In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was primarily designed for women with tubal form of infertility, for them pregnancy was completely impossible. But soon this method was implemented by absence of ovary and even uterus, as well as by male infertility.
The idea of in vitro fertilization method appeared in the middle of 20th century. Louize Brown – first “baby from the test-tube” was born in 1978 in England. Today there are 4 million of children who came to this world in similar way. In vitro fertilization method came to Russia in 1986. Now there are already 30 centers of in vitro fertilization in Moscow, 10 – in St. Petersburg, 8 – in Kyiv.
First Minsk Center for infertile families was created with the help of American colleagues and one of the leading European geneticists – doctor G.L. Zuckerman,MD,PhD, in 1995. It didn’t need much time to win the leading positions among similar medical centers in the CIS. But unique embryological laboratory of the center was dissolved in 1999 – by that time in was not profitable to run such an enterprise in Belarus. Equipment was moved outside the country and patients had to travel to Moscow, St. Petersburg, to the Cyprus and other countries.
Center for Assisted Reproduction “Embryo” opened in Minsk on June 1, 2001. It provides treatment for different kinds of infertility successfully using all types of assisted reproductive technologies. Pregnancy rate is 35-45% for an attempt.
This success is not pure chance. Much work was needed in order to make the Center like it is today. Leading Belarusian specialists in the area of infertility treatment and assisted reproduction work in the Center which supplied is by the most modern medical equipment. It is also very important, that all our specialists work as one high-qualified team. Doctors from “Embryo” have experience of work with the in vitro fertilization method since 1995.
Our specialists studied technologies of assisted reproduction at the Chicago Reproductive Genetics Institute, participated in internships and exchange programs in the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Cyprus.