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Pictures of IVF embryos from our in vitro fertilization laboratory

Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Gurnee & Crystal Lake, Illinois

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Fertilized human egg
Picture of IVF embryo - this is a fertilized human egg (also called oocyte)
This is the morning after IVF egg retrieval when we check eggs for fertilization
Male and female genetic material (DNA) are in the 2 pronuclei - center of the photo

 

8 cell IVF embryo on day 3
Photo of a high quality day 3 human embryo at the 8-cell stage
6 cells are visible in this plane of focus

Day 5 blastocyst for embryo transfer
This picture shows a high quality blastocyst embryo on day 5

5 day blastocyst transfer can result in high pregnancy rates with low multiple pregnancy rates

See our blastocyst transfer success rates

Pictures of eggs and sperm

Human eggs, also called oocytes

Picture of egg at IVF egg retrieval
Eggs as seen at the egg retrieval procedure
The eggs (darker area below the "E") are inside a mass of cumulus cells ("C")

Images showing examples of normal and abnormal eggs, including low quality eggs, high quality mature eggs, abnormal eggs, very immature eggs, and degenerative oocytes.

More Egg Images
Pictures of low quality & high quality eggs
Pictures of immature IVF eggs
Abnormal egg photos
Degenerative IVF egg pictures
Eggs at the egg retrieval procedure

Human sperm pictures

In the end, us men are just DNA donors. Some women would (? falsely) claim that's all we're good for! If cloning is ever perfected and applied to humans, women won't even need us for our DNA. Let's hold off on the cloning research, please...


Pictures of day one embryos

Fertilized human eggs, one-cell embryos, also called 2 pronuclear embryos or zygotes

This is what we want to see the morning after the egg retrieval in IVF cycles

Picture of an abnormally fertilized egg (triploid)

Embryos such as this must be discarded


Pictures of day 2 embryos

4-cell embryos pictures

This is what we want to see at about 48 hours after the egg retrieval procedure

2-cell embryos pictures: Multinucleation

Two embryos are shown, one is multinucleated and very abnormal, the other appears normal

2-cell embryo photos: Fragmentation

Two embryos are shown, one has some fragmentation, the other does not


Images of day three embryos

8-cell embryo picture at high magnification

This is what we want to see at about 72 hours after egg retrieval
Embryos that look like this generally have a high rate of implantation after being transferred to the uterus

Pictures of normal and abnormal day 3 embryos

One embryo has a very unusual shape. Is it to become a football star?
An example of a very fragmented and low quality embryo is also shown.


Pictures of day four morula stage embryos

Embryo images at the morula stage

This is the last stage of embryo development before it (hopefully) becomes a blastocyst


Pictures of blastocysts on day 5 to 6 of IVF embryo development

Blastocyst photos, day 5-6 embryo pictures, and blastocyst grading

The blastocyst stage is the last stage of embryo development before the embryo hatches and implants into the lining of the uterus. Blastocyst transfer can reduce multiple pregnancy risks, with high pregnancy success rates.


Other pictures of IVF embryos

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection for severe sperm deficiency (ICSI)

A series of images that demonstrates ICSI

Pictures of IVF embryos undergoing assisted hatching

Assisted hatching can improve a couple's chances for pregnancy
A series of 5 pictures demonstrates the embryo hatching procedure

Pictures of embryos of different grades - embryo quality and grading issues

IVF embryos of different grades are shown to demonstrate differences in morphologic quality (basically, how pretty they are)

Embryo grading scores relate to their potential to implant and make a viable pregnancy

Abnormalities of the embryo's shell (zona pellucida)

Three embryo images are shown:
One has a thick shell, another has an irregular shell, and the 3rd has a normal appearance

Abnormalities of the embryo's inner cells (blastomeres)

Two embryo photos are shown
One shows granular cells, the other has normal cells

Photo of a 3-cell embryo cleaving

A 4 cell "wannabee"

Images of multinucleated embryos

Two embryos are shown
A zygote with many pronuclei and a multinucleated 2 cell
These are significant chromosomal abnormalities

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