Embryology plays a key role in IVF technology. Look: Embryology is the study of an embryo from the first stage of fertilization through fetal development. Why is this important? High quality embryos have the highest chance of implantation into a woman’s uterine lining resulting in a successful pregnancy. Cutting-edge IVF technology available at New Hope Fertility Center in NYC provides embryos culturing in vitro with an optimum environment for healthy development prior to fresh transfer and/or cryopreservation.
Embryology Roles in the IVF Process
- HRSS – High Resolution Sperm Selection
- ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
- Assisted Hatching
- In Vitro Maturation
High Resolution Sperm Injection (HRSS). This is the technology providing embryologists with the ability to view sperm at 6000 x magnification using Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) microscopy. Through HRSS, an embryologist can view the physical details of each sperm – shape, size – looking for good morphological appearance. Normal chromosomes and less fragmentation in DNA are key factors playing a significant role in the quality of an embryo resulting from an egg’s fertilization with healthy sperm.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is an in vitro laboratory procedure helping to resolve male-factor infertility due to low sperm count or poor sperm quality. ICSI is a micromanipulation of fertilizing an egg by injecting a single sperm directly into the cytoplasm of a mature egg using a pipette (glass needle).
A computer-assisted laser procedure – known as Assisted Hatching helps the mass of cells inside an embryo escape during transfer for better uterine lining implantation success. A tiny opening is made in the Zona Pellucida through a computer-assisted laser after the embryo has cultured for up to five days.
In Vitro Maturation
Through In Vitro Maturation (IVM) – also known as IVF/M or in vitro fertilization with maturation – immature eggs are retrieved for maturation in vitro and fertilization using ICSI.
The rare opportunity for patients to benefit from EmbryoScope technology at New Hope Fertility Center provides time-lapsed information and monitoring of every embryo’s development without disruption of in vitro culturing.
Our revolutionary Mini-IVF™ increases the chances of pregnancy without the need for large dosages of costly fertility medications used to produce an excessive number of eggs. Here’s the deal: The goal with a Mini-IVF™ protocol is to produce between 3 and 5 quality eggs per fresh cycle. The best part: Pregnancy success rates for Mini-IVF™ are comparable to Conventional IVF.
Because lower dosages of fertility medications are prescribed to only produce 3 to 5 high quality eggs, the patient’s cost per Mini-IVF™ cycle is reduced. With a Mini-IVF™ protocol, the patient’s physical discomfort is lessened because her body is not forced into producing the 10 to 15 eggs reached in a Conventional IVF cycle.
Look: The Mini-IVF™ protocol in a nutshell.
- A fertility medication regimen to produce 3 to 5 quality eggs
- Cycle monitoring through ultrasound imaging and blood tests
- Surgical egg retrieval
- Fertilization of egg and sperm in vitro via (ICSI)
- Culture and monitoring of embryo(s) via EmbryoScope technology
- Grading and selection of quality embryos for fresh transfer
- Grading and selection of quality embryos for future Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures
- Single Embryo Transfer (SET)
Candidates for Mini-IVF™
Mini-IVF™ is the best treatment protocol for those women who have been:
- Diagnosed with blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes due to endometriosis
- Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Diagnosed as having a risk of developing Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
- Diagnosed with a low ovarian reserve due to endometriosis
- Diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo treatment
Mini-IVF™ has also become the preferred treatment protocol for:
- Those patients who have failed multiple Conventional IVF cycles
- Those patients suffering from male-factor infertility
- Those patients wanting to reduce their costs of treatment
- Those patients wanting to reduce their risk of multiple pregnancy
- Those patients who don’t want to create excessive embryos due to religious reasons
- Those patients who want to reduce their use of injectable medications because of an aversion to needles
- Those patients who want to undergo another fresh IVF cycle immediately after a failed cycle
Celebrated Embryology Expertise
It is important to work with a fertility center having embryology expertise. We will design a customized IVF protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation at New Hope Fertility Center click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.