Infertility is a major world problem afflicts an estimated 15% of couples. In the developed world, the issue is more pressing, with one in four couples being afflicted. However, even in the developed world, where incomes are typically higher, it can still be challenging to afford effective fertility treatment.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a form of assisted reproduction that is often pursued due to its effectiveness in addressing many fertility issues that affect both men and women. Here is how it works.
How IVF works
IVF starts with making a health evaluation of the couple to determine if there are causes for infertility that need to be addressed before the procedure begins. If the couple is a good candidate for IVF, the process starts with ovarian stimulation that causes the woman’s ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Medications are used during this time to stimulate the ovaries and cause the eggs to mature before egg retrieval is done. Sperm retrieval is also done at the same time.
Next, the eggs and sperm are combined for fertilization to occur. The resulting embryos are then screened for genetic abnormalities and gender selection. The most viable embryos are then chosen for transfer into the woman’s uterus in hopes she will successfully become pregnant.
This process can take several weeks; if it fails, the couple will need to undergo another cycle t try again. On average, most women have a 20-35% chance of successfully getting pregnant during the first cycle of IVF treatment. This likelihood declines with each successive round, with an overall 45-53% chance of success with three complete cycles.
The critical problem here is that going through IVF treatment can be physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing. It can also be quite expensive, with many couples giving up at some point along the way as their finances or health insurance are no longer enough to cover the costs.
This is where Life Whisperer comes in. This technology offers couples new hope as it can improve IVF embryo selection and increase the chances of the best embryos being chosen for transfer.
What is Life Whisperer?
Life Whisperer is an artificial intelligence (AI) technology that embryologists can use to better screen embryos created during the IVF process. Improving the analysis of these embryos, there is better identification of the most viable options that can then be transferred into the woman’s uterus.
One of the critical causes of IVF failure is chromosomal abnormalities. This means the embryo created may have missing, extra, or irregular portions of chromosomal DNA. When you transfer an embryo with chromosomal abnormalities, there is an increased chance that the woman’s body will reject the embryo, leading to IVF failure and compelling the couple to undergo another expensive and strenuous IVF cycle.
Why IVF failure occurs
As said, IVF failure is often due to poor embryo quality. The embryo quality will have a greater influence on the success of pregnancy than the age of the uterus. If something is wrong with the embryo, often a result of chromosomal abnormalities, there is an increased risk it will fail to implant. This is the top cause of miscarriages.
Unfortunately, there is an increased likelihood of chromosomal abnormalities occurring as the woman ages. This decline in the quality of eggs begins from about the age of 30 and, by the mid-40s, can result in as much as 75% of a woman’s eggs having chromosomal abnormalities.
These abnormalities can also come from the sperm. However, the rate of decline in the quality of sperm is much slower with men than with women’s eggs. However, it is not uncommon for genetic screening of embryos to only be undertaken after the initial IVF cycle has failed.
Life Whisperer is designed to ensure that right from the start of your IVF treatment; you are provided with better chances of success by ensuring the most viable embryos are selected for transfer.
Traditionally, the choice of embryos to be transferred is left to the skills and experience of the embryologist in the lab. With Life Whisperer, there is a better use of technology that can be coupled with this manual expertise in providing better identification of viable embryos.
Benefits of Life Whisperer
1. Improved results
Life Whisperer complements the efforts and expertise of embryologists by providing them with access to AI technology designed to identify better the most viable embryos that can be used in an IVF cycle for transfer into the uterus. This analysis and data can be stored and retrieved even if the remaining embryos have been frozen and may need to be retrieved for additional cycles. Overall, it increases the chances of successful implantation and pregnancy carried to term as it better assures that the best quality embryos are identified.
2. Quick results
Once the required images are uploaded, the powerful AI technology gets to work to immediately analyze their morphological features that can be harder for the human eye to define. This is based on its experience analyzing over 20,000 globally-sourced 2D embryo images. This provides a more accurate analysis of their viability and a ranking system, so you know which are the healthiest embryos. You can have the results generated into a report in minutes.
The use of Life Whisperer helps to cut IVF costs drastically as by improving the choice of embryos to use, there are better chances of having a successful cycle right from the start. Having fewer IVF cycles can provide couples with significant financial savings. The AI technology is also highly affordable for clinics and patients as they can access the service online and on-demand at a reasonable fee per cycle. There is no need for additional set-up costs or other ongoing expenses.
4. Reduced stress
With increased chances of early success during IVF treatment, hopeful parents can look forward to getting pregnant sooner and at a lower cost. Without having to go through invasive and expensive procedures again, they will be less stressed by the pursuit of their bundle of joy.