Cytoplasmic transfer is one of the latest innovations in IVF treatment. Even though cytoplasmic transfer in itself is not a treatment method, it is a procedure than can be used alongside with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and ICSI treatments. The main purpose of cytoplasmic transfer is to aid women who suffer from infertility due to deficient or damaged mitochondria, contained within an eggs cytoplasm. As we all age, so do our cells and the contents of our cells. Mitochondrion, found in the egg cell's cytoplasm, is responsible for energy production, cell division and cellular growth. Deficient mitochondria can lead to recurrent implantation failures and high levels of embryo fragmentation, which are causes of poor embryo development, and therefore, a failed IVF cycle.
Damage to mitochondria is often observed at higher ages, therefore, women in late 30s or early 40s are more prone to IVF failures due to compromised mitochondria. Cytoplasmic transfer uses the patient's own eggs but also requires a younger patient so that a healthy cytoplasm can be obtained for cytoplasmic transfer to take place. The younger patient's cytoplasm helps rejuvenate the patient's eggs and can increase the chances of success accordingly.
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With this method, we are able to contain the genetic material of our patients' eggs, and allow this genetic material to grow in a healthier environment with a younger mitochondria present in donor egg's cytoplasm. This treatment offers patients in more advanced age brackets a higher chance of success with IVF treatment without compromising the biological connection to the offspring. However, it should be kept in mind that this method will increase your chance of success by a few percentage points, but it will not be as successful as donor egg IVF treatment, which will offer you the highest chance of success possible in more advanced ages.
At North Cyprus IVF, we offer cytoplasmic transfer in order to give you a few more percentages of success. Make sure to ask us about our cytoplasmic transfer option to find out if you are suitable for this program.
Another advantage offered by cytoplasmic IVF transfer is that, an egg donor is likely to have a higher count of oocytes compared to the patient seeking treatment. While some of the eggs produced by the egg donor are used for their cytoplasm content, the rest of the eggs can be used to fertilize and make embryos for a future possible cycle. Should your cytoplasmic IVF cycle fail, then you will have embryos made with donor eggs ready for you if you ever decide to use donor eggs in the future. Therefore, while cytoplasmic IVF provides you with a higher chance of success with your own eggs, it also offers a safety net just in case things don't go as planned and you ever decide to use donor eggs in a future IVF cycle.
Cost of Treatment: 5,500 Euros
Average Length of Stay in Cyprus: 6 Days
Average Success Rate: 4% higher than ICSI