Micromanipulation is a valuable tool for addressing some of the more complex infertility issues. If you're having problems conceiving, the expert team at the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Winter Park and Celebration, Florida, can help using micromanipulation techniques such as ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), assisted hatching, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) testing. Find out more by calling the office nearest you today or use the online form to book an appointment.
Micromanipulation refers to procedures that use microscopic instruments to handle eggs (oocytes), sperm, and embryos. Micromanipulation techniques aim to increase the chances of your in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle being successful.
At the Center for Reproductive Medicine, they have state-of-the-art laboratory facilities where their highly qualified team of embryologists performs micromanipulation techniques such as ICSI, assisted hatching, and PGD testing.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a form of micromanipulation the Center for Reproductive Medicine team has been using since 1995. It's an effective way of helping men who have severe male factor infertility.
This type of infertility could be due to a variety of problems with the sperm, such as:
ICSI is also a useful micromanipulation technique for when there are antisperm antibodies present in the blood, seminal fluid, or vaginal fluid.
ICSI is particularly delicate, requiring an embryologist with exceptional skills. It involves injecting an individual sperm into a mature egg using a microinjection pipette (glass needle).
Several days after ICSI, your provider performs an embryo transfer, placing the fertilized embryo(s) into your uterine cavity.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is probably better known as embryo screening or genetic testing. PGD can improve your chances of having a successful IVF cycle and subsequent pregnancy, followed by the birth of a healthy child.
PGD might also be of help if you've had multiple failed IVF attempts or if abnormalities in the chromosomes have led to recurrent miscarriages.
PGD involves removing a cell or two from an embryo before the embryo transfer. Lab analysis of the cells can determine the embryo's genetic status, making it possible to select those that have the best chance of healthy development for implantation.
Assisted hatching is a micromanipulation technique that the embryology laboratory at the Center for Reproductive Medicine has been using since 1991 to increase their patients' chances of having a successful pregnancy.
There's a protective membrane called the zona pellucida surrounding an embryo, through which it must "hatch" in order to implant itself in the uterine lining. The use of some fertility medications and the aging process can cause the zona pellucida to become harder or thicker, making it more difficult for the embryo to hatch.
Assisted hatching thins the zona pellucida, making implantation more likely.
To find out more about micromanipulation and other infertility treatments, call the Center for Reproductive Medicine today or book an appointment online.