Embryos - An atlas for IVF patients

The end point of an IVF treatment cycle is an embryo; and an IVF lab will successfully create many embryos in the lab for most of their patients. Good IVF labs routinely show patients their embryos; but unfortunately many labs don't, which means most patients are cluele...

The Embryo Biopsy Procedure - A View Under The Micromanipulator

                                   Here are some images of the embryo biopsy procedure under a micromanipulator. The images are reproduced stage by stage to help you get an exact idea about how things work. As you can see, this is a delicate operation, and needs to be...

Is Embryo Adoption Better than Traditional Adoption?

When one thinks of adoption, the first thing that comes to mind is about adopting a baby. However, there is another kind too- embryo adoption! In the latter the infertile couple adopts  the embryo before pregnancy. Some couples who have faced IVF failure do eventually...

Day 3 vs Day 5 transfer , if there is only a single embryo

If you have only a single embryo, should you do a transfer on Day 3 or Day 5 ? This is a common dilemma which both patients and doctors face , and there are pros and cons for both approaches. After all, if you have only one embryo, then why bother to wai...

Is there any connection between Grade C embryos and the risk of birth defects ?

A patient asked me this question. Can Grade A embryos result in abnormalities in the baby ? Or do only Grade C results in abnormalities ?  Sadly, there is still a lot of misunderstanding  about embryo grading . Most embryologists are not skilled enough to be able to...

Embryos - An atlas for IVF patients - part 2

This is an oocyte-cumulus complex which is identified in the follicular fluid (aspirated during egg collection) when this is scanned under the stereozoom microscope in the IVF lab. Note how shapeless the egg is, and how difficult it is to judge egg quality by just lo...

Store your Embryos using Vitrification

Vitrification is an exciting new technique which is used to cryopreserve (freeze) supernumerary eggs and embryos. Using ultrarapid (flash) freezing techniques, it's now possible to efficiently store spare eggs and embryos, so they can be used later on to achieve a pregn...

Why every IVF clinic needs a full time embryologist

There are many IVF clinics in India now, but very few have a full time embryologist. This is because it takes years of experience to become an expert embryologist - and there just aren't many qualified embryologists around. This article by Dr Saiprasad Gundeti ex...

Did I harm my embryos?

A patient sent me this email . I had my FET yesterday, I have voiding  dysfunction and soon after the transfer I peed , I was really really uncomfortable but due to my problem I had difficulty peeing and I stressed my bladder and peed,soon after I was so worried...

Why transferring one embryo at a time is the best option for IVF patients !

Patients are often confused as to how many embryos to transfer, especially when they have three or four top quality blastocysts. Many of them want the doctor to put back more embryos, in order to maximize their chance of getting pregnant in the first cycle its...