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What does embryonic fragmentation mean?

By Aurea García Segovia B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 03/16/2022

The head of the laboratory and embryologist at Ovoclinic Madrid tells us:

It is true that if an embryo has a lot of fragmentation it will have more difficulties when it comes to finishing its development (reaching blastocyst). For the simple reason that all that cytoplasmic material that is remaining in those fragments and that will not form part of the embryo, because it will be lost along the way, is material that will probably be needed later to form and blastocyst. So the embryos that have a high rate of fragmentation or a high percentage of fragmentation normally have less possibility of reaching blastocyst stage and, therefore, are of poorer quality and have less chance of achieving pregnancy

 Aurea García Segovia
Aurea García Segovia
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Aurea Garcia is an embryologist and is responsible for the laboratory at Ovoclinic Madrid. Aurea studied Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a Master in Assisted Human Reproduction at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Embryologist. Aurea Garcia is an embryologist and is responsible for the laboratory at Ovoclinic Madrid. Aurea studied Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a Master in Assisted Human Reproduction at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.