Many fertility clinics are now offering IVF patients time lapse technology.

Beacon CARE Fertility have always used time lapse to provide additional information with which to select the best embryo. We use EmbryoScope time lapse incubators. The EmbryoScope takes a photograph of the embryos, every 10 minutes, allowing the time that the embryo reaches every key stage of development to be assessed and providing our scientists with a detailed time-line of embryo development.

However, there are many differences in the way that this equipment is used across IVF clinics, from just an incubator to improve culture conditions, to a revolutionary way of assessing which embryo from a group is most likely to implant. If used correctly, this technology has the potential to improve pregnancy and birth rates, by improved embryo selection.

At Beacon CARE Fertility, we have vast experience of working with time lapse. Our group of IVF clinics have now celebrated over a thousand births using this technology, and this has put us in the unique position of being able to compare the time-line of embryos that have resulted in the birth of a baby, to those that have not. Interestingly, this has enabled us to identify key differences in the time-lines of those embryos that are able to result in a birth, despite their appearance. This would not be detectable without time lapse or applicable without the large amount of experience and data that our group has.

With this information, we have created CAREmaps®, a unique embryo selection model (or algorithm), based on the ideal times that an embryo should reach key stages of development. With CAREmaps®, all of your embryos will be compared to this time-line and this information will be used to select the embryo for transfer with the highest chance of becoming a baby. It is the most reliable method of non-invasive embryo selection we know.

With CAREmaps®, we have demonstrated a significant uplift in pregnancy and birth rates, compared with standard methods in all age groups.

Time lapse is an important step forward for IVF patients but it is not enough. It works most effectively when used with a live birth algorithm developed in house. CAREmaps® is supported by a huge amount of research and development and is only available at CARE clinics.