A new technique for IVF which takes thousands of photos of embryos to monitor their growth could treble the chance of pregnancy, claim its creators.
They have hailed the method as the ‘most exciting development in fertility treatment in 30 years’.
The catch? It costs an extra £750 – and is unlikely to be available on the NHS.
The method helps doctors identify and implant the embryo that is growing the fastest, which is typically the most likely to develop into a healthy foetus.
Experts behind the method said it could also cut the risk of miscarriage and spare couples the emotional ordeal of several rounds of failed treatment.
A course of IVF creates varying numbers of embryos from sperm and eggs, which develop in the laboratory before one or more are implanted into a woman’s womb.
But it is extremely difficult for doctors to choose the best. They examine them under a microscope and try to determine the healthiest by shape and size.
However, this does not allow checks for abnormalities in the chromosomes, the tiny strands of DNA within the cells.
Good news: The creators behind the technique have hailed the method as the ‘most exciting development in fertility treatment in 30 years’. This picture is posed by a model