An important factor in the success of IVF cycles is how healthy the implanted embryos are.
The generation of embryos for IVF begins when eggs harvested from a female are mixed with sperm donated from a male for fertilization of the eggs.
After fertilization occurs, the embryos are allowed to develop for a few days prior to implantation in the womanâ€™s uterus.
All of these steps occur in a laboratory setting, hence the name â€śin vitroâ€ť fertilization.
Itâ€™s important for this process to be performed in an environment similar to the natural environment. Â Until recently, some of the steps took place outside of a incubator.
Now, researchers out of Newcastle University have developed a incubator system that produces very successful IVF rates.
The system includes multiple in-line incubators that are fitted with microscopes so that every step of the in vitro process can be performed in the closed system.
A clinic that has already implemented the system has seen pregnancy rates increase from 35% per session of IVF to 45% â€“ an increase of about 30% in women under the age of 37.
Over 850 babies have been born following the clinicâ€™s implementation of the new system.