The fertility treatment industry and the medical field in general are no strangers to new technology making its way into the field. Innovative procedures and treatments are introduced consistently in the medical industry, with research being conducted every day to help improve the lives of people and, in the fertility field, to help couples conceive.
In vitro fertilization may be a staple among assisted reproductive technologies, as many people have become familiar with the procedure that combines an egg and sperm in a dish in a laboratory so that an embryo may form and be placed in the woman’s uterus where she is expected to carry it to term. With innovations in the field, the success rate of IVF has increased consistently through the years.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis allows doctors to determine if any genetic defects exist in embryos used in the in vitro fertilization process. By diagnosing genetic disorders in embryos before they are used in an IVF procedure, many scientists and doctors believe that this has helped to cut down on genetic defects at birth and has improved the success rate of IVF.
Still, there are those looking for other ways to increase the in vitro fertilization success rate. Using a procedure called Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (Array CGH), scientists believe that the new technology will increase the success of fertility treatment.
In this procedure, about 8 to 10 cells are removed from a blastocyst embryo on the fifth day following retrieval. The cells are then tested, which many believe has led to an increase in the IVF success rate. The procedure may require a couple of weeks before results may be obtained, which requires that the embryos are cryo-pressed and transferred in another treatment cycle. Research is still being done regarding this new technology in fertility treatment, including whether there are any adverse effects on the embryo throughout this process.
Couples and patients who are interested in this new technology and other fertility treatments should speak to a medical professional at a fertility clinic in their area for more information. In cases where couples have gone through several treatments with no success, exploring other options may be helpful. For couples and patients new to treatment, utilizing a proven treatment may be the best option. Of course, this is a decision that couples must make amongst themselves and with the guidance of a medical professional in the fertility services field.