How artificial intelligence can increase the success rate of IVF

Health experts claim that AI – artificial intelligence – could improve the success rates of IVF – the acronym for in vitro fertilization.

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The technology is used to help select embryos and personalize treatment to improve the chances of fertilization, experts explain.

The increase in the use of the technology comes after a recent report by the World Health Organization shows that around 17.5% of adults, or one in six, are affected by infertility.

AI is applied in in vitro fertilization as an assisted reproductive technology known as IVF.

Worrying data, one in six adults affected by infertility

A growing number of healthcare professionals are using artificial intelligence to solve the infertility problem that affects millions of people around the world, with one in six adults facing it, according to the latest figures.

Dr Shiva Harikrishnan, Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Medcare Women and Children Hospital in Dubai, explained that AI is helping clinicians develop personalized reproductive treatment strategies.

“AI methods are being used to improve the selection and prediction of sperm cells, oocytes and embryos and to generate better predictive models for IVF treatments,” Dr. Harikrishnan told The National.

IVF is the process of extracting and fertilizing eggs outside the body, followed by embryo transfer into the uterus.

“Only 2% of couples are technically unable to conceive naturally”

Sophie Smith, founder and chief executive of Nabta Health, a women’s health clinic in Dubai, said efforts are being made to improve IVF’s variable success rates: “Given that only 2% of couples are technically unable to conceive naturally – due to genetic incompatibility or physical disability – I would suggest that these (IVF success rates) are low.”

The quoted source also mentioned that AI and machine learning are being used to improve embryo selection, personalize treatment plans and increase IVF success rates.

The technology chooses the eggs and sperm with the best chance for IVF

“AI algorithms analyze embryo images for features such as morphology, symmetry and developmental stages”added Dr. Harikrishnan.

By comparing these traits with historical pregnancy data, AI helps select embryos with the highest probability of success, improving selection efficiency and accuracy while reducing the risk of genetic abnormalities or developmental problems.

Dr. Harikrishnan also said the technology determines which eggs and sperm have the best chance of developing into an embryo, and in turn, which embryos have the best chance of surviving in the womb.

Artificial intelligence has overtaken clinical teams: ‘eliminates subjectivity’

The results of a study published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, compared embryo selection between AI and human specialists.

The study indicated that AI models can more accurately predict the likelihood of successful clinical pregnancies: “AI has consistently outperformed clinical teams in studies focused on embryo morphology and clinical outcome prediction during embryo selection evaluation”.

Basically, artificial intelligence has the potential to help embryologists quickly and accurately assess the health of gametes (sperm in males, eggs in females) and embryos.

Clinical evaluation is currently based on identifying early signs of quality by direct visual inspection of gametes or by using images and videos.

“AI would remove human subjectivity from this process by providing an objective assessment of gamete quality based on defined criteria,” Dr. Harikrishnan also mentioned.

“If we don’t embrace technology, only the rich will be able to start families”

AI egg selection is still in testing, but other emerging technologies could help couples conceive in the meantime.

Nabta Health, for example, offers an online platform specifically designed for women to research health conditions, track their health and purchase feminine products or tests.

“(People) need to embrace technologies that allow couples to conceive naturally and cheaply from home”says Sophie Smith.

Diagnio, a UAE-based company that aims to make women’s health diagnosis an easy, lab-accurate, at-home experience, uses saliva-based tests to track ovulation, identify fertility risks, reduce stress and maximize chances of conception .

If we don’t embrace these technologies, in a generation or two, we’ll find ourselves in a position where only the wealthiest among us will be able to raise families.” concluded Sophie Smith referring to how artificial intelligence AI can help in vitro fertilization – IVF.