Shawnee Mission Medical Center to Host Live Panel Presentation on Reproductive Medicine and Infertility on March 25
With IVF, the eggs are taken from the female and fertilized in a laboratory with her partner’s sperm. According to ASRM, more than 70,000 babies have been born in the US as a result of all assisted reproductive technologies, including 45,000 from IVF.
“With in-vitro fertilization, all I’m doing is removing the eggs, mixing them with sperm and then putting the embryo back into the uterus in the same place it would normally go,” said Stewart.
According to Weston, the eggs have a certain period in which they can be inseminated. Although the embryos can be transferred within two to three days of insemination, there is an advantage to waiting until day five.
“By waiting five days, we have more criteria in which to select embryos by and have more to judge based on the developmental rate. I like to think of it in terms of a race. The longer the race, the more you can separate the fast runners from the slow runners. In our situation, waiting longer helps us select the fastest developing embryos, which has appeared to be beneficial.” Click here to view all of our archived Webcasts.