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

Thoughts and reflections from ESHRE 2016

Posted by Vitrolife, Jul 11, 2016

Once again we can look back on the biggest event in the IVF community - the Annual Meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology. More than 10 000 people gathered in Helsinki, Finland to gain new scientific information, meet with colleagues and friends as well as explore the exhibit for new products and technologies. As usual, the scientific program is a mix of invited sessions, free communications, posters and sponsored activities. In this blog post we will make an attempt to summarise our reflections from this year’s ESHRE.
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Topics: Time-lapse, PGS, Embryo culture, ESHRE, Embryo transfer

This is how you use annotations in your time-lapse software [results from survey]

Posted by Vitrolife, Jun 28, 2016



In connection to a recent post on the benefits of consistent annotation we invited readers to take a short survey on the use of annotations in their time-lapse software. Thanks to all of you who answered – here are the results.
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Topics: Time-lapse, Annotation

What happens when culture media gets warm or cold during transport?

Posted by Göran Mellbin, Jun 20, 2016  5

Culture media for IVF can go out of specification during transport for different reasons. This may be detrimental to the product, but not always. In this blog post I will explain what happens to the media when it gets too warm or too cold.
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Topics: Quality control, Support, Culture media

Why you should only use IVF certified plastics

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

The success of an IVF treatment depends on numerous factors. The patients and the causes of their infertility, the hormone stimulation regimen, culture media, quality and maintenance of equipment and skills of staff are all factors that will influence the outcome. One important factor that can have a detrimental impact on the IVF treatment outcome, but is sometimes overlooked, is the quality of the plastic equipment. 
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Topics: Quality control, IVF-laboratory, labware, Safety

Recap from the 2016 Alpha conference

Posted by Vitrolife, May 20, 2016

The 11th Alpha Biennial Congress took place in the beginning of May. Vitrolife was present, together with around 400 participants. If you were not there, this blog post will give you a short recap and the opportunity to watch our Scientific Symposium "Time-lapse for improved overall IVF". 
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Topics: Time-lapse, EmbryoScope, Primo Vision

Is it safe to aliquot IVF media?

Posted by Dr. Ann-Helene Jakobsson, Apr 29, 2016  5

A question we often get from clinics is for how long time an opened bottle can be used. And if it is possible to aliquot and use the medium until expiry date. In this blog post I make an attempt to answer these and other related questions on safe usage of media.
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Topics: Quality control, Support, IVF-laboratory, Embryo culture

This is why consistent annotation is the basis for improved embryo evaluation

Posted by Reidun Kuhlmann, Apr 15, 2016

 

Do you recognise the feeling of rush-hours in the lab? Do you find yourself not always being completely sure how to score an embryo because you have to make a fast decision? Time is precious and time is your friend when you are a time-lapse user.
The aspect of time is the essential reason why embryo evaluation with time-lapse has several advantages over static-based evaluation. In this blog post I will highlight why annotation is your key to success.
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Topics: Time-lapse, Embryo evaluation, Annotation, IVF, embryo selection

Do you know the characteristics of the perfect oil for IVF?

Posted by Göran Mellbin, Mar 31, 2016

Perfect oil for IVF should do nothing but protect the culture. It should not have any negative influence on the gametes, embryos or media by adding unwanted or removing necessary components. However not all oils are or act the same. In this blog post I will guide you through different types of oil and things to consider when choosing oil for your IVF culture.
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Topics: Quality control, Embryo culture

How to ensure embryo viability in your culture system

Posted by Brett Glazar, Mar 21, 2016

Successful outcomes in IVF require optimal environmental conditions for gametes and embryos throughout the entire cycle. This can be accomplished by ensuring optimal pH and temperature in the incubators, and that the air in the operating theater and the laboratory is clean and free of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). An additional step is to ensure that media and contact materials used, support embryo development by being embryo safe and free from toxicity. In this blog post I will guide you through the basics for how to prevent toxicity from entering your culture system. 

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Topics: IVF-laboratory, Embryo culture, Mouse embryo assay

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.