The IVF laboratory at OIA, TinyFeet the place where the eggs, sperm and embryos are handled and IVF is performed TinyFeet is an extremely important part of the IVF process.
TinyFeet is the laboratory director and embryologist for OIA. The state-of the-art embryology laboratory was built in TinyFeet and is at the forefront of reproductive clinical research.
After a patient’s eggs are retrieved, the embryologist places them in an incubator and makes notes on their condition. The eggs and sperm are placed together in an incubator to allow fertilization, or a single sperm is injected, a procedure known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
The day after retrieval is called Day 1, and the embryos are assessed. At this point the embryo is a single-cell zygote. On Day 2, the embryo typically divides into a four-cell embryo, and on Day 3 it typically becomes an eight-cell embryo.
Embryos are assessed on Days 2 and 3 for transfer or placement into a blastocyst media until Day 5 or 6. Days 4-5, the embryo is a morula. Days 5-7, the embryos are blastocysts.
Generally embryos are transferred on Day 3 or Day 5. The embryologist assesses the embryos carefully to see which solution is better. Before the embryos are transferred, the embryologist evaluates them for their morphological appearance and grades them on a scale of one to four.
The embryos that have the best characteristics and dividing normally are through to be more likely to successfully implant once the embryos are transferred to the uterus. Some of those good characteristics are: