In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Technology

The first baby born as a result of in vitro fertilisation dates back to 1978. Since then, IVF has developed into a treatment accepted for infertility worldwide. It is estimated that five million IVF babies have been born.

In short, IVF is the process of fertilisation that takes place in a laboratory instead of in the fallopian tube. Laboratory techniques play a central role in the success of the fertilisation and embryo development. The body conditions are mimicked, as far as possible, with new scientific developments in the field every year to improve these conditions.


EmbryoScope™ is the world’s most used time-lapse system for observation of embryo development, while maintaining stable embryo culture conditions. It has been used in more than 300.000 patient treatments since 2009.

At the heart of the system is the EmbryoScope™ incubator which ensures stable incubation while automatically taking images of the developing embryos at defined intervals. This information is transferred to the ES server so that the information can be accessed from conveniently accessed computer stations.

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In standard IVF the embryos are removed from the incubator every second day so embryologists can make sure they’re growing as they should be. The EmbryoScope™ is an IVF incubator with a built-in camera for automated imaging of the oocytes in a closed incubation environment from fertilization until the time of the embryo transfer.

It is a system that is an incubator, a microscope with an integrated camera and advanced software at the same time. The EmbryoScope™ time-lapse system provides superior image quality, thereby allowing the embryologist to visually follow the development of the embryos. In this way, the embryologist can distinguish and choose between normal developing embryos with good implantation potential and development patterns with a risk of implantation failure.

The IVF Process

In contrast to popular belief, the fertilisation process itself in IVF is not artificial or ‘conducted via man’. IVF is only the process of bringing the sperm and eggs together. The process must then take its physiological and biological course.

Indications for IVF

• Tubal Factors
• Mild Sperm Factor or Normal Sperm Parameters
• Unexplained Infertility – Normal Ovulatory Cycles and Normal Sperm Parameters
• Recurrent Miscarriages
• Erectile Dysfunction
• Polycystic Ovaries

Apply for Donor

A donation cycle may take between three and six weeks. During this period the egg donor’s cycle and the recipient’s cycle can be synchronised. The egg donor will have to undertake a series of injections to stimulate egg production and increase the number of mature eggs.

Contact us to apply for a donor.