New Fertility Procedure Increases Chances of Getting Pregnant Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
Heads up to couples trying to conceive through fertility treatments: Fertility experts at Newcastle University in the UK have pioneered a new procedure for IVF that results in a 27% increase in pregnancy rates compared to typical IVF. Conventionally in IVF, embryos are cultured in incubators so there’s a controlled environment, but when researchers want to check embryo development under a microscope, they have to remove the embryos from the incubators. This process could harm them. This new procedure puts the cultivating of embryos in an enclosed and controlled environment. To do this, the incubators were interlinked so that all procedures could be done within them.
The three-year study saw an increase in successful IVF treatment outcomes as they began using the new method more and more. Researchers found that 45% of couples had a clinical pregnancy (heart beat was found at 7 weeks) in the third year, compared to 32% and 35% of couples getting pregnant in the two years before that. The study also took into account the variability between patients and included women age 37 or younger, who was undergoing their first cycle of fertility treatment and who had more than ten ovarian follicles.
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