Friday, April 25, 2014

Embryos and babies are not the same

English: Blastocyst on day 5 after fertilizati...

Good quality embryos are an integral part of a successful IVF cycle. When patients get to see their embryos, they start getting emotionally attached to them. Their embryos symbolize a successful step towards child bearing for them. The embryos are a result of the right treatment combined with modern technology. When the infertility specialist transfers the embryos to the patient’s uterus, many patients start referring to their embryos as their babies. Many start feeling that they are just a few days away from a positive pregnancy test. Unfortunately , this is not true , and not all transferred embryos will implant. Not all embryos become babies.

The clinical procedure until the transfer of the embryos can be controlled. However , after the embryo transfer , it is impossible to predict what will happen inside the uterus. Implantation is a biological process, and involves the complex cross talk between the molecules produced by the embryo and the endometrium. It is beyond medical control .

We know from genetic analysis that most embryos fail to implant because they have intrinsic genetic defects. Research shows that over 90% of embryos from women over 40 years of age are aneuploid
( genetically abnormal, because of an abnormal number of chromosomes) . This is why they fail to implant. This is Nature's defense mechanism, to prevent the birth of an abnormal baby. This is why the pregnancy rate even with surrogacy for older women is so poor.

Today's technology is still limited, and lots of these defects still cannot be accurately diagnosed.  Human reproduction is inefficient and patients need to come to terms with this.

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