Definition - What does Embryologist mean?

An embryologist is a reproductive health specialist, typically found in a fertility clinic or lab that is involved in reproductive research or fertility treatments. Embryologists are scientists who may facilitate testing, sample retrieval, and laboratory work for assisted reproductive technologies (ART) like in vitro fertilization (IVF).

FertilitySmarts explains Embryologist

Many individuals or couples who face infertility issues are referred to a specialty office, called a fertility clinic, for testing and treatment. During treatment at fertility clinic, a medical team is responsible for patient care. At embryologist is one member of this medical team. Embryologists play a criticcal role in all aspects of the creation and development of embryos.

Common tasks completed by an embryologist include:

  • Egg retrieval
  • Sperm washing and analysis
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  • Artificial insemination (AI)
  • Assisted hatching of embryos
  • Embryo biopsy procedure for preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)
  • Embryo transfer (ET)
  • Monitoring embryo development
  • Cryopreservation

Embryologists are scientists, not physicians, and cannot diagnose conditions or prescribe medication.

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