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Blastocyst culture

IVF Center Thessaloniki  >  Blastocyst culture

The term blastocyst refers to the stage of development of the embryo after 5-6 days of culture.  At this stage, the embryo is a hollow sphere, consists of 60-200 cells and its two different cell components are the “trophectoderm cells”, which become the placenta after implantation and the “inner cell mass”, which forms eventually the baby.
The decision for an extended culture at the blastocyst stage depends on the number and the quality of the embryos on the 3rd day of culture, but also on the maturity of the  endometrium.  The most common reason for having a blastocyst culture is the easier selection of the best and strongest embryos for transfer, which also give a higher chance of pregnancy.

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