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Blastocyst Culture and Transfer Procedure at SCI IVF Hospital

What do you mean by Blastocyst?

The term blastocyst is given to a human embryo that has grown 5 to 6 days after fertilization. It is basically the stage of embryo development that is very important before it is implanted in the mother’s uterus. 

During the period, the structure of the embryo is more complex as it is increasing in cell number. The cells mostly organize into two types, the trophectoderm. Its main role is in the implantation process by sticking into the uterine lining and the inner cell mass, further giving rise to the fetus. 

Normally, the embryo produced in the laboratory is implanted in the uterus after three days for further development. However, in some cases, the embryo needs to be cultured for five to six days. 

Blastocyst culture is a technique that is developed to carry the process of IVF successfully. It intends to increase the chance of conceiving and reduce the chance of multiple pregnancies by choosing the best quality embryo for transfer. 

Benefits of carrying Blastocyst Culture

If you consider the above process, you can enjoy many benefits as mentioned below:

  • In a normally untreated cycle, the embryos made in the lab reach the uterus on the sixth day. So, one can say that it’s close to the normal implantation stage and ready to be implanted in the uterus. Thus, it increases the success rate drastically. Moreover, this process is more beneficial for cases that have suffered through repeated implantation failure. 
  • The process also helps to screen the embryo if there is any genetic abnormalities present. In the case, the embryo biopsy is carried on the second day after the embryo is allowed to grow. Finally, when the embryo seems normal, it is transferred successfully. As a result, only good-quality embryos is transferred in the IVF process. 

The process helps to identify that only a good quality embryo is chosen for the process. This is because only good embryos are able to survive the blastocyst development stage. Plus, it also makes single embryo transfer happen.

Disadvantages of the process

  • If the number of embryos cultured is less, there is a chance no blastocyst forms. As a result, no embryo is left for transfer.
  • Due to the splitting of the Blastocyst, there is a chance the mother carries identical twins. 

Who should go through the process of Blastocyst culture?

A lot of top-grade fertility hospitals like us offer blastocyst culture and transfer processes. It is mainly to increase the chance of pregnancy using single embryo transfer. Plus, it is very useful for young women with multiple eggs and with a good chance of becoming pregnant with IVF. 

We suggest the process of Blastocyst is perfect for patients who have good quality embryos but have failed their previous IVF procedure due to unsuccessful implantation, no matter the cause. However, the process is not fit for those who produce less healthy eggs. 

Happy to say that the success rate with blastocyst transfer increases natural pregnancy to high levels. It’s because when the embryo enters the uterine during its stage of development, the implantation that takes place is normal. 

So, to sum up, it is perfect for couples who have previous failed IVF history or in case of secondary infertility. It means it is for couples who have one child but desires one more. 

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