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 woman’s uterus.
All of these steps occur in a laboratory setting, hence the name “in vitro” fertilization.
It’s important for this process to be performed in an environment similar to the natural environment. 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% – an increase of about 30% in women under the age of 37.
Over 850 babies have been born following the clinic’s implementation of the new system.