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The embryologist - the unsung hero of the IVF clinic.

Lots of patients don't know how to evaluate how good or bad an IVF clinic is. This is hardly surprising , because when they go to an IVF clinic, all they do is see the doctor,  who is a clinician. However , the real heart of IVF treatment lies in the IVF laboratory, w...

But I need only one embryo to get pregnant !

Patients with poor ovarian reserve can be extremely hard to counsel, especially when they're young and have regular periods because they can't understand why they're not being able to get pregnant and why they're failing repeated IVF cycles. After all, they have eggs, t...

EMBRYO / OOCYTE VITRIFICATION PROTOCOL

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...

Dr. Malpani-Testing for pregnancy after an embryo transfer in an IVF cycle

While all IVF patients understand with their heads that not every IVF cycle results in success, in their heart of hearts, every patient expects to get pregnant every time they do IVF ! This is why the 2ww after the embryo transfer can be so nerve-wracking ! Am I preg...

Frozen Embryos- The Why, What and How

When a couple first comes to us for treatment, the very first thing we do is counsel and educate them. In fact, this becomes the foundation of the entire procedure. The things we discuss with them at this point of time are the very things that will help them manage so...

IVF - Part 2 - More about Test Tube Babies. Egg retrieval. Fertilisation. Embryo Culture

How is egg retrieval performed ? How are the eggs inseminated in the IVF laboratory ? How is fertilization checked in the IVF lab ? How are embryos cultured in the IVF lab ? How is egg retrieval performed ? Egg Retrieval Egg collection is accomplished today by ul...

Is Bed Rest After Embryo Transfer Necessary ?

                                    There is no difference in the IVF outcome, if a woman restricts herself to bed; or if she carries on normal activities after embryo transfer. Will moving after an embryo transfer cause my embryos to get dislodged from the ute...

Fresh versus frozen embryos - which are better ?

A few years ago, the answer to this question would have been simple. The traditional teaching has always been that fresh embryos are better than frozen embryos . They have a better chance of becoming a baby - in scientific jargon, they have a higher implantation rate...

IVF success story after embryo adoption

Here is an IVF success story of a couple who opted for embryo adoption. We have been married for 14 years and we lived apart for 4 years since he was outside the country on work. As soon as he returned we started to go for treatment in India. They did laparosco...

Poor Quality Embryos- The Reasons that IVF Doctors will Give

There are times when the quality of embryos in an IVF cycle isn’t up to the mark and it’s natural for the patient to be upset and she wants an explanation. Typically, a credible and good embryologist will sit down and make every effort to explain to the patient the di...