through the decision process, it’s especially important to understand all the different options available. Everyone immediately thinks of IVF (in vitro fertilization), which is a familiar term when it comes to fertility options. And it works well, with millions of babies born. But it’s also expensive, invasive and not right for everyone. But did you know about IVM (in vitro maturation)?

The procedure, which has seen strong result globally and has gained ground in the US, is a good choice for many women who want to take a more natural approach to treating infertility, or who medically can’t handle the intense hormone injections required for IVF.

So which one is right for you? Here are a few of the key differences between the two methods to help as you start your research.

IVF (in vitro fertilization)

How It Works: IVF artificially stimulates a women’s ovulatory process, using hormonal injections to create mature follicles and eggs. Once matured, the eggs are then harvested and fertilized in a petri dish in the lab. These embryos are then implanted back into the body to impregnate the woman.

Why It’s Popular: IVF has good success rates and a proven history. It has been around since 1977 with more than 5 million babies born worldwide.

Why It’s Not: IVF can be pricey, and is not always fully covered by insurance. It can also wreak havoc on your body, requiring a lot of hormone injections, blood tests, and ultrasounds.

Medication Needed: An average of 2-3 injections per day, for a total of 8-12 days.

Doctor Visits Required:

6-10 Ultrasounds

6-10 Blood Tests

Average Costs: $11,400-$15,400 ($8,900 fee plus $2,500-$6,500 medication costs)

Average Success Rates: Success is age-based but can be as high as 46% (according to 2011 SART Data).

IVM (in vitro maturation)

How It Works: Eggs are retrieved from the women’s body before they mature, and are instead matured in a lab setting. Once matured outside the body, they are fertilized then implanted.

Why It’s Popular: Because eggs are not matured inside the body, IVM requires little to no hormone injections. This makes it especially ideal for women who lack ovulation, or have a hormone-sensitive illness such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). As a result, it also requires fewer doctor visits, and has a lower price point overall.

Why It’s Not: IVM is a newer and more complex procedure, so there are fewer doctors in the U.S. today who have the extensive training required to do it successfully. Approximately 5,000 babies have been born worldwide via IVM.

Medication Needed: Little to none.

Doctor Visits Required:

4 Ultrasounds

0-2 Blood Tests

Average Costs: $6,600-7,500 ($6,500 fee plus $100-$1,000 medication costs)

Average Success Rates: 35-40% (higher success rates in women under 35)

When going through the decision process, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Ultimately, the choice of which method is right for you should be made together with your doctor. I recommend both IVF and IVM as solutions to infertility, and there are still other options to consider as well, such as IUI (intrauterine insemination), minimal stimulation IVF, natural cycle IVF, egg freezing, and egg and sperm donors. Do your research, talk to your doctor, and find the solution that’s best for your needs.

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Create a school-ready capsule wardrobe for your kids

Dress for success whether virtual learning or in the classroom!

Tina Meeks

Going "back to school" this year may be less of a literal statement than in years past—but there is just as much reason for your kids to celebrate moving on to new grades. Just like in every new school year, a big part of the fun is refreshing your kids' wardrobe with clothes that allow them to express themselves.

Even if finding back to school clothes this year doesn't include a trip to the mall, you can still make an event of it by shopping H&M's kids collection from your computer. Pull up another chair for your shopping buddy and get the cart started with these fave capsule wardrobe options we've already scouted.

Here are our favorite picks:

A t-shirt made for play

H&M t-shirt

Call them essentials, not basics. A graphic t-shirt aces the test when it comes to being perfect for school. And because your little student will probably want to wear something that expresses their personal style as often as possible, it's great to know the shirts can stand up to school time, playtime, downtime and everything in between!


Dressed-up casual shorts for total comfort

H&M boy shorts

Whether pulling up a chair for a virtual meeting with the class or heading back to the school for in-person learning, some comfortable, yet stylish, shorts will help your kid focus on the real tasks at hand: learning—and having fun while doing it!


Layers for when seasons change

H&M sweatshirt

When it comes to feeling comfortable at school, layers are the MVPs. Whether the AC is blasting or the day started off cool and is warming up quickly, having a unique sweatshirt to shed or add will help your kid look cool while staying warm.


A bit of flair with distressed denim

H&M distressed jeans

A school staple for generations, denim is both classic and continually fashionable with updates like distressing and new wash colors. If you're shopping online for jeans this year, take note of H&M's generous return policy—your kids can try on the orders at home and return anything that doesn't fit without a trip to the store.


A fashion statement piece

H&M girls skirt

What's better than expressing yourself through a stylish outfit when school is back in session? Still feeling perfectly comfortable and ready to tackle anything the day holds while looking so good. With so many fashion-forward looks available at budget-friendly prices, H&M's children's collection means every kid can find an outfit that speaks to them.


Some comfy kicks

H&M boys shoes

A sure way to put a little pep in your child's step this year, cool and cozy shoes are a staple on all back-to-school shopping lists for good reason. (Plus, it's fun to compare them to last year's shoes to see how much your kid has grown!)


Anything-but-basic blouses

H&M girls blouse

Whether in the classroom or showing up for a video call with the class, a styling blouse or button-down shirt is a great way for your student to comfortably dress up the day. Better yet? Style doesn't have to come at the expense of comfort with so many made-to-move tops designed just for kids.


A shirt ready to go whatever the day holds

H&M boys shirt

With "going to school" meaning anything from showing up in the classroom to doing a virtual session, it's important to have clothes that are perfect for anything the day holds. A classic, cotton shirt with a fashion-forward design is a great way to keep your student feeling ready to start the year with an A+ attitude.


This article was sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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