Assisted reproduction – Embryolab

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Medically Assisted Reproduction is conception achieved by coupling gametes outside intercourse. It is the process of fertilising an egg by spermatozoa outside the woman's body and transferring the embryo which is created under the right conditions into the uterus. However, this also includes the techniques of assisted reproduction, such as the intrauterine IUI), intracervical (ICU) and intravaginal (IVI) insemination.

For assisted reproduction to succeed, certain steps have to be made first.At Embryolab we follow specific steps for better results.

We begin by investigating and seeking for the reasons why until now a healthy pregnancy and a child in the house hasn't come about. If it's shown that there is an anatomical or physiological issue then we will intervene to deal with it. Then we apply the the most appropriate techniques in each case so that a healthy pregnancy is achieved

Assisted Reproduction step by step


What happens in between the initial decision to seek the help of have assisted reproduction and the completion of the process?

It is the journey that leads to fertility and the completion of your family.

Let's follow it one step at a time


Step by step

Before starting the treatment, we investigate thoroughly the reasons preventing the couple from having a successful pregnancy.

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At Embryolab, by continuously investing in the latest technology, safety, precision and speed are all guaranteed. Cutting-edge techniques are supported by innovations and technological excellence to get the best result possible in your treatment.

Electronic Traceability System

Embryolab, the first in Greece and among the first such Clinics globally, has chosen to incorporate into its operations the Electronic Traceability System.

This is now the most up-to-date system for monitoring lab procedures, which ensures the traceability, identification and photographic recording of all procedures performed.

The system records in detail all the actions that have been completed and ensures the proper flow of the next actions.

Embryoscope

Embryolab is one of the first Fertility Clinics internationally to use the Embryoscope, the now most modern system for embryo culture and growth. It boasts integrated cameras to take pictures automatically from the moment the egg is fertilised until the day of embryo transfer.

In this way a time-lapse video in real time is produced, providing embryologists with a wealth of crucial information related to the morphological features of embryos during their development.

The accuracy of the measurements gives us the ability to apply the most suitable and safest protocols for each woman.

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Could you please give me some information on natural IVF cycle?
The incorporation of natural cycle IVF protocols has gained quite a lot of interest in recent years. In this procedure, we monitor the first half of the woman’s cycle without the use of any medication and we proceed with egg collection when conditions are right to activate oocyte maturation. Fertilisation then takes place in the lab together with embryo transfer so as to gather a specific number of eggs and increase the chances of success. Though natural cycle IVF may sound attractive since no medication is used, we should not forget that it does have certain disadvantages. It is a procedure that needs time to get results, a fact that makes it both time consuming and often exhausting for the couple. Also, when medication is not used there is always the risk of us not having any eggs in the end or that we don’t get natural ovulation in time, often creating in the meantime a lot of stress for the couple. Natural cycle IVF is a useful tool but doesn’t suit everyone. A specialised reproductive gynecologist can advise you if this will be appropriate for you and help you make the right decision.
After a long period of using the contraceptive pill (5 years) and then stopping to allow the body to recover, is it possible to become pregnant? If not, when does the next period come?
Taking the contraceptive pill is safe in 98% of cases while being used. Once they have been stopped they are no longer effective. Thus, in the following cycle after they have been stopped, pregnancy is possible. You should also remember that the Pill hormonally suppresses the mechanism which regulates ovary function. The time ovary function needs to recover varies from woman to woman and may be as long as 60 days. Therefore, I would suggest that you wait a little while for the ovaries to recover for you to have a period. If however the situation continues, please visit your doctor.
I am 41 and my husband 42. I’ve been trying to get pregnant for the last two months. Does it make sense for me to start an IVF course right away?
Many couples wonder when the appropriate time is to seek help for assisted reproduction. Regarding your case, of course natural conception isn't ruled out. However, the most important prognostic indicator both for natural conception and with IVF, is the woman's age, since the likelihood of becoming pregnant after 40 decreases greatly. For that reason, we suggest you soon do an initial evaluation at Embryolab. A simple series of tests for yourself and your spouse can trace your reproductive profile. Having those in mind, a gynecologist specialised in reproductive medicine can design an action plan so you don't waste any time.