IVF Techniques & Additional Services
Sometimes couples undergoing fertility treatment need or want additional services which are likely to improve the outcome of treatment. At CREATE Fertility we work with the leading scientists in the field of assisted reproduction in order to bring you the most cutting-edge technologies and advanced treatment methods. Our Medical Director Professor Nargund has even founded a scientific charity, ISMAAR, which aims to bring together leading scientists to share their knowledge. We are therefore able to provide the most advanced techniques to improve your chances of success.
Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a technique whereby, instead of being left to fertilise in a dish, the sperm is directly injected into the egg in the laboratory. This increases the chances of success for couples where there may be a problem with fertilisation, such as male factor infertility or previous abnormal fertilisation.
The Endometrial Receptivity Array (ERA) is a ground breaking new technique which aims to personalise embryo transfers by determining when in the cycle the womb lining is most receptive to implantation. Failure of the embryo to implant is the cause of around 1/3 cycle failures, and this is thought to be partly due to the ‘one size fits all’ approach to embryo transfers. By taking a sample of the endometrium in the month prior to your cycle, our doctors can determine what is the best time of the cycle to perform the embryo transfer.
Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
For patients carrying known genetic disorders, using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis provides them with the best chance of having a child free of the disease. Embryos created through a cycle of IVF are screened for the disease, and only disease-free embryos are replaced in embryo transfer.
Embryoscope is an exciting technology which allows our embryologists to watch the development of embryos in the incubator with time-lapse technology. This not only means that they get a clearer idea of how the embryos are developing, it also means that the embryos do not have to be removed from the incubator to be inspected, so their environment remains constant.
Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS)
PGS is a technique used to assess embryos for chromosomal abnormalities. It involves the removal of one or more cells from embryos before they are transferred.
Endometrial scratch is a technique which is used to improve success rates in couples/women with repeated implantation failures. In endometrial scratching, the lining of the uterus is ‘scratched’ in a procedure undertaken by a doctor in theatre in the month prior to your treatment.