Infertility is frustrating and painful, but if there is a silver lining to being infertile today, it is that this field of medicine is seeing some amazing improvements resulting in more pregnancies and more healthy babies. We talked about many advancements on yesterday’s Creating a Family show with Dr. Eric Forman, Reproductive Endocrinologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, and Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in New Jersey. He was co-author of the cover story in July 2014 issue of Contemporary OBGYN Magazine, “The New IVF Paradigm”.
Four Amazing Advancements in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
1. Chromosomal Testing at Day 5
Back in the olden days (a couple of years ago) chromosomal testing of embryos happened at around Day 3 of culture. At that stage of development, the embryo only has 6-8 cells, so only one cell could be removed.
It is now possible to biopsy the embryo at around Day 5 (the blastocyst stage, when the embryo has 75-100 cells and you can distinguish when cells will go on to develop into a fetus and which will become the placenta. More cells means more cells can be removed during the biopsy from those that are destined to become the placenta, thus increasing the accuracy of the test results.