At Bath Fertility Centre we are able to offer you the latest techniques and procedures, thereby increasing your chances of successful fertility treatment.
All of these techniques will be discussed with you by our experienced fertility experts.
The following advanced techniques are available at Bath Fertility Centre:
Time lapse monitoring of embryos
Using special cameras, housed within our incubators, photos are taken every 10 minutes allowing the timings and development patterns of embryo growth to be watched over the entire duration of embryo development. This allows us to select the embryos with the highest implantation potential for transfer.
A simple procedure that takes place approximately 7 – 14 days before the start of your IVF treatment. The endometrium (lining of the uterus) is gently “scratched”. Studies show that it changes the way your endometrial lining grows back thereby helping your embryos implant.
Laser assisted hatching
Your embryo(s) need to hatch out of their protective membrane when they reach the blastocyst stage at 5 – 6 days old. Assisted hatching is a laboratory technique where a small gap is made in the soft membrane of an embryo shortly before embryo transfer.
Blastocyst transfer is where we allow the embryos to develop to 5 -6 days old at which point they become a Blastocyst and are transferred back into your uterus. Culture of embryos to the Blastocyst stage is very exacting, but we have the laboratory conditions to achieve this. We will always aim to achieve Blastocyst stage where possible to increase the chance of a successful implantation.
Embryo grading allows us to choose the embryos with the greatest potential to become a normal pregnancy. This is done by grading the embryos on their appearance. Time lapse monitoring can assist this.
Sperm DNA testing
This test provides a measure of the DNA fragility index inside the sperm. If the DNA integrity is found to be reduced this can lead to a decrease in fertility and the risk of spontaneous miscarriage is increased. However, additional measures can be utilised to help overcome this factor.
Surgical sperm retrieval
An advanced technique that allows us to surgically retrieve sperm. This is used when there is no sperm in the ejaculate due to blockage due to vasectomy or other reasons or if there are insufficient sperm in the ejaculate. It can also be used when there are ejaculation problems.
The latest in freezing techniques which results in excellent survival rates of both eggs and embryos, and high pregnancy rates with frozen embryos.