Good News for Infertile Couples Seeking Fertility Treatments - New Breakthrough for IVF Success Rate

If you are one of the thousands of infertile couples, searching for a solution, there is good news! A new breakthrough in IVF procedures can dramatically improve the IVF success rate of having a baby through artificial reproduction.

Scientists discovered a technique that might be able to double or triple the relative amount of healthy babies born through fertility treatments. For instance, on an average about 24 percent of embryos implanted into women in the UK lead to live births, but the researchers believe this could be increased to 78 percent using this new technique for selecting the best embryo.

“I believe it is the most exciting breakthrough we've had in probably 30 years,” said Professor Simon Fishel, managing director of the CARE Fertility Group, where the technique was developed.

“Every IVF practice in the world is unintentionally and unwittingly putting back into the womb unviable embryos that don't make babies,” Professor Fishel said.

“We hope to see a paradigm shift in terms of IVF. It's a game changer for everybody to have such an uplift in live birth rates. This is the beginning of something revelatory,” he said.

Each year in Britain, licensed clinics carry out about 60,000 IVF treatments, which cost about $5000-$10,000, but most of them were unsuccessful causing emotional stress or trauma to the couples.

The new procedure or time-lapse technique costs $750. This time-lapse technique identifies the best embryos to be implanted into the womb, which in this period thousands of time- lapse pictures are taken the few days of an IVF embryo’s life. The pictures are used to identify the time it take the embryo to develop and hatch from its protective shell.

Scientists have discovered when this period lasts for more than six hours the IVF embryo is likely to be abnormal, carrying an uncommon amount of chromosomes called aneuploidy, which leads to a failure of the pregnancy.

According to an article posted in The Independent, “A preliminary study, published in the journal Reproductive Medicine Online and based on a retrospective analysis of 88 IVF embryos of 69 couples, found that the time-lapse technique could have improved the success rate of life births in this particular group of patients from 39 per cent to 61 per cent”.

Get in touch with a Fertility Clinic in your area ask about the time-lapse technique, or find out which procedure is right for you.

Once the procedure is refined and applied to a wider population of infertile couples seeking IVF treatment, Professor Fishel hopes for an even better success rate.

“Our work has shown that we can easily classify embryos into low or high risk of being chromosomally abnormal. This is important because in itself this is the largest single cause of IVF failure and miscarriage,” he said.

“The beauty of this technology is that the information is provided by a non-invasive process. So far we have seen a 56 per cent uplift compared to conventional technology, giving our patients the equivalent to a 78 per cent live-birth rate,” he added.

Alison Campbell, the embryology director at Care Fertility in Nottingham, developed the computer algorithm controlling the analysis, states, “With time-lapse we have the ability to view more than 5,000 images over the same time period to observe and measure more closely each stage of division and growth. As a result of continuous monitoring we have demonstrated that delays at defined points indicate abnormal development”.