Cytoplasmic transfer is one of the latest innovations in IVF treatment. Cytoplasmic transfer is a procedure that is used in combination with IVF/ICSI treatment. The main purpose of cytoplasmic transfer is to help women who suffer from infertility due to deficient or damaged mitochondria, contained within an eggs cytoplasm. Mitochondria are responsible for providing the necessary energy for cell growth. Deficient mitochondria, therefore, can lead to recurrent implantation failures and high levels of embryo fragmentation, which are causes of poor egg quality and poor embryo development, and therefore, an IVF failure.
Just like organ failures and cell damage, damage to mitochondria is observed in higher age brackets, therefore, women in early 40s are more prone to IVF failures due to damaged mitochondria. The difference between a regular IVF/ICSI cycle and the one which involves a cytoplasmic transfer is that, cytoplasmic transfer uses the patient’s own eggs, just like in an IVF cycle, but also requires an egg donor since the healthy mitochondria are to be obtained from young and healthy eggs. The younger egg donor’s cytoplasm contains healthy mitochondria and helps rejuvenate the patient’s eggs and can increase the chances of success accordingly. The main principle is, if the patient’s eggs are given a more friendly environment to grow in (donor’s cytoplasm), then the egg will have a better chance to survive, fertilize and become a higher quality embryo.
At North Cyprus IVF, we have been offering cytoplasmic transfer to our patients since 2012. Within the two year period, we have offered this treatment to a number of patients, however, the number is still insufficient for publishing statistically significant statistics. However, it will be correct to say that cytoplasmic transfer can potentially add a few percentages to the chances of success for women in their early 40s. Nevertheless, it should be kept in mind that cytoplasmic transfer is unable to correct for any genetic defects associated with the eggs themselves that may have arisen due to older age.
At North Cyprus IVF, we guarantee high quality treatment with maximum service quality standards at low cost. Our reduced costs are a direct result of the volume of patients we serve and the high-tech equipment we use which substantially reduce human mistakes and allow us to be cost efficient. For a quote, please send us a message using the contact form.