The procedure of In Vitro fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization has helped millions of couples around the world to get pregnant.
It is now known all around the world as the best alternative way for women having fertility problems to get pregnant. Most of people probably already know what IVF is but for those who don’t know IVF is a series of medical procedures which ought to deal with fertility and genetic issues that interfere with the women’s ability to conceive.
The procedure involves the retrieval of the matured eggs from the woman’s ovaries. Then in a laboratory they are (the eggs) fertilized with the sperm of the partner or donated sperm in some cases. After the fertilization the woman’s uterus is injected with the embryo.
Problems with IVF
We are not going to go into details here about risks and complications of IVF we are however going to address some of them which aren’t mentioned often. First of all some experts say that the fact that the fertilization process takes place in a petri dish increases the chances of health problems in that embryo. Furthermore there are people who for various reasons think that IVF is unnatural and they are scared of such way of conception. Professor Nick Macklon from Southampton which was already mentioned in our other article about the genetic pattern in the womb causing IVF failure may have found an answer to those problems. Macklon in cooperation with Anecova developed a device called Anevivo which makes it able for women to have a more natural IVF.
Benefits of using Anevivo
We already had an article about a similar device called INVOcell. It works on similar premises but it is different. INVOcell is a device which lets a woman develop her embryo in her own body instead of a laboratory and Anevivo takes this even further by taking the fertilization process out of the cold interiors of a laboratory to the woman’s uterus. Professor Macklon said: “The aim is to maximize the time spent in the body rather than in the lab. The immediate benefit is reducing exposure at this very vulnerable time of human development when genes are being switched on and off,”. The company Anecova describes their device as a new way to fertilize and develop the embryo in the wamth of the mother’s body.
How does Anevivo work?
Firstly the woman’s uterus is injected with the Anevivo capsule containing the matured egg and sperm. Doctors then remove the capsule from the body after 24 hours. The device itself is very little – 1 cm long and 1mm wide. After the capsule is retrieved doctors wait 2 to 4 days and then select the healthiest embryo and inject it back to the woman’s womb. If everything goes well the woman gets pregnant. Thanks to this device the woman can fell more in control of giving life to her future child. It also gives the developing embryo the access to natural nutrition from the mother’s body. Furthermore it cuts short the exposure to the laboratory’s artificial substances.