Misinsemination

Misinsemination

I've heard about cases where the sperm from a patient other than the husband was accidentally used to inseminate a woman instead of using her husband's sperm. How does your practice prevent "misinseminations"?

Our staff is meticulous with our insemination and fertilization procedures to ensure that a "misinsemination" never happens. In fact, many of the procedures used by our laboratory staff to identify and label sperm and egg specimens are seen as the "gold standard" and have been implemented in clinics around the world. Each instrument used during a cycle to house eggs or sperm specimen has the patient's first and last name etched into the surface of the glass so there is no chance of the name being removed from the container. In an IVF cycle, each couple is given their own shelf in an incubator to keep their embryos separate from the other embryos used by couples going through the same cycle and there is never a time in the laboratory when more than one couples' specimens are out of the incubator. All IUI and IVF procedures are done one case at a time and all name labels are checked and rechecked by at least two embryologists or andrologists before any action is taken.

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