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Our best tips & tricks for successful vitrification

Posted by Dr. Ann-Helene Jakobsson, Mar 30, 2017

 

Vitrification and warming are operator dependent techniques. You need skilled embryologists with attention to detail to obtain high survival rates. Every IVF lab has its own ways of working to achieve optimal success. In this blog post we share tips and tricks we have learned from visiting labs around the world when providing support and troubleshooting on vitrification.
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Topics: Vitrification

Why hyaluronan is an invaluable molecule for embryo implantation

Posted by Dr. Christer Silversand, Mar 14, 2017

Hyaluronic acid, also called hyaluronan, is a glycosaminoglycan distributed widely throughout our body. It is particularly abundant in the female reproductive tract, both in the oviduct and the uterus, which makes hyaluronan an important molecule for applications in assisted reproduction. In this blog I will focus on the role of hyaluronan in the process of embryo implantation.
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Topics: embryo implantation, hyaluronan

Help your patients understand their treatment using time-lapse images

Posted by Dr. Tine Qvistgaard Kajhøj, Feb 24, 2017

The use of time-lapse technology in IVF has in many parts of the world become a standard of care. The benefits are many, including the ability to communicate with patients about their treatments. A recent study aimed to find out how the patients value to view time-lapse sequences of their embryos at the time of embryo transfer. 
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Topics: Time-lapse, patient communication

How heparin is used during oocyte pick-up [survey results]

Posted by Vitrolife, Jan 30, 2017

 
The routine use of follicle flushing during oocyte pick-up varies a lot between clinics. If flushing is used, there are many alternative solutions. At Vitrolife we are constantly working to improve our products and services and one way of doing this is to get a better understanding of user behaviour during certain procedures. We were interested in the use of heparin during flushing and sent a survey to the IVF community. Here is the result.
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Topics: Oocyte retrieval

Oxygen: Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde?

Posted by Prof. David K Gardner, Dec 20, 2016

Oxygen, the very gas that we depend on for life, is largely responsible for our ageing, demise and ultimately our death. Professor David K Gardner considers this paradox in his blog post.
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Topics: Embryo culture

Considerations for embryo culture at high altitude

Posted by Dr. Markus Montag, Nov 30, 2016  2

There are many differences between Stockholm, Denver and Lhasa. One of them is the need for different CO2 settings in the IVF lab, due to different altitudes. In this blog post Dr. Markus Montag gives advice on how to ensure successful embryo culture at high altitude. 
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Topics: Embryo culture, CO2 setting, high altitude culture, pH

Recap from ASRM 2016 

Posted by Dr. Tine Qvistgaard Kajhøj, Nov 4, 2016

Another ASRM is over with lots of interesting new science presented. As always the programme covered a large variety of topics. In this blog I will highlight some of the studies and sessions which I found of particular interest.
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Topics: Time-lapse, PGS, ASRM

Which temperature is optimal for vitrification and why?

Posted by Dr. Ann-Helene Jakobsson, Oct 31, 2016

For decades we have employed slow freezing of gametes and embryos and performed the dehydration and rehydration steps at room temperature with results which until recently were considered satisfactory. Today, vitrification is the cryopreservation method of choice in many clinics and alternative protocols are available. Different manufacturers of vitrification products have different recommendations regarding procedure temperature, commonly either room temperature or 37⁰C, but which is the optimal temperature for vitrification and why? This blog post will give you insight.
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Topics: Vitrification

The language of embryology is evolving – a guide to understanding time-lapse nomenclature

Posted by Dr. Tine Qvistgaard Kajhøj, Sep 28, 2016

New assessment methods call for new assessment measures. Having a common nomenclature can form the basis for clearer communication of embryo assessment and evaluation. The nomenclature described in this blog post is what we have found to facilitate ease of agreement and understanding between time-lapse users.
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Topics: Time-lapse, Annotation

Reducing time to live birth by optimising culture conditions

Posted by Dr. Markus Montag, Aug 29, 2016

A successful IVF treatment is a pregnancy that results in the birth of a healthy child. Many aspects are discussed in order to raise pregnancy rates. An increasingly important parameter to reflect a successful IVF program in today's world of IVF is the time to pregnancy and live birth. In this blog post I will go through some of the critical steps in the IVF procedure and how they can be optimised.
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Topics: Quality control, Clinic efficency, IVF-laboratory, Embryo culture, IVF

Vitrolife is committed to improving pregnancy rates. This is why we provide an unbroken chain of quality products, securing the results in every step during the whole IVF-treatment. Only Vitrolife can guarantee every link in this chain. With equally devoted clinics we reach success. Together. All the way.