Reproductive medicine has undergone important advances, thanks to the new technologies applied, this has allowed progress in different fields of the Assisted reproduction, Smart incubators, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and the preservation of long-term fertility, today are possible thanks to a young science that allows offering fertility treatments with greater chances of success.
Reproductive technology makes patients with impaired fertility, who require assisted reproductive treatment, increase your chances of pregnancy with personalized and safe procedures.
Colombia is currently a benchmark in fertility treatments, and increasingly a frequent destination for foreign couples who travel to do their treatments in the country.
“Technology in reproductive medicine helps us fertility doctors to attend to different cases and opens various possibilities to patients who previously did not have them,” he says. Eduardo Castro Scientific Director of Reprotec.
Today there are different types of fertility treatments, among which the in vitro fertilization as the main assisted reproduction technique, with a high probability of effectiveness.
Additionally, there are fertility preservation programs, which offer the possibility of freeze eggs and sperm, to people who must undergo treatments that can cause sterility, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, or simply to those who want to achieve a pregnancy in the future.
Currently there are different types of technologies that improve and increase the possibilities of the reproductive purpose, among which the following stand out:
Witness-Security Technology and traceability in the assisted reproduction laboratory
It is an identification program, based on radio frequency tracking that allows to identify each egg, sperm, and embryo since entering the fertility clinic, until arrival at mother’s uterus.
This technique also makes it possible to avoid possible confusion in the handling of samples in the assisted reproduction laboratory, thanks to a system of checkpoints and alarms that allows the precise identification of embryos and gametes.
Timelapse Technology – Incubator that tracks the embryo in real time.
This technique makes possible a greater and better surveillance of the embryos without altering their state of incubation in the fertility laboratory.
It is an incubator equipped with cameras that allows to constantly see in a digital way, the development of each one of the embryos, from the moment of the fertilization until the day of transfer.
“With this tool we avoid removing the embryo from the incubator to be able to observe its shape and development, minimizing risks associated with changes in temperature and conditions of the culture medium when examining them,” explained Castro.
PGT-A-PGTM- Preimplantation genetic diagnosis
This complementary technique to the treatments of in vitro fertilization, makes it possible to evaluate and ensure the transfer of genetically normal embryos, as well as to detect monogenic diseases from either parent, such as Down syndrome or hemophilia. Additionally it allows to know the sex of the baby.
This type of technology is used in cases of recurrent abortions and allows women over 39 years of age, whose oocyte capacity is diminished, to control the risk of genetic alterations of the chromosomes in their embryos.
Banking is a technique that makes it possible to reserve eggs in the laboratory during each cycle and thus be able to offer a real opportunity to patients who have a rdecreased ovarian reserve, as a result of age or disease.
This condition makes pregnancy difficult and reduces the chances of success of any Fertility treatment. For these women the Egg donation was previously the only therapeutic alternative.
Advances in reproductive medicine go hand in hand with developments in technology, new techniques and procedures that emerge as a result of arduous research, help improve the chances of success for many patients who seek to fulfill their dream of being parents.