Male Fertility Testing Using a Smart Phone


CNN reports a new technology that will determine a man’s fertility through an app on a smartphone. While the technology is still in development by two Massachusetts hospitals, it has the potential to make infertility evaluation simpler and less costly. The app will be able to assess sperm count and motility with 98% accuracy. However, the […]

FAQ: How is the “best” embryo selected for transfer?


The “best” embryo for transfer is typically selected based on morphology (grading) and/or preimplantation genetic screening (PGS).  Morphologic grading of cleavage-stage embryos (Day 2 and 3 embryos) involves the cell count and “fragmentation” rate of cells. Morphologic grading of blastocyst-stage embryos (Day 5 and 6 embryos) involves assessment of a group of cells that line the […]

Male Fertility Awareness


Fertility is often approached from a female point of view, even though it takes both healthy eggs and sperm to make a baby. Much of the emphasis on fertility is approached from the woman’s perspective. This is because a woman must not only play her part in fertilization, she must also carry the baby to […]

FAQ: What is assisted hatching? When is this recommended and how does it improve IVF success?

IVF treatment cycle stages

Assisted hatching is a specialized laboratory technique that embryologists perform with pinpoint laser technology to create an opening in the zona pellucida, the glycoprotein layer that surrounds the embryo, in order to improve in vitro fertilization (IVF) implantation rates with embryo transfer. This procedure helps an embryo remove its “shell” before they are transferred to […]