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IVF and conception: Insights on the work of an embryologist
Table of Content:
1. Healthy conception through Assisted Reproduction Techniques
2. Role of an embryologist during an IVF cycle
As IVF gains more acceptance and use, embryologists like Dr Goral Gandhi talk about ensuring healthy conception through Assisted Reproduction Techniques.
IVF has helped thousands of couples across the world conceive, and with newer medical advances, its effectiveness continues to get better. One such recent significant advancement that aims to increase the viability of the treatment further and enhance its effectiveness is segmented IVF. It aims to work on the lines of traditional IVF, except with much more success and safety.
Helping patients improve their chance at pregnancy during an IVF cycle, embryologists play a vital role in ensuring the highest quality protocols to the entire process. Surely for couples longing for children, the embryologists act like a ray of hope, but how do they make test tube miracles happen?
The critical role of an embryologist during an IVF cycle
The process of procreating a baby through assisted reproduction follows strict protocols and seamless coordination between the team of professionals working. In the IVF treatment, an embryologist majorly takes over the process during the phase of egg retrieval.
Goral Gandhi, a professional embryologist, who dedicates her time and efforts in helping patients conceive says, “The ultimate objective of any ART procedure is the birth of a healthy baby which can be achieved through an elective single embryo transfer. Our roles require a great degree of precision and care when it comes to patients’ precious genetic material in the form of eggs, sperms and embryos. The process of embryo selection for the best possible IVF results is critical to the role of an embryologist, as our decisions impact a patient’s success with IVF.”
A pioneer in the league to top Indian embryologist, Dr Gandhi has trained more than 300 embryologists and educated doctors, scientists and embryologists about various aspects of IVF, embryology, and laboratory management. She has been a notable IVF advocate and has discussed the quality practices contributing to performance and success in the embryo laboratory. Dr Goral Gandhi has also established several training programmes for practicing embryologists and ascertained guidelines on good practice for IVF laboratories.
Explaining the process and the defined role embryologists play, Evelyn E. Neuber, Ph. DCLD (ABB), Clinical Research Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at UCONN says, “During egg retrieval, a doctor collects follicular fluid containing an egg from a patient’s ovary and then hands it to the embryologist who is responsible for isolating the egg from the liquid and preparing it for insemination with the sperm; during embryo transfer, the embryologist loads the embryo onto the catheter and hands it forward to do the MD embryo transfer.”
Not only that, but they also perform extended roles by emotionally and medically supporting their patients and offering them the leverage to plan parenthood whenever they want through the process of embryo verification.