Checking your eggs

Immediately after egg collection, the embryologist places your eggs in a special dish with culture medium — fluid specifically made for eggs — and puts the dish in an incubator. The environment in the incubator is regulated so that the temperature, gas and pH levels are the same as in a woman's body — this ensures that the eggs feel 'at home'.

The embryologist can then take a closer look at the eggs and record the fine detail about each egg. The embryologist is hoping to find eggs that are 'just right', as they have the best chance of fertilising. In 'just right' eggs, the embryologist can see that a polar body has been extruded, which means that the egg has rid itself of half its original 46 chromosomes in preparation for the 23 chromosomes that the sperm brings. 'Just right' eggs are also surrounded by a fluffy cloud of so-called cumulus cells, which nourish the egg. The more eggs that are 'just right', the happier the embryologist.

The look of the eggs and the surrounding cells determines how long the embryologist needs to wait before introducing them to the sperm. This is called the pre-incubation time and it can range from one hour to several hours. For ICSI, the embryologist removes all the cells surrounding the eggs before injecting the sperm and this allows a detailed assessment of the maturity of the eggs.

If the cells surrounding the eggs appear very tightly packed, the eggs may be immature. The embryologist gives potentially immature eggs a long pre-incubation time in the hope that this will allow the eggs to progress through the maturation process. Although this improves their chance of fertilising, such eggs have a lower chance of developing into healthy embryos.

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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