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The New Fertility Treatments On The Block

Section: Fertility

A growing number of fertility clinics are beginning to use newer techniques that may boost the chances of pregnancy for some couples

With as many as one in seven of us struggling to conceive, fertility treatment is something an increasing number of us are turning to to get the baby we want.

While IVF is often thought of as the only way to conceive if you don’t get pregnant naturally, there are plenty of fertility treatment options, including these new and innovative ones...

Blastocyst transfer

This process involves letting the embryo develop for five or six days before being transferred. Because the embryo is more developed and transfer occurs closer to the time that implantation would occur naturally, the pregnancy rate is usually higher.

But some embryos will not survive, so the amount of embryos available for transfer and freezing will be fewer. As a result, this is usually only offered to women who produce a large number of good quality eggs.

There are plenty of fertility treatment options, including these new and innovative ones

Assisted hatching

An embryo has to hatch from a gel-like membrane before attaching itself to the wall of the womb. This membrane can be tough, and some fertility experts believe it can hinder implantation of the embryo in the womb.

To assist the embryo to break through, the embryologist makes a tiny hole in the membrane before being transferred to help the hatching process.

New Advances in IVF

Women undergoing IVF are three times more likely to have a baby through a new technique in IVF treatment that scientists are hailing the biggest fertility breakthrough for 35 years.

The technique uses time-lapse imaging to take thousands of photographs of developing embryos and pinpoint those least likely to carry chromosomal abnormalities. Only those most likely to result in a healthy pregnancy are then implanted.

Figures suggest that couples undergoing this kind of treatment could have a 78 per cent chance of success, compared with average 'live birth' IVF rates of around 25 per cent in Britain. How amazing is science?

Found your fertility clinic yet?

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (the regulator of UK fertility clinics) provides a search tool to help patients find and compare fertility clinics in the UK.

Find a clinic that suits your needs.


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