Researchers at University of Michigan (where I did my infertility training) have shown that gently rocking embryos while they grow before an embryo transfer could possibly improve pregnancy rates. They used a device that mimics the motion that embryos experience naturally as they travel down the fallopian tube into the uterus.
Click here to watch the video: http://www.ns.umich.edu/podcast/video2.php?id=1184
After egg retrieval, the sperm and egg come together and an embryo is formed. Currently, the embryo sits in a culture dish in an incubator. The incubator doesn’t move. Researchers found that when using this device with mouse embryos, pregnancy ratet went up by 22%.
We are always looking for the latest and greatest IVF breakthrough. We had the discovery of ICSI (sperm injection) followed by PGS (preimplantation genetic screening) and this could be our latest breakthrough.
We currently focus on stress reduction and mind body approaches to IVF because we really haven’t had any huge recent scientific breakthroughs to improve pregnancy rates.
This is very exciting for the IVF world.
For more information: see this link