IVF Select is an innovative, approach to assisted reproduction that involves
- Freezing all embryos in an IVF cycle,
- Testing of embryos for unbalanced chromosomes
- Transferring after thawing one at a time in later non-stimulated cycles.
Embryos with abnormal numbers of chromosomes or parts of chromosomes rarely develop into a pregnancy and healthy baby. These are the most frequent causes of IVF failure and miscarriage, especially in older patients. This technique maximises cumulative live birth rates per IVF attempt and minimises multiple pregnancies, which increases the health risks for both mother and baby.
The London Women's Clinic team at London Bridge is one of only a handful of clinics around the world who have pioneered this treatment. The resulting outstanding pregnancy rates, across a wide range of maternal ages, mean you can maximise your chance of a healthy baby.
Key points about IVF Select
- Selection of embryos based on genetic as well as morphological quality.
- Higher pregnancy rates per embryo transferred.
- Lower chance of miscarriage.
- Fewer embryo transfers needed to achieve pregnancy
- There may be fewer embryos available for transfer.
- Does not remove the need for prenatal chromosomal screening.
For more information, visit the HFEA website (https://www.hfea.gov.uk/treatments/treatment-add-ons/pre-implantation-genetic-testing-for-aneuploidy-pgt-a/).
How does IVF Select work?
IVF Select incorporates many of the latest innovations in IVF to maximise the chances of a successful and safe single pregnancy:
- Ovarian stimulation individually tailored to optimise the number of mature eggs collected in a single IVF treatment cycle
- Embryos are cultured to the blastocyst stage and monitored by time-lapse imaging
- Unlimited embryo testing for genetic imbalances (aneuploidy and structural abnormalities) by 'Next Generation Sequencing' (NGS) chromosome copy number analysis
- No embryo transfer in the fresh cycle to avoid ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and improve the chance of pregnancy
- All blastocysts are vitrified (frozen) with a series of transfers of single genetically balanced blastocysts
Meet the IVF Select team
Our dedicated team has over 25 years experience in fertility and genetics
Mr Michel Summers, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine
A graduate of King’s College, Cambridge Mr Summers completed his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine followed by a Clinical Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is certified by both the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ACOG) as well as on the GMC Specialist Register as a Consultant in Reproductive Medicine. His special interests include IVF, embryo culture, embryo implantation and preimplantation genetic diagnostics, areas of research in which he has published extensively.
Dr Julija Gorodeckaja, Fertility and IVF Specialist
Dr Gorodeckaja trained in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Vilnius University Hospital in Lithuania. Since moving to the UK in 2012, she has worked at the Whittington Hospital as a specialist trainee, at the Baltic Medical Centre and at the Kings College Hospital as a clinical fellow. Her specialist interests are in preimplantation genetics (PGS), advanced gynaecological scanning and early pregnancy diagnostics.
Elena Linara, Senior Embryologist and Quality Lead
Elena has 10 years’ experience within embryology and is qualified in biomedical sciences, prenatal genetics and fetal medicine, and clinical embryology. She is particularly interested in ocyte and embryo vitrification, prenatal genetics, quality management, intrauterine insemination and egg sharing. Before joining the team at LWC she worked as an embryologist, andrologist and a deputy sperm bank manager.