New IVF test to enhance fertility chances

New IVF test to enhance fertility chancesA new in vitro fertilization (IVF) test has been claimed to be developed by scientists, which is expected to detect faulty embryos and treble a woman’s chance of giving birth to a healthy baby.

The scientists revealed that the new technique is all about taking a sample from embryos when they are five-day old and then evaluating each of its twenty three pairs of chromosomes. Thereafter, only the healthiest single embryo is implanted in the womb.

From in.news.yahoo.com:

The method could spare thousands of couples the heartache of miscarriage as well as removing the risk that children conceived by fertility treatment have of conditions such as Down’s syndrome, the ‘Daily Mail‘ reported.

In fact, the test, called Chromosome Aneuploidy Screening, has been so successful that experts believe it will be routinely available to women undergoing IVF within the next three years.

The screening checks embryos for chromosome abnormalities. Any which are faulty are discarded, and only those which stand the best chance of developing into a healthy foetus are implanted back into the womb, say the scientists.

Trials have shown that up to 88 per cent of women receiving tested embryos give birth. This is more than treble the success rate of IVF – only between 20 and 30 per cent of those undergoing treatment in Britain will have a baby.

The test was unveiled at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in Denver, Colorado and is expected to cost 2,000 pounds a time that is on top of the normal price of IVF of around 4,000 pounds.

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