CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Couples having a hard time getting pregnant often turn to fertility clinics to improve their chances of having a baby.
And now one local clinic has a new way to improve the chances of success.
The Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine in Chesterfield has the only Embryoscope in the region.
It`s an expensive piece of equipment that is supposed to improve the chances of successful pregnancy through In Vitro Fertilization.
'This is a big game changer,' said Shawn Zimmerman, Lab Director and Embryologist at MCRM Fertility.
Embryoscopes are sophisticated incubators that provide fertility doctors better information about which embryos have the best chance of leading to a live birth.
And Dawn and Mike Guhe of South St. Louis County are hoping it will finally bring them success starting a family.
'This is the technology we need to help us figure out what`s going on and why we can`t get pregnant,' said Dawn Guhe.
The Embryoscope collects information about the development of the embryo every five minutes, 24 hours a day, giving doctors a much better picture of its chances for success once transferred back into the mother.
Normally, embryos used for In Vitro Fertilization are evaluated for only a few minutes a day, once a day.
'You are able to often predict which ones have the best probability of making a baby within 48 hours of fertilization,' said Dr. Peter Ahlering, MCRM Fertility Medical Director.
Fertility clinics using an Embryoscope have seen the number of miscarriages drop between 20 to 50 percent.
'This allows me to go in not just for that one time look,' said Zimmerman. 'I can go back hour by hour and notate if there is an abnormality that I would not have caught,' he said.
Along with being more accurate, the Embryoscope also makes In Vitro Fertilization less expensive because of the time savings.
And because of its accuracy, it also substantially decreases the chance of giving birth to twins.
The Guhes have tried getting pregnant so many times, you'd think by now they might be pretty jaded.
But thanks to this new technology, their hopes for success have been reborn.
'You just want to do everything you can so you give yourself the best shot,' said Mike Guhe.
'We are hoping this gives us a better chance.'