The Embryoscope is coming
The embryos need not be disturbed so much to assess their progress (they don’t like the light or temperature changes), but we can watch their every move on a TV screen in the lab. The dynamics of embryo growth are important in deciding which are likely to result in a healthy pregnancy, and the information gained from the embryoscope will prove invaluable in identifying embryo potential. Most reputable UK clinics are investing in this equipment to improve laboratory facilities, and hopefully pregnancy results.
New Service: Egg Freezing
New refinements of the methods used to freeze eggs (vitrification) in the last couple of years have resulted in a huge improvement in their fertility potential and minimal concern about safety. The procedure involves 12 days of hormone injections followed by a 15 minute operation through the vagina under a light anaesthetic to collect the eggs. These eggs can be stored for up to 10 years initially. This time period may be extended in certain circumstances.
In the event that a woman might subsequently be unable to conceive, or if she decides to have a child without a partner, then the eggs may be thawed and fertilised with her partners (or a donor) sperm. Freezing eggs at a younger age means that older women using them to become pregnant have a lower risk of miscarriage and birth abnormalities when compared with an older woman who becomes pregnant naturally or through other types of fertility treatment.
About 85% of eggs that are frozen will now survive when they are thawed, and over 70% of these should fertilise with sperm to produce embryos that can be replaced into the womb. This gives women the opportunity to safely delay trying for pregnancy, and the ability to have a healthy baby at an older age. Egg freezing heralds the dawn of a new era in fertility preservation, and enables single women to be pro-active in managing their future fertility. It is the ultimate insurance policy.
Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Gardasil® (Sanofi Pasteur MSD, Lyon, France) also protects against the less common HPV strains 6 and 11 that can also occasionally cause smear problems, and infection with genital warts, a sexually transmitted infection.
The vaccine is recommended for girls and women aged between 9 and 26 years, although it can be considered in older women who are at particular risk of infection and have not previously been exposed to the virus. The vaccine is given in 3 doses over a six month period.
Please contact us if you wish to have the vaccine, or to arrange it for your daughter.