The Importance of the Embryologist

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The embryologist is a key member of a patient’s clinical team.  They play a crucial role in ensuring that you experience the most successful outcome possible when undergoing treatment.

Embryologists are not MDs, but they are highly trained medical professionals, usually holding a master’s degree to the specialized nature of their work. They care for gametes (sperm and eggs) and embryos in vitro.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing the lab environment
  • Analyzing a patient’s fertility
  • Freezing eggs, and/or embryos
  • Embryo creation and Biopsy
  • FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer)
  • Micromanipulation (this includes ICSI, laser assisted embryo hatching and embryo biopsy


Many can function as the andrologist within an infertility clinic, working to analyze sperm samples to identify whether male factor infertility is present.  If male factor is diagnosed and an IVF cycle is subsequently performed, then ICSI a key component the embryologist’s role as they select the sperm to be injected into the oocyte to produce the best results.

The embryologists at Laurel Fertility Care regularly attend and present at IVF conferences to stay up to date on the latest IVF laboratory technology.

Success in fertility care hinges on successful collaboration between fertility doctors, a clinic’s nurses, and the embryologists. You may not spend much face-to-face time with your embryologist team but know that they are working hard in the lab to ensure the healthy development of your embryos.

About LFC: Laurel Fertility Care offers a supportive and knowledgeable team to guide you when you are ready to pursue your dream of a family.  The decision to start a family is life-changing, full of anticipation and dreams.  As the premier boutique clinic in the Bay Area, we are dedicated to helping your family grow, offering a personalized care approach full of hope!

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