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Time-Lapse Monitoring and Its Affect on The Future of IVF

During IVF treatment eggs are fertilized in a laboratory setting.  The resulting embryos are closely monitored in order to select the embryo that is of the highest quality and best suited for implantation. Selection of the healthiest embryo is one of the most important parts of an IVF cycle.  A low quality embryo is less likely to implant or to result in a live birth.  Time-lapse monitoring provides a high tech way of monitoring and selecting the best quality embryo. 

2015-17What is time-lapse monitoring?

The time-lapse process to monitor embryos uses a camera that takes several photographs of embryos over the course of an hour.  This process is repeated every hour during the incubation period.  These images can then be watched together in a fast moving slide show that allows physicians to watch the embryos as they developed in order to identify which one is best suited for implantation.

How is monitoring via time-lapse different than traditional monitoring?

With traditional techniques, embryos are removed from their incubators once or twice per day for review.  These brief glimpses of the embryos' progress were relied upon to determine which embryos were best suited for implantation.  If genetic issues were suspected, cells would need to be removed from the embryo for testing – a process which has the potential to damage the embryo. 

With the time-lapse process, the embryos are continually monitored inside of their incubator.  The high number of images, typically over 5,000 per embryo, can be used to watch every step of development and to identify potential problems.

How can this process change IVF outcomes?

The primary reason IVF cycles do not work is due to issues with the embryo.  The human survival rate from fertilization to live birth is 30 percent, regardless of how the embryo was created.  The vast majority of the lost embryos are due to chromosomal issues.  The time-lapse monitoring process helps to identify embryos with an chromosomal defect and to choose the embryo that is most likely to result in live birth.  This process could increase the live birth rate by 50 percent or more.

For additional information on time-lapse monitoring and how the procedure can improve IVF outcomes, contact the fertility experts at New Hope Fertility Center today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

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