The Embryoscope is a machine that is a combination of a time-lapse camera, a microscope, and an incubator. It provides us and other fertility specialists globally an uninterrupted and continuous update of the development of the embryo. This is a much better substitute to the conventional method of having to remove the embryos once every day from the incubator for microscopic observation.
This technology, practiced more ardently in the developed countries, is a great treatment option for women who have experienced repeated failed IVF experiences. It provides a constant record of the developing embryo. Being able to access information like never before helps our specialists identify the embryos that may result in definite pregnancies.
Using the Embryoscope, our specialists can study the normalcy and abnormalities in the embryo. This brings to light issues that were not possible to detect before. Also, the reduced handling of the embryos on a daily basis improves its viability.
Monitoring of the embryos in an Embryoscope is becoming a rapid choice amongst most patients and clinics.
Laser Hatching is a lab procedure performed on embryos in its cleavage stages, i.e., those embryos that are 3 days old in the IV development. To get the eggs to hatch, an opening is artificially made on the outer shell (also called zona pellucida) of the embryos with a precision laser beam. In the cleavage stages of the IVF these shells are usually harder. So, the opening on the zona pellucida allows the eggs to hatch and prepare to fuse with the sperm for fertilisation. It ensures that only a single sperm enters the egg. The fertilised embryo is then placed into the female partner's womb.
It is more common for women in the late thirties or older to produce eggs with a much harder zona pellucida, making the hatching difficult. Sometimes women who have been treated for FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) also face this problem. Laser hatching increases the chance of conception. It is a quick and extremely safe hatching procedure compared to the older methods which included hatching induced by pouring an acidic medium on the egg.