- 28. 3. 2019
- IVF news
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF CHOOSING A FERTILITY CLINIC IS THE QUALITY OF THE ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY (ART) LABORATORY.
FERTILITY CLINIC MAY HAVE OWN LABORATORY, SUCH AS REPROGENESIS CLINIC PROVIDNG WITH EMBRYOLOGY AND ANDROLOGY LABORATORIES, OR OUTSOURCE THIS PART OF THE PROCESS TO A LARGER HOSPITAL LABORATORY. TO UNDERSTAND BETTER WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND THE KIND OF INFORMATION YOU SHOULD TRY TO FIND ABOUT THE CLINIC´S LABORATORY WILL HELP YOU ENSURE THAT YOU ARE GETTING THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE.
WHAT IS AN IVF LABORATORY?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process taking few weeks. After the fertility medications plan is set and the egg retrieval procedure follows, the focus of the treatment cooncentrates on fertility laboratories. And this is where the “IVF” part of treatment actually happens. The IVF laboratory is where fertilization occurs, where the embryos are cultured before transfer, and where delicate, highly sophisticated procedures such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), assisted hatching, and genetic testing are performed. A full service IVF laboratory will also have the ability to safely freeze and store eggs, sperm, and embryo.
Because the laboratories play such an enormous role in fertility treatment, it should be given just as much attention as any other aspect of a potential clinic.
WHAT MAKES AN IVF LABORATORY EXCEPTIONAL?
There are meny elements separating an average form an excellent IVF laboratory. All of these points are important for optimal embryo growth and development, so you should feel free to ask questions when you are considering your options.
HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED LABORATORY DIRECTOR AND STAFF
The embryologists and technicians who manage your eggs, sperm, and embryos should always be as highly experienced as the clinical professionals overseeing your treatment. Work in an IVF laboratory is sensitive and technically demanding work and requires the highest level of expertise from everyone involved. It is adviced always look for the years of experience, training history and certification of clinic´s staff, such as who runs the lab and what the stuff´s qualification is.
UP-TO-DATE LAB PROCESSES AND PROTOCOLS
The way embryos are handled, incubated, and stored has a huge impact on how they develop. An IVF laboratories should follow strict protocols to govern everything that takes place within its walls. How is embryo development monitored? Is the laboratory clear on best practices? What are their standards for quality assurance in all laboratory tasks?
HIGH-QUALITY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Any workplace is only as good as its tools, and this is particularly true in the highly specialized environment of an IVF laboratory. Embryology requires some extremely sophisticated pieces of equipment. A well-equipped laboratory will have powerful microscopes, state-of-the-art embryo incubators, and IVF microtools. In order to grow and develop properly, an embryo requires a complex set of environmental controls at every stage. What kind of incubators, culture media and handling apparatus are used in the laboratory? Does the laboratory offer advanced options such as time-lapse photography incubators? Does it have the capability to incubate embryos up to the blastocyst stage?
CAREFUL LIGHT AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL
As embryos develop they are sensitive to changes in ambient light and temperature. Both of these factors are extremely important. What measures does the laboratory take to control the embryo’s environment at every point of handling and incubation?
Fertility clinic´s laboratories have a vital role to play in IVF process, and great IVF lab can greatly raise your chances of success in your fertility treatments. Once you know what to look for in an IVF laboratory, you should feel confident when deciding for the right clinic.
It’s important to know that you don’t need to understand everything about ART in order to find out whether the laboratory is the right choice for your treatment. The leaset you should do is to look for the information about laboratory equipment, range of offered methods and how experienced and trained the stuff is. You deserve the best care at each stage of your treatment, and that includes all of the procedures performed within the IVF laboratories.