The Work of an IVF Embryologist
By Justin DiMateo
An embryologist's work consists of the formation and development of embryos
and is often helpful during in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. IVF is a procedure that
combines sperm and eggs in a glass dish in a laboratory. Women may be required
to take fertility drugs to stimulate egg growth before extraction, although some
choose not to do so because of the possible side effects of these drugs. Embryo
grading may help to distinguish between embryos that may be successful in IVF
cycles and which may not be as successful.
Embryos are then transferred to the uterus where they will have the chance to
implant and develop further. The risk of multiple births is always present when
multiple embryos are used. To help reduce the risk of multiple births, fewer
embryos may be used and the rest of the high-grading embryos are preserved
Patients and couples who are interested in IVF should speak with a fertility
specialist to learn more about the procedure. Speaking with other couples or
individuals who have undergone in vitro fertilization cycles may also be helpful in
learning more about what to expect during this procedure.
An embryologist will be well-versed and experienced in embryo development and
may be very helpful in ensuring the safe development of the embryo. While in
vitro fertilization is among the most well-known fertility treatments, it still offers a
success rate of around 20% in most cases. This may be affected by other factors,
however, including age, health and the presence of certain medical conditions.
Women who are over 35 years old should speak with a fertility specialist
regarding their chances of their success with in vitro fertilization or other fertility
treatments. To learn more about IVF, embryology and other fertility treatments,
patients should speak with a fertility specialist or embryologist in their area.