BONUS 59: Embryo Grading 101

July 15, 2016

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Jill Mathews, the embryology supervisor at the Fertility Centers of Illinois. She and Heather discuss everything you need to know about embryo grading:

  • In general, what is embryo grading?
  • How effective is embryo grading?
  • Talk to me about what happens after egg retrieval and the differences between Day 3, Day 5, and Day 6 embryos.
  • It is my understanding that numeric grading systems for multicell embryos usually have 4 levels. Can you please explain each one?
  • Blastocysts are typically graded with a number and a letter. What is a blastocyst, and can you explain what the different grades mean?
  • How do embryologists make their final decision about an embryo’s grade?
  • Is there a grade at which you would not recommend transferring an embryo because it’s too low?
  • How do you determine your recommendation of what day to transfer embryos, as well as how many to transfer?
  • How are embryos frozen and thawed? Does this process damage the embryos at all?
  • How much does an embryo’s grade really impact the success of IVF?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

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