What is Embryoscope?
The incubators are the soul of every in vitro fertilisation (IVF) laboratory since they take care of the embryos while they grow, mimicking the conditions of a mother’s womb. Traditionally incubators are unable to display other variables apart from the culture conditions and the embryos inevitably have to be taken out for daily evaluation interrupting controlled culture conditions.
Time-lapse embryo imaging can be used safely and continuously to monitor embryos during the whole incubation period. The EmbryoScopeTM is a revolutionary IVF incubator with a built-in microscope, which combines time-lapse imaging of the embryos during the culture and the latest incubator technology. This allows embryo development to be analysed on high resolution while maintaining the best conditions in this state-of-the-art incubator. The deep and precise information about the embryo developmental patterns derived from analysis of the time-lapse images is also used as part of the selection process of the very best embryos for transfer.
Who is this for?
The Embryoscope can be used with any type of patient undergoing an assisted reproduction treatment, although the chances of an improvement in the results are greatest among patients who generate more embryos because there is a better possibility for selection.
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Why Embryoscope? & What are the advantages?
The 24-hour monitoring prevents disturbing the embryos for their assessment thereby improving the culture conditions and eliminates any manual handling, minimising the risk of accidents.
The analysis of the time-lapse images and videos enables our embryologists to select the embryo with the highest chance of implanting in the uterus, thereby increasing your chances of having a baby.
This provides the expectant parents the first photos and videos of their future baby.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
IVF was originally developed for women with blocked tubes or missing fallopian tubes and it is still the procedure of choice for these situations. It is also used when other conditions are present, including endometriosis, male factor infertility and unexplained infertility in which no medical cause for infertility can be found. Our experts will review your history and help to guide you to the treatment and diagnostic procedures that are most appropriate for you.
1/3rd of the infertility issues are contributed by the male partner. Male factors also influence increased rate of miscarriages. Most common causes of male infertility are as follows.
- Abnormal sperm count or low sperm motility
- Chronic ailments such as cancer
- Environmental factors: Exposure to radioactive chemicals
- Lifestyle factors: Being overweight, smoking, drinking alcohol
Infertility is gender neutral. It affects the male and the female population. 1/3rd of the infertility issues are contributed by the female partner. In the world 50-80 million suffer from infertility. Most common causes of female infertility are as follows.
- Hormonal issues leading to ovulation problems
- Tubal blockage
- Lifestyle factors: Being overweight, smoking, drinking alcohol, unhealthy diet
- Unexplained infertility
Women are born with approximately 2 million eggs in their ovaries. Before a girl reaches puberty, about 11,000 eggs die every month. Thus, in her teenage years, a woman has only about 300,000 to 400,000 eggs available. From this point onwards, about 1000 eggs are utilised every month. This has nothing to do with any form of birth control, pregnancy, hormone production, health, lifestyle or nutritional supplements. Eventually, a woman reaches menopause when she has no viable eggs left.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) refers to a condition caused by hormonal imbalances. Women suffering from PCOS produce higher than normal amounts of male hormones. This affects ovulation and can result in irregular periods. In some cases, women suffering from PCOS may have irregular periods. This, in turn, can make it harder for these women to conceive. In fact, PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility.