In-vitro maturation versus IVF: a cost-effectiveness analysis

Sanne C Braam, Vu N A Ho, Toan D Pham, Ben W Mol, Madelon van Wely, Lan N Vuong* (Corresponding Author)

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RESEARCH QUESTION: How do costs and effects of in-vitro maturation (IVM) compare to IVF in women with a high antral follicle count (AFC)?

DESIGN: This cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) was based on data of a previous retrospective cohort study at IVFMD, My Duc Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Between July 2015 and December 2017, 608 women underwent IVM and 311 women IVF. The effectiveness measure for the CEA was cumulative live birth rate (LBR) after one completed cycle including subsequent cryo-cycles within 12 months of inclusion. Data were collected on resource use related to treatment, medication and pregnancy from the case report forms. The mean costs and effects, average cost differences and incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICER) were calculated using non-parametric bootstrap resampling to assess the effect of uncertainty in the estimates.

RESULTS: Cumulative LBR after one completed cycle were 239/608 (39.3%) in the IVM group versus 155/311 (49.8%) in the IVF group (adjusted odds ratio 0.52, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.30-0.89). Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) did not occur in the IVM group versus 11/311 (3.5%) in the IVF group. The mean costs per couple were €4300 (95% CI €1371-18,798) for IVM and €6493 (95% CI €2204-20,136) for IVF. The ICER per additional live birth with IVF was €20,144 (95% CI €9116-50,418). Results were robust over a wide range of assumptions.

CONCLUSIONS: IVM is less expensive than IVF in women with a high AFC undergoing treatment with assisted reproductive technology, while leading to a slightly lower effectiveness in terms of cumulative LBR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalReproductive Biomedicine Online
Issue number1
Early online date28 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

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  • Cost-effectiveness
  • In-vitro maturation
  • IVF
  • IVM


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