How ultrasound guided embryo transfers have significantly increased chances of successful pregnancy and implantation.
We all might agree that in today’s strenuous environment, planning a family has become a stressful rather than an exciting experience for couples. When the process of clinical pregnancy took its initial steps, the underlying objective was to bestow childless couples with the happiness of having their own babies.
The problem of infertility is the unpleasant reality of modern-age couples which instead of being addressed is often frowned upon. The individuals are commonly labelled as ‘incomplete’, and ‘incompetent’ if they are infertile. However, with advances in medical reproductive sciences, procreation for couples has not only been made possible but has also unraveled controlled ways to encourage fertilization. Outside the body fertilization process through IVF and embryo transfer is breaking the constraints of natural birthing.
These Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ART) have not only been able to restore couple’s lost hope, but also given them the happiness of being parents to ‘healthy’ babies through genetic profiling. The use of ultrasound-guided embryo transfer using ultrasonic transfer catheters has been clinically proven to improve the implantation and success rates, bringing the joy of parenthood to couples worldwide.
The technique tries replicating natural reproduction, with an objective to locate the most optimal target for successful embryo placement. “The usual embryo transfer relies mainly on the judgement and the ‘clinical feel’ of the medical experts as to whether the catheter is in the correct position. But with ultrasound guided transfers, the placement of the catheter in the uterus cavity is guided technologically, making transfers easier with less catheter distortion,” explains Dr Gautam Allahbadia, a noted world authority on Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer and the head of Millennium Medical Centre (MMC) IVF Dubai.
For couples wondering if there are any complications in the process, Dr Schoolcraft, founder and medical director of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, says, “Ultrasound guidance can help you follow the contour of the cervix and avoid touching the fundus. Your catheter should be free of blood, mucous, or endometrial cells when the embryologist examines it. It’s also very popular with IVF patients, because they get to visualize the transfer and have some reassurance that the embryo is delivered to their uterus,”
The process has proven to improve success rate of pregnancies, along with avoiding difficult transfers, mitigating contamination with blood, and further reducing any related afflictions.