Around the human egg there is a shell or capsule that contains the inner workings (organelles) of that vastly complex cell. The shell is designed to split and release the inner embryo if and when it has fertilized and grown to about 6 days old.
If the shell does not weaken at the right place, the embryo may be trapped inside and stop growing if it does not hatch out. In our laboratory our embryologists can use a high-tech specific laser to open the shell. This is called assisted hatching.
Blastocyst (Day 5) Culture
This is part of culturing aspect of an IVF cycle whereby we allow the embryos to be cultured in the extremely precise and closely monitored conditions of our laboratory for five days, rather than three days.
The aim is to allow longer time for the embryo to progress under monitoring to allow us to select the best embryo quality for transfer. It also allows us to reduce the risk of multiple pregnancies by transferring fewer embryos of identifiably better quality.
This is the most up-to-date method by which Embryologists can cryopreserve embryos and eggs. It is a ‘rapid-freezing’ technique which helps to minimise the risk of damaging the embryos in the freeze-thaw process.
This technique is used routinely in our laboratory for patients who have surplus embryos remaining after their embryo transfer and wish to preserve them for use in the future, without having to undergo an entire IVF cycle again.
Eeva Time-lapse Imaging
The Eeva Test uses non-invasive time-lapse imaging of embryos during the incubation period. Normally embryos are kept within the incubator and removed at various time-points to perform an assessment of their development.
The Eeva Test allows the embryos to remain undisturbed within the incubator and instead records a video which can be reviewed on an external monitor. The Eeva Test utilises software to analyse how the embryos are developing and categorises them based on their potential to develop into blastocysts and implant.
The embryologists can then combine this information with traditional embryo grading to decide the best embryos for transfer.
Embryo Glue is a substance that contains high levels of implantation-promoting molecules called Hyaluronan.
The product enhances the interaction between molecules on the embryo surface interacting with molecular receptors in the uterus. These natural systems work together to also introduce and bind sperm to egg to facilitate egg penetration by the sperm cell and thus fertilise the egg.
It may be suggested by your clinician where there is a history of good quality embryos and a failed implantation in the past.
Surgical Sperm Retrieval (SSR)
TESE & MicroTESE
Surgical Sperm Retrieval is the technique whereby we remove small portions of tissue from the testes with the aim of extracting sperm cells for use in treatment. Surgical Sperm Retrieval Procedures may be recommended in cases of azoospermia (where there is no sperm in the ejaculate).
There are two techniques available at ReproMed: TESE and MicroTESE. At your consultation your doctor will discuss if surgical sperm retrieval would be recommended in your case and which of the techniques would give you the best chance of success, based on the root cause of azoospermia.
MicroTESE procedures are carried out by Dr Kevin McEleny ,Consultation Urologist.
Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
This is a laboratory technique that enables people with an identified genetic condition in their family to avoid passing it on to their offspring. This is performed with the support of a fully accredited genetic laboratory including a Genetic Counsellor to assist in the interpretation of the results.
A biopsy containing just one or two cells from the embryo is removed and the chromosomes are examined. If the embryo has no abnormalities it is reported as being suitable for embryo transfer.
We offer this treatment in conjunction with one of a number of our approved clinics in Europe.
If a woman no longer has viable eggs or has a very limited supply of eggs, a couple can use donor eggs to achieve a much-wanted pregnancy. We work with some of the best clinics in Europe to provide this service, where eggs are retrieved from a donor, which will then be fertilised by your partner’s sperm or donor sperm.
The embryos will be placed, during the embryo transfer procedure, into your uterine cavity. More than 60% of donor-egg IVF procedures that are carried out with our affiliate clinics result in pregnancy.
This is an integral part of the service that we offer to our patients. Learn more about our Fertility Counsellors and their areas of expertise in our Support Services Section.