The heart of the IVF clinic is the IVF laboratory, because this is where the embryos are actually made. The IVF lab is often off-limits to patients in most IVF centers, which is why most patients don't have a clue what goes on in the IVF lab.
Here's a guided tour of our IVF lab, to familiarise you with what happens to your eggs and embryos, and how the IVF lab helps you to make a baby.
- This is the soul of the IVF lab - the CO2 incubator, where ICSI is performed. It is also used to perform the embryo biopsy when doing PGD. It allows us to visualise the eggs , sperm and embryos because of the high degree of magnification it offers; and also allows us to precisely manipulate the fine pipettes which are used to perform surgery on the egg and embryo !
- This is the computer-controlled embryo cryopreservation unit , which allows us to freeze and store embryos.
- These are liquid nitrogen containers, in which sperm and embryos are frozen and preserved at -196 C.