Under The Microscope: How We Choose An Embryo For IVF

This week is the last episode of The Fertility Show in our ‘Under The Microscope’ series.

Over the last few weeks we’ve shown you a real life ICSI procedure, we’ve seen how embryos are developed and monitored using time lapse technology and we’ve told you about the 3 most important factors that we believe make IVF successful at The Zita West Clinic.

In this week’s The Fertility Show,  I’m once again in our lab at Care London where we do our procedures and embryology with Rob Smith as he talks us through how our embryologists choose the correct embryo to implant using time lapse technology.

Watch Rob talk me through how he and our other Embryologists choose an embryo for implantation…

We always want to give our patients the highest chance of pregnancy whenever they come to our clinic and we believe using timelapse technology, we can help give our patients the highest possible success. It is thanks to this technology that our embryologists including Rob are able to run an algorithm test, which will tell them which embryo has developed correctly and is in line with a perfect model of the one has the best chances of making a baby.

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After 3 failed IVF cycles, my dream to have a second child is over

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been telling the stories of some of the women who have had IVF at the clinic and the ups and downs of their journey.

This week, we’re talking to Claudia, who had her first child through IVF at The Zita West Clinic at 41.

Claudia has gone through three more IVF cycles to try and give her daughter a sibling, but this time her journey has been unsuccessful and she is slowly coming to terms with the fact that she may only ever have one child.

Despite this Claudia is delighted to have Florence in her life but her one regret is that she wished she’d known what she does now about preparation for IVF.

She says: ‘We tried for eight months for first baby and had a failed IVF on the NHS, so then we went to the Zita West Clinic, which was like a breath of fresh air after the NHS experience. I wish I’d known when we first started our IVF journey that success is down to the whole package of acupuncture, nutrition and RI, I definitely think the RI made a massive difference.’

Her advice to other women is to just go for it: ‘Give it your best shot because it’s worth every single injection, every single scan, every single needle that you have to inject yourself, drugs, everything is absolutely worth it when you get your baby at the end of it.’

To hear more about Claudia’s story, watch the video below.

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Reducing Stress & Leaving Work Improved My Chances of IVF Success

We were so pleased to have Lucy, her husband Greg with their baby Max come back to visit us here at Zita West Clinic.

They sat down to tell us all about their treatment with the Zita West clinic, and also the emotional rollercoaster they’ve been through with 3 rounds of IVF and a miscarriage, which led Lucy to becoming very stressed and even having to leave her job.

Lucy says: ‘We got married in 2010 and we tried for six months and didn’t get anywhere. We went to the GP and she wasn’t very helpful, but one of the things she did say was that I was under a lot of stress.’

‘In total, we had three rounds of IVF. The first one was successful, but sadly we had a miscarriage, and so obviously we decided to try again. After the second round of IVF, we decided that although we tried to reduce my stress from work, it wasn’t happening. It was so unbelievably busy and my hours were so we decided the best thing to do was to stop working and throw everything that we could into our third round.’

‘We always budgeted for three rounds and because of my age we didn’t get anything for free. We were paying for it all ourselves, and also mentally we decided that there had to be a limit.”

‘Although it’s been hard, I wouldn’t change it for the world, because it’s been such a loving experience. Being a mum to Max is amazing and wonderful and exhausting and emotional and everything that I hoped it would be and more. It felt like a very long five years, but it makes it feel extra special for us.’

Learn more about Lucy’s experience by watching the video below.

 

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Under The Microscope: What Makes IVF Successful

At the Zita West Clinic we believe our high success rates are down to our unique approach to fertility and the exceptional team of medical experts, fertility nurses, nutritionists, acupuncturists, counsellors and hypnotherapists that are here to support you throughout your IVF treatment.

To have a successful IVF treatment there are so many things that you must get right.

This week on The Fertility Show, we asked Dr George Ndukwe, Medical Director at the Zita West Family Clinic to tell us about the three most important factors we concentrate on at The Zita West Clinic to make IVF successful… watch below.

Three important factors that make IVF successful:

  • OPTIMISE SPERM AND EGG: The basis for a successful pregnancy is optimum sperm and egg. At Zita West Clinic we really take this very seriously. We have to prepare our patients for this to make sure that by the time they come to egg collection we have the best possible sperm and egg.

 

  • PERSONALISED IVF: There is no one size that fits all when it comes to IVF treatment. When we see a couple, we determine what is best for that individual couple.

 

  • TRANSFER TECHNIQUE: People think this is the easiest part of the whole process, however in my opinion it is actually the hardest and most important part. You can do whatever you like but if the embryo transfer goes wrong, the treatment is over at this point, so the transfer technique is really important to IVF success.

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Under The Microscope: Real Life ICSI Treatment

This week I’m kicking off a new series on my blog called ‘Under The Microscope’.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at what we thinks makes IVF successful. I will be with George Ndkuwe our medical director and our embryologist Rob Smith and we’ll all be at the lab at Care London where we do our procedures and embryology.

I will be sharing the secrets of IVF success including: how we create embryos, how we choose embryos and what we do to ensure successful implantation. And George and Rob will be sharing their lives as IVF doctors and their advice, knowledge and wisdom.

So keep an eye out on the blog over the next few weeks.

This week I want to talk about Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The development of ICSI has revolutionised male fertility, making it possible for men to have a family who would otherwise not have been able to and is now used in nearly half of all IVF treatments in the UK.

ICSI  involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg to fertilise it. The fertilised egg (embryo) is then transferred into the womb a few days later. The development of ICSI means fertilisation is possible even if there are problems with your partner’s sperm and it is usually recommended if there is any reason to believe the egg will not fertilise with conventional IVF.

ICSI is used most often when your partner has:

  • A very low sperm count,
  • A very high percentage of abnormally shaped sperm,
  • A high level of anti-sperm antibodies.

Watch Rob Smith, the Clinic Director of CARE Fertility London as he talks us through a live ICSI treatment.

 

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Quick & easy Beet Burst Smoothie for sperm health

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing some of my favourite recipes from my book, The IVF Diet Book. This week I‘m sharing with you my quick and easy Beets Burst Juice which helps energise your body during your IVF and today we are adding in Vitamen Burst 2.

This is a new, premium quality, antioxidant “booster” formulation, specially designed for use as a combination product alongside Vitamen or any other good quality mutivitamin and mineral supplement.

Beetroots are a fantastic source of the antioxidant resveratrol, which is thought to help combat against age-related infertility. They also supply nitrates known to improve blood flow to the sexual organs, making them useful for male fertility and for supporting a healthy uterus during embryo implantation.

This recipe is so simple and only takes 5 minutes to prepare!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 large raw beetroot
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 120g fresh pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cucumber
  • Small piece of fresh ginger (optional)

Simply place all the ingredients in a juicer and whizz up. Divide between two glasses and mix well before serving.

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