Pacific IVF Institute’s EmbryoScope

Pacific In Vitro Fertilization Institute is a Gift of Parenthood sponsor; with their support, we can continue to offer fertility grants to deserving applicants. In 1985, Pacific IVF became Hawaii’s first IVF clinic and the first clinic to deliver an IVF baby.  The birth was front-page news in Hawaii! Since their rise to fame, Pacific IVF has helped bring more than 7,000 babies into the world.  Today, they continue to set the gold standard for reproductive care, offering a wide range of services, including the latest advancements, like EmbryoScope, which we will discuss below.

Pacific IVF’s EmbryoScope Procedure

The EmbryoScope is one of the latest advancements in IVF technology and a procedure offered to Pacific IVF patients. This exciting tool allows embryologists to monitor the development of embryos without removing them from the incubators. “Embryos are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature, light, and oxygen, so keeping them in a closed environment is most ideal for their development,” according to Pacific IVF physicians. The EmbryoScope makes this environment possible with ample opportunity for data collection. At its core, EmbryoScopes are a way to improve the embryo selection process and increase the odds of a healthy pregnancy. It can help experts identify potential valuable information about the embryo, the way it is developing, and its potential to survive transfer and implant.

Check out the video below to see an EmbryoScope in action! 👇

I met with Dr. Dominguez and although the first thing I did was bring a list of questions (1 page, font 12, single space), she handled it very professionally. I know other doctors who would have just brushed off my list. However, Dr. D took the time to answer every single question. She was very professional, empathetic, encouraging and direct. She discussed her plan, and we proceeded with it right away.

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EmbryoScope Step-By-Step

At a high level, the EmbryoScope process looks like this:

  • After eggs are retrieved from the female patient, eggs and sperm are mixed together in the lab so that fertilization may occur.
  • The embryos that are created then need to be placed in an incubator. 
  • The embryos then stay in the incubator throughout the 5-7 day incubation period. 
  • The Embryoscope takes pictures of the embryo every 10 minutes. These images are then strung together into a small time-lapse movie. This allows an embryologist to monitor the cell divisions and advancement of each embryo constantly while the embryo is still safe in the incubator.  
  • Learning algorithms are constantly searching the data for patterns.
  • With the information obtained from the cameras, the best embryos can be selected for transfer. 

EmbryoScopes are ideal for patients that have a history of abnormal embryos, although this tool can be used to help other patients achieve pregnancy as well. If you’re curious about EmbryoScope and want to explore your options at Pacific IVF, click the button below to contact their clinic.

Infertility treatment is complex, requiring a large amount of time and effort by many professionals. That is why we employ the “team approach” — physicians, biologists, laboratory technicians, nurses and front office staff work together with you to provide the highest level of care.

Pacific IVF

At The Gift of Parenthood organization, we look forward to a future of more affordable and successful fertility treatment options for those struggling. In the meantime, we aim to help couples and individuals struggling with infertility achieve their dreams of becoming parents through fertility assistance grants ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, available four times a year. We are honored to partner with Pacific IVF Institute to make parenthood possible for those struggling.

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