Blastocyst transfer

It's a technique used during in vitro fertilization (IVF)


Blastocyst transfer is a technique used during in vitro fertilization (IVF) where embryos are allowed to develop in the laboratory for an extended period of time, typically until they reach the blastocyst stage, before being transferred into the woman’s uterus. The blastocyst stage is a more advanced stage of embryo development compared to earlier stages, such as cleavage stage.

Here is an overview of the blastocyst transfer process:

  1. Ovarian Stimulation and Egg Retrieval: The woman undergoes ovarian stimulation with fertility medications to promote the development of multiple mature eggs. When the eggs are ready, they are retrieved through a minor surgical procedure called egg retrieval.

  2. Fertilization: The retrieved eggs are then fertilized with sperm, either through conventional IVF or through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), depending on the specific circumstances and needs of the couple.

  3. Embryo Culture: Following fertilization, the resulting embryos are placed in a specialized culture medium in the laboratory. The embryos are cultured for several days, typically up to five or six days, to allow them to develop and reach the blastocyst stage.

  4. Blastocyst Selection: During the culture period, the embryologists monitor the embryos’ development and assess their quality. By the blastocyst stage, some embryos may have stopped developing or may not have reached the desired quality. The embryologists select the best-quality blastocysts for transfer based on factors such as cell number, cell symmetry, and appearance of the inner cell mass and trophectoderm.

  5. Embryo Transfer: The selected blastocysts are transferred into the woman’s uterus through a thin catheter, guided by ultrasound imaging. The transfer is typically performed without anesthesia, and the number of blastocysts transferred depends on various factors, including the woman’s age, the quality of the embryos, and any legal or ethical considerations.

  6. Remaining Blastocysts: If there are additional high-quality blastocysts that are not transferred, they can be cryopreserved (frozen) for future use in subsequent IVF cycles.

The advantage of blastocyst transfer is that it allows for the selection of embryos that have demonstrated better development and increased chances of implantation. By extending the culture period and observing the embryos at the blastocyst stage, embryologists can better assess their quality and the likelihood of successful implantation.

It’s important to note that not all embryos will reach the blastocyst stage, and some may have a higher chance of arrest or poor development. The decision to proceed with blastocyst transfer is made based on individual circumstances, and it may not be suitable for every couple or every IVF cycle.

Consulting with a fertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist is recommended to discuss the potential benefits, risks, and success rates of blastocyst transfer in your specific situation. They can provide personalized guidance and recommendations based on your individual fertility factors and treatment goals.


Dr. Indu Madhusudhan

MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Speciality : Infertility Specialist, Gynecologist, Obstetrician Experience : 22+ Years Experience
Languages spoken : English, Kannada ,Hindi , Marathi


Dr. Madhusudhan H.R

MS - General Surgery, MCh - Urology/Genito-Urinary Surgery, DNB - Urology/Genito - Urinary Surgery, MNAMS - General Surgery, FRCS - General Surgery, MBBS

Speciality : Infertility Specialist, Gynecologist, Obstetrician Experience : 22+ Years Experience
Languages spoken : English, Kannada ,Hindi , Marathi

Sushma Dasari
Sushma Dasari
It's a gods grace to meet Dr.Indu Madhusudhan, our life has changed completly because of her advices, I am conceived now and expecting a baby in few days. She is extremely patient friendly, polite and smiling in addressing all our concerns. More to it she also made us feel comfortable in communicating freely during the appointments. I would say she is one of the top most gynaecologist with impeccable knowledge. Thank you mam for utmost care and advices.
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Srujana Banjagere
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sonali manure
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Pratibha Kulkarni
We are thankful to Dr.Indu for always being there for us. Throughout our infertility journey she gave us hope and encouraged us to not give up. We really appreciate her knowledge, friendliness and frankness. Her calm demeanour and constant guidance helped us keep calm through our challenging pregnancy and emergency c-section. She has not just been our doctor but also a friend and a guide.

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