Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a procedure where a sperm cell is injected directly into an ovum in vitro. ICSI is recommended for couples faced with male infertility, such as low sperm count, poor sperm motility, poor sperm quality, sperm unable to penetrate an egg; or azoospermia, the absence of sperm in semen. Sperm may be retrieved from the male partner through normal ejaculation, however there are indications for alternative methods of retrieval, especially in cases where the patient has azoospermia due to obstruction. Needle aspiration allows for sperm retrieval to be done quickly and easily. This procedure is usually Continue reading →

In Vitro Fertilization & Embryo Transfer (Part 1)

For couples who have been unsuccessful in their attempts to conceive, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer allows them a chance at establishing a pregnancy. Superovulation Once a couple has been referred for assisted reproductive therapies and have been deemed good candidates for in vitro fertilization, both of them undergo a physical examination and assessment. Superovulation is a controlled technique, designed to stimulate the female partner’s ovaries to produce several oocytes in a cycle, rather than the usual single egg. Multiple eggs allow for multiple attempts at fertilization, and even the availability of multiple embryos. Superovulation ultimately increases the success Continue reading →

Frozen-Thawed Embryo Transfer

Frozen-thawed embryo transfer is the transfer of embryos to the uterus after having been previously cryopreserved and thawed. This is an important procedure in treating infertility, and has generally positive outcomes when compared with fresh embryo transfers. Cryopreservation is often required for patients who are not good candidates for fresh embryo transfer, such as women who have a high risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, or those requiring a quarantine period for embryos or even unfertilized oocytes. After the initial consultation, screening, and other tests have been completed; the woman receives gonadotropin-releasing hormone or follicle-stimulating hormone to stimulate her ovaries. When Continue reading →

Cryopreservation: Sperm and Testicular Tissue Freezing

Aside from freezing ova, embryos and blastocysts, another option is to harvest reproductive cells and tissue from the male partner. Sperm and testicular tissues can be preserved, and this service is available for men who wish to bank their sperm for the future. Cryopreservation of sperm and testicular tissue is especially useful for men who have been diagnosed with cancer, and face treatment modalities that are potentially harmful to their reproductive organs and cells. These treatments include chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Sperm freezing gives couples the option for fertility treatments such as intrauterine insemination and in-vitro fertilization in the future. This Continue reading →

Cryopreservation Part 2: Embryo and Blastocyst Cryopreservation

Embryo Freezing Similar to oocyte freezing, embryos and blastocysts are preserved at sub-zero temperatures. The embryonic stage of development corresponds to the pre-implantation, where under normal circumstances the fertilized egg is still within the fallopian tube en route to the uterus, where it would develop into a fetus. After oocytes are harvested, they are fertilized using donor sperm and allowed to develop into embryos over three days. Embryo cryopreservation can be achieved via slow freezing or vitrification, much like what is achieved when oocytes are frozen. Embryo cryopreservation is indicated for “leftover” embryos after the completion of an IVF cycle. Continue reading →

Atraumatic Assisted Hatching and Partial Zona Dissection

In-vitro fertilization is among the most widely used techniques to deal with infertility and to help couples become pregnant. Although it has many success stories to its credit, IVF is sometimes inefficient, and this is usually due to implantation failure. Failure to implant occurs because of several factors, including genetic abnormalities within the embryos, less-than-optimal culture conditions, and anomalies in the zona pellucida. The zona pellucida, or egg coat, is the glycoprotein membrane that surrounds the plasma membrane of an oocyte. It is involved in the acrosome reaction, during which the sperm is bound to the oocyte, and subsequent fertilization. Continue reading →

Dr. Greg Pastorfide is UP Med’s Distinguished Alumnus 2012

The highest award that the UPMAS gives out yearly will be presented to Pastorfide (UP College of Medicine, Class of ’67) in ceremonies to be held at Edsa Shangri-la Manila on December 20.The Distinguished Alumnus award (previously called Outstanding Alumnus award) is given to an alumnus/alumna “whose qualities of leadership, professionalism and dedication to quality care exemplify the high standards of conduct and ethical behavior in patient care embodied in the objectives of the College, envisioned by Hippocrates and epitomized by Galen.” Dr. Greg is the medical director of the Victory ART Laboratories which specializes in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) method Continue reading →

Blastocyst Culture and Transfer

In vitro fertilization has improved success rates in pregnancy, due in part to recent advances in blastocyst culture and transfer procedures. Usually, embryos are transferred to the uterus on the third day following fertilization. However, it has become possible to culture embryos in a laboratory setting to the blastocyst stage, which occurs on day five. The importance of blastocysts lies in their viability. The strongest, healthiest embryos typically survive to the blastocyst stage because they have made it through several important growth and division checkpoints along the way. These processes are necessary for allowing only strong embryos to continue developing, Continue reading →

A Thank You Note

To our valued Clients, Before 2012 ends, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for giving us the chance to help you in bringing new smiles into the world. Your smiles and gratitude inspires us to continue our advocacy to bring more smiles to others in the future. From the pioneer IVF laboratory in the Philippines, Victory ART Laboratory Phil., Inc

Tips in Finding the Right IVF Center For You

Let’s say that you and your partner have not been very successful in your attempts at starting a family. You’ve had your hormones checked by your gynecologist, and you’ve had a couple miscarriages in the past. Your husband has also undergone a semen analysis, and although things look normal on his end, you’re facing an uphill battle. You’re already in your mid-thirties, and still don’t have a child. Now is the time for you to look into other alternatives in fertility. You may be tempted to direct your attention to fertility clinics. These infertility specialists provide solutions not found in Continue reading →