A new procedure in human trials now may triple the success rate for IVF. One study showed that 88 percent of the women undergoing it gave birth to healthy babies.
The procedure, called Chromosome Aneuploidy Screening, screens embryos for chromosomal abnormalities before implanting them in a woman’s body. This process eliminates most of the risk of miscarriage, as well as future health risks like Down’s Syndrome.
It’s like pre-prenatal screening. Which in itself should come as a huge relief to moms going through fertility treatments and trying to weigh the risks of existing prenatal tests.
Currently, doctors use visual exams of the size and shape of an embryo to gauge which ones seem healthiest. The new technique replaces that subjective call with a chromosomal test, taken at 5 days gestation.
Because they can check the health of an embryo before implanting it in a patient’s womb, doctors using this technique can implant fewer embryos. That should cut down on the number of IVF related multiple births.
The research team hopes their technique will be widely available in fertility clinics within a couple of years.
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