If you’re undergoing in vitro fertilization, embryo selection is a key part of the treatment. A new technology called the EmbryoScope™ can make the selection process more precise. Find out more about how it works in the guide below.
What Is the EmbryoScope?
The EmbryoScope is a type of incubator that creates a controlled environment for an embryo to start developing outside of the uterus. Incubation lasts about five to seven days, after which a fertility doctor transfers the embryo into a patient’s uterus.
During incubation, the EmbryoScope takes photos of the embryos every 10 minutes with a built-in camera. These images allow doctors to not only monitor incubation, but also predict which embryos are more likely to result in a pregnancy following in vitro fertilization and which may have chromosomal abnormalities.
How Can Patients Benefit From This Technology?
By using the EmbryoScope, doctors don’t need to remove the embryos from the incubator for routine examinations. Keeping the embryos in a controlled environment reduces stress. Studies have also shown that the EmbryoScope may improve the chances of implantation and presents at least an equivalent success rate as standard incubation. If you’re undergoing in vitro fertilization, your doctor may recommend the EmbryoScope as a viable incubation option.
If you’re interested in learning more about the EmbryoScope and the latest fertility technology, contact the team at Pacific In Vitro Fertilization Institute. As Hawaii’s first in vitro fertilization clinic, they’ve served patients in Honolulu since 1985. Whether you’re looking to undergo testing or want information on fertility preservation, their doctors will provide the services to meet your needs. They’re also happy to discuss options for LGBT individuals and couples. To view a full list of their services, visit them online. You can also call (808) 946-2226 to schedule a consultation today.