Selecting the best embryo is the best way to get pregnant with IVF (in vitro fertilization). By “best”, researchers mean the one most likely to result in a successful pregnancy.
This summary of research that shows how a new technique of selecting embryos can help you conceive.
There are many reasons IVF doesn’t work (read 5 Reasons In Vitro Fertilization Fails to Result in Pregnancy for a detailed description) – but the most common obstacle to getting pregnant with IVF is that the embryo has abnormal chromosomes.
This highlights the importance of selecting the right or best embryo when you’re using fertility treatments to conceive.
Conventional or traditional microscopes aren’t powerful enough to show embryologists or your fertility doctor which embryos will result in a successful pregnancy.
And here’s where it gets really technical and medical: only biopsy of one or a few cells of the early embryo followed by preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) will reveal if the number of chromosomes is normal.
Selecting Embryos – Getting Pregnant With IVF
A research study in Reproductive BioMedicine Online reveals a new way of identifying which embryos have the best chances of implanting successfully. It involves time lapse imaging of IVF embryos over five days, and may be the most effective way to select the best embryo to place in the uterus.
Researchers at Care Fertility in Nottingham, UK took this a step further, and described how “morphokinetic analysis” (more medical jargon, sorry) can identify embryos that have abnormal chromosomes. Using this approach, fertility doctors can avoid exposing some embryos to invasive biopsy procedures.
This information is most useful for fertility doctors; there’s not much you as a fertility patient can do to select the best embryos for getting pregnant! Except hope and pray – which may be more effective and valuable than you think.
It’s always good to mention new fertility research statistics to your fertility team. Here’s the original research article, for you to print and take to your clinic: Breakthrough for IVF?
Here’s a different way to think about selecting embryos for IVF: What is Embryo Donation? For Couples Who Can’t Get Pregnant.
Getting pregnant with IVF – Care Fertility
I visited Care Fertility’s website, and was surprised at how high their success rates are. Here are a few stats from their website:
“If you’re starting your first treatment cycle and are under the age of 37, we are achieving results of 48.6%. For patients who have experienced recurrent miscarriage / implantation failure at other clinics, and who are told they have poor prognosis, we are achieving pregnancy rates of 32.65%.”
I don’t know if you can afford to get fertility treatments in Britain (I know I can’t), but their site is worth a look.
If you’re not sold on fertility treatments (IVF in particular), read Should You Try In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to Get Pregnant?