Poma Fertility Doctors Wiemer and Opsahl Interviewed on Embryo Grading
In the embryology laboratory, Poma Fertility embryologists and reproductive endocrinology doctors use a process called embryo grading to determine which embryos have the very best chance of making a patient pregnant. After selection, the embryo is then implanted into a female patients uterus where is will grow into a healthy baby.
Poma Fertility reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Michael Opsahl, M.D. says embryo grading is one of many ways fertility doctors and laboratory scientists can monitor the growth pattern of an embryo.
According to Opsahl, embryos are typical graded on visual characteristics such as how grainy they appear when viewed under magnification, how big the cells are, clarity, the number of cells in the embryo, and also if the cells are fragmenting which is a sign that the cells are dying and the embryo is not healthy.
In an interview with Fertility Authority, a fertility information and patient appointment referral website, both Opsahl and Poma Fertility Laboratory Director Dr. Klaus Wiemer talk about the importance of embryo quality as part of the ivf (in vitro fertilization) treatment process.
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