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How Time Lapse Technology is Improving Embryo Selection

Transferring healthy embryos is a key factor in the success of IVF treatment.  Healthy, well-formed embryos are best suited for implantation and resulting in a live birth .  With traditional methods, embryos are reviewed once or twice a day and the decision of health are based on these limited views.  The use of time lapse monitoring has dramatically improved the way embryos are monitored and selected for implantation. 



During time lapse monitoring, embryos are photographed several times per hour.  There is no need to remove embryos from their incubator for these reviews.  At the end of the incubation period, embryologists are able to watch all of the images at once, which create a live action view of the embryos development.  This real time view of development provides a level of detail that was previously not available.   When time lapse monitoring is used, embryologists are able to monitor and track:

  • How the embryo divides
  • The length of time between divisions
  • The length of rest periods in development
  • The timing of significant events like blastocyst formation
  • Abnormalities during division
  • Chromosomal abnormalities 

This information provides a means for embryologists to make a determination of an embryo’s health based on their full development.  As many as 70 percent of embryos, both IVF and naturally conceived, do not survive due to abnormalities.  Often, these losses occur before a woman knows she’s pregnant.  During IVF treatment, these loses often occur during “failed” cycles.  The time lapse method of monitoring changes this effect.  Embyologists are now able to make fully informed decisions about an embryo’s health which ultimately results in increased success rates.  This process makes it easier to identify embryos with chromosomal issues.  

Find out more on time lapse monitoring and how its use can significantly improve IVF success rates by contacting New Hope Fertility Center today.  Their team of fertility experts focus on providing state of the art treatment to all of their patients in order to provide the highest success rates for fertility care.  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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