Microfluidic sperm sorting chips
Microfluidic Sperm Sorting is a laboratory method designed to separate healthy and motile sperm. The aim is to obtain sperm that are suitable for IVF or IUI. Sperm selection takes place naturally by active passage through a membrane.Book a consultation
Treating male infertility
Male infertility is very common. The Microfluidic Sperm Sorting method is one way of addressing this issue. This method does not require the pre-treatment of sperm (washing and centrifugation). As a result, sperm are protected from damage and there is no risk of contamination. This increases the success of the IVF cycle.
How does it work?
The Microfluidic Sperm Sorting chip has two chambers.
The first chamber has an inlet port for the sperm sample and a fluid channel, which is separated from the second chamber by a microporous membrane.
The dimensions of the channel and porosity of the membrane are designed to sort and collect the best quality sperm after incubation at 37 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.
Other laboratory methods
ICSI is the injection of sperm directly into an egg. This significantly increases the chance of fertilisation.More information
We can increase the chances of pregnancy by selecting only the best quality embryos for transfer. We can identify these through continuous monitoring in EmbryoScope.More information
The PICSI method is an improvement of the ICSI procedure. Only specifically selected sperm are used for fertilisation and these are injected directly into the egg. PICSI increases the chances of pregnancy and reduces the risk of miscarriage.More information
In the absence of live sperm in the ejaculate, there is the possibility of obtaining sperm surgically from the epididymis (PESA or MESA) or testis (TESE).More information
This method is used to disrupt the protective envelope (outer shell) of the embryo in order to make it easier to implant (nest) in the uterus.More information
Methods of infertility treatment
IVF using donor eggs
If a woman cannot conceive and her partner's sperm are healthy, we use donor eggs fertilised with the partner's sperm.More information
IVF using donor embryos
Donated eggs and donated sperm are used for in vitro fertilisation.More information
IVF using donor sperm
For couples who cannot conceive naturally and the woman's eggs are healthy, we can use donor sperm from a suitable anonymous donor to fertilise the eggs.More information
IVF using own eggs
We recommend IVF if the couple cannot conceive naturally.More information