An Embryoscope is a new type of incubator that allows the embryologist to monitor embryo cell divisions while the embryos are still in the incubator. The incubator has a built-in camera that can take pictures of the embryos at timed intervals.
Blastocyst culture refers to the practice of developing embryos within a laboratory setting until they reach the blastocyst stage (Day 5 of development). By extending the in vitro culture period until the blastocyst stage, embryos can be observed for a longer period of time.
Assisted hatching is a procedure where we can help the embryo “hatch” from its “shell” by creating a small crack in the zona pellucida. It is believed that assisted hatching can help an embryo implant in the uterus, leading to higher pregnancy rates in some patients.
PGS (also known as aneuploidy screening) is a treatment add-on. It involves checking the chromosomes of embryos created by in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for abnormalities.
PESA is a procedure performed for men who are having sperm retrieved for IVF/ICSI who have obstructive azoospermia from either a prior vasectomy or infection.
TESA is a procedure performed for men who are having sperm retrieved for IVF/ICSI. It is done with local anesthesia in the operating room or office and is coordinated with their female partner’s egg retrieval. A needle is inserted in the testicle and tissue/sperm are aspirated.
Vitrification is the rapid cooling of liquid medium in the absence of ice crystal formation. The solution forms an amorphous glass as a result of rapid cooling by direct immersion of the embryos in a polyethelene (PE) straw into liquid nitrogen.