Embryologist tips on Egg Sperm and Embryo quality

I got on a zoom call from my Acubalance Vancouver clinic to chat with Sophia Baseotto, embryologist, andrologist and IVF coach out of Australia to talk about embryo quality.

Sophia has a Bachelor of Science majoring in chemistry, biochemistry and biological chemistry with over two decades of experience across all areas of IVF and Fertility treatments.

How to Emotionally Get Through an IVF Cycle

I was treating a patient last week preparing for her first IVF cycle when she asked me, “How do people get through this?” This particular patient, who I will call Emma, suffered a devastating miscarriage earlier this year and was plagued with so much guilt about not being able to provide her 5 year old son with a sibling. Emma is definitely not alone in these feelings, struggling with infertility and proceeding with IVF is undoubtedly stressful. So I thought I would compile my responses I use to support my patients during this difficult time. 


Unexplained infertility, poor embryo development and miscarriages may be related to this.....

Up to 50% of couples diagnosed with unexplained infertility, poor embryo development and miscarriages may actually now be explainable with some new testing being offered. Even better, there are some natural and non-invasive approaches to reverse the issues too.

How To Boost Your Chances of Pregnancy While Doing an IUI

If you are looking for ways to help improve your chances of success while undergoing western fertility treatments you're not alone. Most studies focus on how to improve IVF (in vitro fertilization) cycles but little is mentioned on how to improve IUI cycles. Although there may be a lack of available information there are things which you can do to help boost your chances of a healthy pregnancy during an IUI cycle.  

Tips for a Smooth Embryo Transfer Day

For anyone undergoing IVF, embryo transfer day can be an anxious one - especially if you have never done it before and don’t quite know what to expect. I have had the honour of being part of hundreds of embryo transfers, performing acupuncture onsite at the fertility clinic around this procedure. Based on the questions and concerns that often arise, I have compiled a list of my top tips for helping your embryo transfer day go as smoothly as possible!


Get a Good Rest

Glutathione and Your Fertility

Glutathione, in my opinion, may prove to be one of the most significant factors in why egg quality declines with age.

We often recommend starting with a series of weekly IV glutathione sessions, followed by a mitochondrial and glutathione support formula in the form of a nutritional IV drip, for patients who are TTC.


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