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VIEW FROM THE EMBRYOLOGY LABORATORY

Anya Hein, one of seven embryologists in the ten embryology team at Oregon Reproductive Medicine shares some insights on the critical time that patients’ embryos spend growing and developing in the laboratory.

When choosing a fertility provider, picking one that you trust and feel comfortable with is an essential part of the process. Patients typically focus on their individual doctor, but they do not always get to know more about the embryology laboratory and the embryology team that will be working on their behalf when selecting a fertility provider. When patients learn more about the IVF process, they realize the extremely crucial role that the embryology lab and team will play in their journey to parenthood. Every laboratory and embryology team has its unique attributes which can contribute to success, so it is helpful for patients to get to know more about this part of their IVF team and have trust in them as well.

As an embryologist, “Guardian of Embryos”, I know that it can seem as though we want to keep all the magic that happens in our little laboratory to ourselves. There tends to be a veil of mystery over what is going on in the IVF laboratory. As a patient you probably won’t meet one of us as you begin your cycle and you may not even meet us on the day of your egg retrieval. A patient might wonder; are there even any embryologists in there? What are they doing with my gametes? It is a significant leap of faith that we ask our patients to have immeasurable trust in us as we care for their hopes of becoming parents.

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