When you undergo the assisted reproductive technology of in vitro fertilization, you hope a positive pregnancy results. At the practice of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, this infertility and reproductive medicine specialist offers blastocyst culture and transfer to maximize pregnancy rates and minimize the risk of multiple pregnancies. To learn if you’re a candidate for this procedure, call the office or book an appointment online.
With the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF), multiple eggs are collected from the potential mother and fertilized in a laboratory. These fertilized eggs develop into embryos, which are typically cultured for three days before being transferred back into a woman’s uterus.
With the blastocyst culture, the culture stage is extended to 5-6 days. This allows some of the viable embryos to develop to a stage known as a blastocyst and develop hundreds of cells.
When the embryos are allowed to develop a bit longer in the laboratory before being implanted, Dr. Loucopoulos can evaluate their viability and advancement more thoroughly. This means he can select the embryos that are more likely to successfully implant and transfer, greatly increasing your chances of getting pregnant.
Because the selected embryos are more advanced, Dr. Loucopoulos doesn’t have to transfer as many embryos in hopes that one implants. As a result, your risk of having multiple pregnancies is reduced.
Dr. Loucopoulos evaluates the outer ring of cells of each blastocyst to grade its quality. This ring of cells eventually forms the placenta, while the inner cell mass of the blastocyst develops into the baby.
Evaluation of blastocysts is not a perfect science, but those embryos that do make it to the blastocyst stage are generally of the highest quality and are most likely to result in a successful pregnancy.
Dr. Loucopoulos reviews your medical history and fertility to determine if you’re a good candidate for a blastocyst culture. Good candidates have the following qualities:
When you meet with Dr. Loucopoulos, you may want to express your interest in exploring the possibility of blastocyst cultures and implantation.
To learn more about how blastocyst cultures can reduce your risk of multiple pregnancies with IVF and increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy, call the office of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, or book an appointment online.