Like other IVF clinics, the Agora uses embryo selection methods to help improve the chances of implantation so that patients have the best chance of having a healthy baby. Best practice techniques have meant examining the developing embryos under a microscope at least once a day, for several days; this has involved briefly removing them from the incubator where they are kept.
Although conventional incubators achieve excellent results, investment in the Embryoscope now means there is an alternative to this proven technique, which can be particularly helpful for women who have had one or more failed cycles using the conventional incubator. Using the Embryoscope, embryo development can be monitored 24/7 via time-lapse photography, without the need to remove them from the incubator. This helps to improve the chances of selecting the best single embryo and the chances of a successful conception.
The Embryoscope incubator has a built-in camera and microscope that takes an image of the embryos every ten minutes. As a result, time-lapse videos of individual embryos are produced while the embryos themselves remain undisturbed. Advanced software then allows us to use this recorded information to select the best embryo for implantation.
Studies have shown that being able to select a single embryo with the highest development potential allows for similar pregnancy rates to multiple transfers while lowering the risks associated with multiple pregnancy1,2. Moreover, selecting embryos using Embryoscope image information has been reported to significantly reduce miscarriage rates compared with standard methods3,4. We also believe that Embryoscope is particularly good news for our older patients, as improved pregnancy rates have been reported for patients of all ages3.
If you’d like to know more about Embryoscope, please contact one of our team at the Agora Clinic. You can call us on 01273 229410.
1. McLernon et al. BMJ. 2010 (341): c6945.
- López-Regalado et al. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 (178): p. 192-8.