In vitro fertilization methods continue to improve around the world. Researchers in Singapore have developed a method “that will allow the development of an embryo to be monitored in real time without affecting its future growth.” With this method, labs can actually monitor the development of every cell in an embryo during development to see if it is growing and changing within normal parameters. This kind of technology could allow fertility clinics to more closely monitor the development of an embryo and select the best candidates for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. In turn, this could potentially increase the chances of a successful pregnancy for their patients on the first attempt.
This isn’t the only way that IVF treatments are improving their success rates. More clinics are now using the single-embryo transfer method, which decreases risks for both mother and child during pregnancy. Additionally, it can lead to decreases in the cost of labor and medical care later in life. Clinics, doctors, and patients are all eager to see the success rate of IVF treatments continue to go up, as more and more couples are using the treatment every year.
But what does this mean for embryo adoption? First, improving the methods and procedures used for IVF could help increase the success rates for embryo adoption, too. Many of the same procedures are used in both alternative family building methods. It could, however, increase the number of embryos waiting to be adopted in the United States. There are currently an estimated 600,000 embryos in frozen storage, and if doctors are able to more often achieve a successful pregnancy for their patients on the first try, that could mean more embryos will be going into storage.
If you’d like to learn more about the success rates of embryo adoption and how you can adopt one of the 600,000 embryos waiting for their chance at life, visit EmbryoAdoption.org to learn more.