The blastocyst is considered to be a special stage in the development of the embryo as not all embryos reach this stage. In the initial stages of the embryo all the energy and chemicals needed for cell division are supplied by the mother. After fertilization has taken place the 3 or 4-day embryo needs to activate its own genes – the unique mixture of genes acquired by the mother and father. Only one-third of embryos are able to reach the stage of a blastocyst! This is very special and shows that it is a healthy embryo with a better chance of implanting itself in the uterine wall.
What is a blastocyst?
“Blastocyst” is medical terminology that identifies the developmental stage of the embryo. A single cell embryo is called a 2PN zygote. This zygote multiplies into an embryo consisting of 2 to 4 cells. The “morula” is another stage in the development consisting of 16 to 32 cells. This multiplies to the stage of called the “blastocyst” embryo consisting of more than 100 to 200 cells. At this stage the embryo spontaneously “hatches” from its shell and is ready to attach to the uterine wall.
What is a Blastocyst transfer in IVF?
Blastocyst transfer in IVF is a technique in which an embryo is developed in the laboratory for 5 days after fertilization before being placed in womb. The embryo gains many cells as a result of being developed for so many days. The embryos developed for 5-6 days are much more advanced than the ones developed for just three days. These Embryos are called blastocysts.
What are the benefits of a Blastocyst Transfer?
The embryos which survive for 5 days are more likely to produce a pregnancy. This enables embryologists to select from the more advanced embryos with better potential for implantation for IVF.
The biggest advantage of Blastocyst Culture and Transfer method is that it significantly reduces the risk of multiple pregnancies. The pregnancy and implantation success rate is higher in this technique because it is easy to determine the robust embryos after developing for 5-6 days hence only the competent embryo are transferred to uterus.
When can I do a pregnancy test after blastocyst transfer?
Generally, we conduct a pregnancy test 12 to 14 days after the blastocyst transfer. It is usually a blood test. If the result is positive, it means that the blastocyst has successfully attached itself to the uterine wall and you are pregnant!
The benefit of Xenith Advanced Fertility Clinic for blastocyst transfer
An embryologist with experience and expertise is required to culture embryos to the blastocyst stage. We have an expert team here at Xenith to help you maximize pregnancy success and mitigate the risk of multiple pregnancies, of concern to many of our clients. How do we know a good embryo from a poor-quality embryo? The blastocyst stage naturally eliminates the weaker embryos. If an embryo has reached the blastocyst stage it is usually robust and ripe for implantation.
However, many couples do not produce embryos that are high quality. In such cases, our embryologists are able to identify the potential problems. This information can be very helpful for couples. For such couples, we can help them explore further options.
Xenith is one the best IVF centres in PCMC, Pune. We usually carry out blastocyst transfer in IVF/ICSI cycles but also customize the day of transfer as per the best option for the patient. You’ll find our cost of blastocyst transfer very competitive. Schedule an appointment to visit us right now.