IVF involves harvesting eggs from a woman and fertilizing the eggs in culture with sperm from a male donor.
The fertilized egg is then allowed to grow under sterile conditions for 2 – 5 days, at which point it becomes an embryo and can be implanted into the woman.
The quality of the embryo is very important for the success of the implantation and pregnancy.
Fertility experts out of Newcastle University have designed a system that will help improve the process of in vitro fertilization.
The system includes a series of completely enclosed and interlinked incubators that allow the entire process to be performed under constant conditions.
The system was tested at Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life and produced exciting results.
The clinic observed a 27% increase in pregnancy rates using the new system as compared to the previous two years. The system resulted in a 45% pregnancy rate, up from 32% and 35% in the previous two years.
Other international clinics have already purchased the system in hopes of producing similar results.