BONUS 291: Assessing Egg Maturity & Quality

December 25, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Angie Beltsos, chief medical officer at Vios Fertility Institute.

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Dr. Angie Beltsos and Heather discuss assessing egg maturity and quality:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose a career in reproductive medicine?
  • Take us through your career.

EGG GRADING

  • How do embryologists determine egg maturity?
    • Take us through the 3 grades:
      Geminal vesicle (GV)
      Metaphase 1 (M1)
      Metaphase 2 (M2)
  • How do embryologists determine egg quality?
    • Take us through the 3 grades:
      Good
      Fair
      Poor
  • Why are technological advancements in determining egg quality important?
  • What are some advancements that have impressed you?
  • When learning about new advancements, how do you decide what to offer and what to wait on?
  • When Future Fertility presented the idea of egg grading, were you surprised this could be done?
  • How can egg grading help the average fertility patient?
  • What is the process to “grade” the egg using the “VIOLET A.I.”?
  • As the only clinic to be using it, have you had patients purchase this extra treatment? If so, what was their response when you presented it?
  • At $500, it seems budget-friendly. Are there any additional costs?
  • What do you feel this and other kinds of innovations bring to patients going through infertility or choosing to preserve their fertility?
  • Has there been any recent research regarding egg maturity or egg quality?
  • Can you share some egg grading success stories?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to infertility warriors who are concerned about their egg quality?

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