Role of an Embryologist in Treating InfertilityDr Asha S Vijay
What does an embryologist do? The best possible answer could be that the embryologist is a child’s first babysitter! The embryologist has a crucial role in the IVF/ICSI process. The contribution of an embryologist to infertility treatments is equivalent to a fertility consultant.
The tasks that an Embryologist does are:
Maintenance of The Embryology Lab: The embryologist is responsible for maintaining favourable laboratory conditions for healthy embryos. They strictly monitor the prerequisites of a suitable IVF laboratory-like regulating temperature, air quality & humidity.
1. Egg retrieval
The embryologist examines the fluid removed from the ovaries under a microscope identifies and collects the eggs during egg retrieval.
2. Checking for fertilization
After fusion, an embryologist checks & examines the eggs for fertilization under the microscope.
3. Incubation & Monitoring
The embryologist locates the fertilized eggs inside an incubator. The incubator is regulated to control temperature and pH, duplicating a womb. It is The fertilized egg to transforms into an embryo. The embryologist periodically checks the fertilized eggs and replaces the culture media.
4. Genetic Testing – (PGT-A, PGT-M & PGT-SR)
Embryologists also perform embryo biopsies to screen embryos for chromosomal abnormalities that undergo either the 3rd or 5th day of embryo development. A single cell removal on Day 3 or a few cells from the Trophectoderm on Day 5 with minimum risk of damage to the embryo is brought about. Fetuses with an abnormal number of chromosomes fail to implant or get miscarried. At this stage, genetic testing increases the chances of a healthy conception.
5. Assisted hatching
Assisted hatching takes place in a few cases where the outer shell embryo’s outer shell pellucida undergoes thinning with the help of a laser to facilitate implantation.
6. Embryo Transfer
Embryologists select the best quality embryos and load them into the transfer catheter. It is then carefully handed over to the fertility doctors for safe implantation into the uterus.
The embryologist is responsible for the cryopreservation of extra embryos during the IVF procedure. Any leftover good-quality embryos undergo freezing for later use.
The technical know-how of an expert embryologist plays a critical role in the success of IVF treatments. The skills mentioned here are complex, delicate, and require highly qualified training under experienced expertise. A proficient embryologist is responsible for the success and failure of infertility treatments.
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