Double the chance of pregnancy thanks to VUB start-up Fertiga


In vitro fertilisation (IVF) can help women unable to naturally conceive to have a child. However, even if this expensive treatment is successful right away, it is still arduous for the couple. New technology developed by Fertiga ensures an enhanced success rate and increased comfort, while also highlighting Belgium's position as a leader in the field of fertility research.

Women facing fertility issues usually opt for hormone treatment to fulfil their desire to have children. On average, a dozen or so eggs are harvested and fertilised. After a visual check, the doctor will then implant the embryo presenting the best morphology. However, this is not always necessarily the strongest embryo. Scientists at the VUB have now developed a test to select the most suitable egg cells possible.


The cells surrounding the removed egg cells play a crucial role in the new test, as they provide an excellent indication of how the latter have developed and thus their quality. Those with the highest quality score, as also determined by the conventional inspection, are fertilised and replaced. The results are astonishing, with the pregnancy rate doubling to as much as 61% at the first attempt!


From a medical and health standpoint, the benefits are considerable, resulting in less physical and mental strain for the parents, saving them both time and money.