What should we know about the IVF Lab?
Two major factors will play a crucial role in IVF treatment and success; up-to-date technology of equipment and a skilled, experienced embryologist. But equally important is the IVF lab as this is where gamete (Sperm & Egg ‘Oocyte’) grows. The lab must provide the same environment and conditions that your gamete will need in the first few days of life.
An IVF lab should be equipped with high quality of modern equipment that will provide clean, safe and healthy environment for embryo culturing. Clean air, tools and workplace will all protect the from contamination, microbes and germs all of which could affect embryo growth. The labs should have a peaceful environment and use nontoxic solution for cleaning purposes, in addition to implementing different stages of air filtration.
To prevent mixing of samples, IVF lab embryologists must witness each other on every single step, in addition to the use of high technology of witnessing system. Moreover, embryologists must keep the gamete (Sperm & Egg ‘Oocyte’) and cultured embryos under continually supervision, starting from egg collection till embryo transfer. That to assure that incubated embryos are receiving constantly the optimum concentration of required nutrient and gases that are important for its survival and development. Lab equipment are very critical that’s why IVF lab must install a high quality monitoring system and extra power supplier in case of power faultier to record and maintain the best quality of embryo culturing.
All disposable, material and culturing media that IVF lab is using during embryo culturing should be approved to be safe in order to achieve high chances of successful IVF treatment. Embryologist must be available in the lab every day to check the embryo development and to keep couples updated and answering their queries on daily basis.