The feeling of a baby in your womb is probably life’s greatest miracle. And while most women harbour a dream of growing a little life inside them someday, sometimes, destiny has other plans.
At Cloudnine, we believe in miracles. We believe that miracles can change destiny, and over the past decade, we have worked relentlessly to innovate and create avant-garde technologies to spread the magic to as many women as possible. Create your little miracle on Cloudnine by learning about our full range of technologies. Here’s what we can do for you:
Laser Assisted Hatching (LAC): In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) can be a blessing for women who have had difficulty conceiving. IVF treatment involves the development of multiple follicles, oocyte retrieval and embryo implantation, after fertilisation. IVF has come a long way in the recent past. But despite advances in ovarian stimulation, gamete handling and assisted fertilisation methods in India, the implantation potential of embryos hasn’t seen a corresponding increase. Many clinics across the country resort to transferring multiple embryos to the uterus to compensate for the low implantation rate. But multiple embryos could mean multiple births and a higher risk of complications during pregnancy. At Cloudnine, we strive to ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy. To that end, we limit the number of healthy embryos that are implanted in the uterus, and cryopreserve the ones left over in case you need them later. This preservation process involves egg freezing and thawing, which could hamper the natural process of blastocyst hatching. LAC is a technology that stimulates the blastocyst hatching process following cryopreservation, and can increase your chances of conception significantly. It has been found to be especially effective in older women and women who have had a poor prognosis or repeated failures.
Physiological Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (PICSI): More than 90% of male infertility stems from low sperm count, poor sperm quality, or both. PICSI is a technique used during an IVF procedure, where an embryologist selects the best possible sperm cell and injects it directly into a mature egg. During the fertilisation process, several sperm cells are released into a dish containing hyaluronan drops, where the healthiest ones latch on to the hyaluronan. Hyaluronan is a protein that appears on the outer membrane of an egg, and the sperm cell mimics the journey it would have followed inside the uterus, in the petri dish. Once the embryologist identifies the best sperm from the ones that have bound themselves to the hyaluronan, the sperm is inserted into a mature egg for fertilisation. Research indicates that sperm cells that are filtered through the PICSI process display fewer chromosomal abnormalities and have greater DNA integrity.
Sperm DNA Fragmentation: DNA fragmentation sometimes occurs inside the sperm, which can lower your chances of conception. Damaged DNA in the sperm can result in infertility, recurrent miscarriages or IVF failure. If you’ve struggled with any of these conditions, consider getting a Sperm DNA Fragmentation test done for your partner. At Cloudnine, we follow the SCD approach to determine the extent of DNA fragmentation. This method studies the sperm to check whether it produces a halo of dispersed DNA loops following acid denaturation and removal of nuclear proteins. The absence of these loops implies DNA fragmentation. If your partner has damaged sperm DNA, assisted reproductive technology can help by way of extracting sperm directly from the testicles with a needle. The SCD test is a routine procedure at Cloudnine. Walk in to your nearest clinic with your partner to learn more about DNA fragmentation.
Embryoscope: Embryoscope is an advanced, cutting-edge time-lapse monitoring technique at Cloudnine, that provides digital images of an embryo every ten minutes, while the embryo is hosted in the IVF laboratory. Usually, this process lasts six days, and follows the journey of an embryo from fertilisation to implantation. Time-lapse monitoring allows embryologists to study an embryo in extraordinary detail, without removing it from the incubator. This ensures that the embryo has a conducive environment to thrive in, and doesn’t suffer from fluctuations in temperature and physical contact. An embryoscope can improve embryo viability during an IVF cycle, and a little care can go a long way.
Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing: It’s always wise to anticipate risks, especially when it comes to your baby. Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing is a procedure to check for genetic defects in embryos created through IVF technology. There are two approaches in genetic testing. Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) is a method that screens embryos of chromosomally normal genetic parents, for structural or numerical chromosomal errors. Sometimes, when one or both parents have a known genetic abnormality, a procedure known as Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis is performed to trace any potential abnormalities in the embryo. PGD has the capability to detect sex-linked disorders, single gene defects and chromosomal disorders. Genetic testing provides an alternative to the current slew of post-conception diagnostic procedures, which frequently entail difficult decisions regarding termination of a pregnancy.
With the array of fertility technologies at Cloudnine, we’ll pick a treatment that’s right for you and your partner. Let’s change destiny together. Let’s make a miracle, Momma.