The Beth Israel Difference

Infertility can be an enormous source of anxiety and frustration for both you and your partner, and you may feel like giving up.  Don’t—there are more ways than ever to make having a child a reality for you. At Beth Israel, this means employing the most sophisticated methods under the care of the field’s most respected specialists.

But we didn’t simply adopt these methods—we helped develop them. It’s how we continue to lead our field and it’s just part of the Beth Israel difference. This section will explain the science behind our success.

Pioneering Research, Advanced Methods

We see each and every egg and embryo as another opportunity to successfully grow your family. Likewise, we’ve cultivated advanced methods that target the growth of individual eggs and embryos.

The Next Level in Care — The Beth Israel Difference

Even with the best technology and most advanced care procedures available, the success of in-vitro fertilization can still rely on immediate action and precise timing—especially in the earliest stages of the process.

Fertilization, for instance, can only occur at the proper stage of an egg’s development, but sometimes this maturation may not happen until early morning or very late at night. While most labs will wait “long enough” (usually 5pm) and hope for the best, we at Beth Israel always wait until the ideal moment for the egg to mature. Even if the ideal moment arrives in the middle of the night, our dedicated lab technicians will be there to fertilize the egg immediately, thereby improving the number of healthy embryos and the odds of overall success. We understand that when it comes to the delicate process of in-vitro treatment, every minute makes a difference and every egg counts.

EMBRYOPLASTY™ — The Beth Israel Difference

Fragmentation occurs frequently in embryos produced by in-vitro fertilization.  The higher percentage of fragmentation is related to lower quality embryos, implantation and pregnancy rates. Studies have shown that fragmentation is the result of programmed cell death or apoptosis. Furthermore, these fragments have been shown to secrete apoptotic substances that can spill out onto surrounding healthy cells and cause damage. Thus, they may induce arrest and apoptosis of remaining cells, resulting in a poor grade embryo with lower implantation and pregnancy rates.

Fortunately, years of laboratory research and the development of custom micro-surgery instruments have given way to a highly advanced process of microscopic embryo manipulation, called Embryoplasty™. Using this method, we can remove from the embryo these microscopic fragments and lead to redintegration or restoration of the embryo to health. Studies have shown that the embryoplasty™ of embryos resulted in similar implantation and pregnancy rates compared to embryos initially without fragmentation.

Because of this technique’s complexity and the expertise required to conduct it correctly and effectively, we are one of the few embryology labs nationwide to employ this revolutionary method.

Fragmented Embryo
Fragment Removal
Embryo without Fragments
Fragments removed
Fragmented Embryo
Fragment Removal
Embryo without Fragments
Fragments removed

Egg/Embryo Vitrification (Freezing) — The Beth Israel Difference

While freezing techniques have long been used to preserve eggs or embryos for later implantation, eggs/embryos preserved using traditional freezing methods still face a limited period of usability and generally decline in quality over the course of their preservation. This is mostly due to the natural expansion of the eggs/embryo’s water content as it freezes.

Our embryology lab uses an advanced rapid-freezing technique called Vitrification. By rapidly freezing eggs or embryos, vitrification minimizes the expansion of water inside of the egg/embryo, resulting in less strain on its delicate components. This means that eggs/embryos can be stored longer with less damage during preservation. Most importantly, though, it means that preserved eggs/embryos remain healthier and—according to numerous studies—have a substantially better chance of successful implantation resulting in pregnancy.

Leading Fertility Care Specialists

Our physicians, care specialists, counselors and researchers rank among the top practitioners in the fields of reproductive endocrinology and infertility treatment. Their expertise and commitment to the highest level of quality in care are the reasons why our success rates are among the best in the region.

Learn more about our staff, and how their research and expertise make the Beth Israel difference. Or, contact us today to schedule a consultation.