Waterstone Clinic was the first clinic to introduce a successful blastocyst culture programme to Ireland.
A blastocyst is a developmental stage for the embryo, usually reached by Day 5. Once the embryo develops (by Day 3), it can be “cultured” or “grown” to a blastocyst by Day 5. Allowing the embryos to culture, or develop, further to Day 5 or 6, gives the embryologists valuable information about the embryos and is very helpful to them when they are selecting the best embryo(s) for embryo transfer. Blastocysts can also be frozen very successfully for future treatments.
Our successful blastocyst culture programme led to Waterstone Clinic’s elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) programme where, for patients with a good prognosis, only one blastocyst embryo is transferred at a time. The eSET programme is the gold standard practice by international regulatory bodies. The aim of the eSET programme is that by only transferring one blastocyst embryo at a time, the incidence of twin pregnancies (which are known to have more complications for mothers and babies) is reduced without reducing the chance of success overall. The programme also gives patients more opportunities for pregnancy: embryos are stored for future use, giving a very high chance of a second baby.
The e-SET programme at Waterstone Clinic is highly successful. Currently, the live birth rate for first-time IVF/ICSI treatment is 62% for women aged 40 and under.
Our advances in vitrification and excellent success rates mean that e-SET is an effective and safe way to build families, one healthy baby at a time.