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What is Time-Lapse Monitoring?

One of the most important parts of in vitro fertilization is monitoring the embryos as they progress.  Monitoring embryos allows the fertility care team to select the healthiest embryo for implantation.  Healthy embryos are significantly more likely to result in live birth, which makes the selection process an integral part of fertility treatment.

Traditional Monitoring Methods

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Traditionally, embryos were manually checked once or twice a day. These checks required that the embryos be removed from their incubator.  This process only provides for a brief snapshot during the embryo’s development.  Embryologists then rely upon this limited view in order to select the best embryo for implantation.

Time-Lapse Monitoring

Time-lapse monitoring is a state of the art method of monitoring how embryos form.  Several images are taken of the embryos every hour during the incubation period.  These individual images can then be viewed in motion, allowing fertility experts to watch as the embryos develop.  This process allows physicians to see chromosomal defects that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.  Additionally, time-lapse monitoring is done with closed incubation, there is no need to remove the embryos from incubation.

Research with time-lapse monitoring allowed researches to outline standards for when an embryo should be a particular stage of development.  Embryos that develop outside of these established norms can be classified as having a low likelihood of resulting in a live birth.

Improvements in IVF Results

In human reproduction, nearly 70 percent of all embryos do not result in a live birth.  The majority of the time these embryos do not implant and the woman is unaware that an egg was fertilized.  In other instances, the pregnancy is miscarried.  A large number of these lost embryos are the result of chromosomal defects in the embryos. 

Time-lapse monitoring can drastically reduce the number of embryos with chromosomal defects that are transferred during IVF treatment.  This step can significantly raise the life birth rate for IVF treatment, to as much as 78 percent. 

For additional information about time-lapse monitoring and how it may be used to increase your chance of having a healthy baby, contact the 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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