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COVID - 19 and IVF

It has been proven by research and has now become a common knowledge that fertility in both genders is on the decline due to a multitude of factors which are influenced by our lifestyle such as nutrition, stress, being exposed to organic pollutants, mobile radiation; the list goes on.

Some of these can be managed and controlled and others can be trickier. As if our hectic lifestyle wasn’t enough to influence our fertility concerns, the advent of Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc and added to the despair of couples undergoing IVF treatment.


Embryo freezing is used widely by IVF clinics all across the world and is a common practice now. Historically, ‘slow freeze’ technology was used to freeze embryos though computerized freezers which were relatively inefficient and when compared to a ‘fresh transfer’, the success rate of a cycle involving frozen embryo transfer was lower. The explanation might be the low optimal survival rate of embryo after slow freezing.


Couples who are planning on starting a family are often looking for answers about what they should be eating during this time. Particularly women are often under pressure since much of the fertility journey is out of their control,

hence they feel that some simple tips on dietary improvements could contribute positively in their pursuit of improving their chances to conceive. The dietary advice is not usually very prescriptive. The important thing to remember is that this should be a time when you focus on foods that help you feel your best.


Women often don’t give a second thought to the quality of their eggs until they are ready to conceive and then find themselves struggling with the same; when the harsh truth is that one of the most significant factors that determine fertility is the Egg Quality.

A diminishing ovarian reserve leads to poor egg quality, especially in women that have crossed 35 years of age. The quality of an Embryo is directly dependent on the egg quality making it a significant factor during conceiving.


At any given time, a woman carries a number of oocytes or eggs in her ovaries. This estimated count is known as Ovarian Reserve. When a female is born, she possesses approximately one to two million eggs which decline as her age progresses

And at puberty the count is almost 250,000 to 500,000 eggs. At around the age of 37, it further reduces to roughly 25000 and at menopause it becomes less than 1000.

Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Test

All females are born with a fixed reserve of eggs, AMH test indicates to how many eggs are remaining at that point of time and whether the ovaries are undergoing aging too rapidly. It may even indicate whether there’s a shorter window to conceive.

IVF requires taking injectable fertility drugs which then stimulate ovaries to mature multiple eggs to enhance the success rate. How well the body is responding to these injectables may also be gauged by this rest.


A women’s fertility often becomes the focus point when a couple is attempting to conceive. When in reality, the male fertility holds equal significance and it can be maintained by simple measures pertaining to lifestyle. One in every five males has a low sperm count. Out of all couples experiencing trouble in conceiving, 20% of the cases have male infertility as the major factor. But it has been found through research that healthy sperm motility (ability to move forward and fertilize egg) and semen quality is affected by a number of lifestyle factors.

NGS Technology

NGS amplifies the DNA from the cell’s nucleus to a thousand times and then uses to the sequencing technology to tally the number of copies of every single chromosome present in the cell. The scientists are thus able to correctly detect chromosomal errors. This allows the transfer of only a healthy embryo with a standard chromosome profile thereby enhancing the chance of a successful conception.

Unveiling the Advantages: Hysteroscopy Prior to Embryo Transfer

Hysteroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure, has emerged as a valuable tool in the realm of assisted reproductive technology (ART). Particularly, when performed prior to embryo transfer, hysteroscopy offers a multitude of benefits, contributing to increased success rates and improved outcomes in fertility treatments.

In the realm of assisted reproduction, the incorporation of hysteroscopy prior to embryo transfer emerges as a strategic and beneficial approach. By offering a detailed assessment of the uterine cavity and facilitating corrective interventions, hysteroscopy contributes to improved pregnancy rates, reduced miscarriage risks, and personalized treatment plans.

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