July 25th is celebrated as World Embryologist Day worldwide, following a survey of embryologists in 2013. They voted to celebrate the profession of IVF scientists such as clinical embryologists, reproductive biologists & andrology & embryology technicians on the birthday of Louise Joy Brown, the first baby to be conceived through IVF. On this day, we at Manipal Fertility have a special message for all couples facing fertility issues. Infertility is a medical condition, not a taboo, and with the right assistance and treatment, you can start a beautiful family of your own too.
More than 27.5 million couples in India and around one in ten couples globally struggle with some form of infertility. These staggering numbers seem untrue because infertility is still not talked about openly and most people are not well-informed about their fertility health. We are trying to build a supportive and open environment for all couples struggling with infertility so that can they can freely seek information, guidance, and treatment and cope with the emotional and physical stress that infertility causes. IVF is a team effort involving, reproductive medicine specialists, embryologists, andrologists, counselors & nursing staff and their roles are crucial to high success rates and healthy babies.
Who is an embryologist?
An embryologist is a reproductive biologist who handles the oocytes, sperm, and the embryos. They play an extremely vital role in In Vitro Fertilization treatment and from the diagnosis, counseling to the final procedure of embryo transfer. During the diagnosis procedure, these specialists examine and study the sperm and eggs (oocytes) & are involved in counseling the couple about any abnormalities and defects that need to be addressed before they opt for the IVF cycle.
Responsibilities of an Embryologist:
9. Apart from these, they are responsible towards maintaining optimum laboratory conditions, Quality assurance, Quality Control of the laboratory processes. Documentation & data maintenance.
10. A diligent & responsible embryologist plays a crucial role to ensure good & safe practices.
These medical professionals are key to the success of an IVF treatment. Therefore, it is imperative for couples seeking IVF to carefully consider the profile of the Embryologist and the quality of the Embryology work as additional factors of importance in their treatment.
The embryologists at Manipal Fertility are highly qualified, with 5- 20 years of work experience in this field. They are academically sound and have presented their work at both national and international academic conferences.
Our embryology team is lead by Our Scientific Director & Chief Clinical embryologist Dr. Varsha Samson Roy. She is an MD (Obs & Gynac) & has done her masters in Clinical
Embryology from the National University, Singapore. She is also the President of the Academy of Clinical Embryologists India. She has been on the editorial board of reputed journals, has been an advisor to various IVF centers in India & is also an examiner for Clinical Embryology courses for various universities.
With an experience spanning 20 years, & having handled more than 5000 cases She has pioneered the procedure of In-vitro Maturation (IVM) in India & vitrification ( freezing) in South India.
If you have been experiencing trouble trying to conceive, the fertility specialists at Manipal Fertility can help you understand your problems, guide you through your journey, and decide the right treatment plan for you.