Renewed hope exists for couples
experiencing difficulties falling pregnant thanks to the recent launch of the
embryoscope; an advanced incubator that allows for minute-by-minute observation
of an embryo from the moment it is fertilised, to the point when it is
transferred to a hopeful mom’s uterus. Internationally, this technique has been
proven to increase chances of having a baby by more than 20%.
Now South African men and women with dreams
of becoming parents have access to the embryoscope, because the first machine
of its kind in the country has been launched by leading fertility clinic,
“Our commitment has always been to combine
the latest techniques with the highest level of patient care. The embryoscope
allows us to achieve this and more,” says Vitalab’s Dr Merwyn Jacobson.
“The embryoscope allows us to gather very
specific information about embryos without having to remove them daily from the
incubator to observe their progress. Continuous images of the embryos are
captured as a video, which means we can monitor the embryos constantly and
capture any new information about their growth. Based on this data, we can
select embryos which are more likely to implant successfully in a hopeful
mother-to-be’s womb,” explains Dr Jacobson.
According to Dr Jacobson, the following
benefits have been linked to the embryoscope and its success rate:
1.It improves embryo selection: Experts
have learned that when embryos feature optimal levels of cell division, they
have more than a 20% increased chance of implanting. Embryologists can now make
decisions based on the actual condition of the embryo and where it is in the
process of development, thanks to the embryoscope.
2. It improves embryo culture and incubator
conditions: Incubators feature the very best gas and temperature conditions for
embryos to develop. Before the embryoscope, the embryos would have to be
removed daily for a few minutes from this perfect environment to assess their
progress. This would cause stress to the embryo by reducing its temperature and
changing the acidity of the environment. Now that the embryos can be assessed
from inside the incubator, the embryos remains in an undisturbed condition
resulting in higher pregnancy rates
3.It gives fertility specialists,
embryologists and parents-to-be more information about the embryos: The
duration of each cell division can now be measured and critical observations
about the embryos can be confirmed
4.It provides a record on film of the
beginning of the future baby's life: The embryoscope provides a record in
pictures and videos of the very beginning of a future baby's life. This
pioneering technique allows embryo cell division to be viewed on a monitor in
real time, capturing moments from the beginning of life.
The start of a life
The pioneering technology that is the
embryoscope has meant that many moms and dads across the globe have realised
their long-held dreams of starting a family.
If you are hopeful parents-to-be consider
the embryoscope and contact Vitalab on 0861 VITALAB or +27 (0)11 911-4700.