The question often asked is whether an embryo to implant in the maternal womb. The focus is on stimulating f the endometrium by music which can help to increase the pregnancy rate and also reduce the risk of abortion.
Babypod is a vaginal device that is very easy and safe to use. It is placed as a tampon and connected to the music via mobile phone. Many pregnant women are in fact already making use of it in order to communicate with their babies.
Studies have been conducted with the view to improve the quality of embryos, but there are very few regarding embryo implantation.
Many implemented treatments have indeed failed to prove their effectiveness, for example, endometrial scratching, uterine cavity surgery, anti-parental antibodies do make use of different medication such as anticoagulants. Therefore, one wants to know if musical vibrations can also improve endometrial receptivity.
Fertility experts are indeed constantly striving hard to create the optimum environment for fertilization in a lab. The goal is to recreate, as far as possible, similar conditions inside the human body. Factors such as the culture medium, light, temperature, and air quality are well studied as well as understood, but they may only be the beginning. It has been observed that playing music in the incubator may significantly improve fertilization rates.
The control group eggs are placed in a normal incubator, while the other group was put into a special incubator which had been wired for sound. The idea is to develop a system which has streamed music inside the incubator at up to 80 decibels for 24 hours a day.
Efforts were on to compare the groups to see if there was a difference in fertilization rates between eggs incubated in silence and the eggs incubated to music.
Three various types of music were played, to try to determine if a difference in musical styles had any noticeable effect. Pop, classical, as well as hard rock tracks were streamed into the incubators and the researchers did look for variations which might have been caused by the frequency of the musical beat.
It was discovered that the group of eggs incubated in the musical incubator had an almost 5% improvement in fertilization rates. This is indeed a statistically significant difference, and it is the first time that anyone had proven a link between music and IVF fertilization.
How does music improve the fertilization rates of embryos in an IVF lab?
Embryos at a very early stage have no ears or sense of hearing, so it cannot be on account of aesthetic preference. The researchers, of course, do not know for sure, but their hypothesis is that it is the musical vibration which does make all the difference. When fertilization does take place within the body, oocytes and embryos are moved through the fallopian tubes towards the uterus by a very gentle series of cellular contractions, known as peristalsis. These movements do push the embryo on its way, but also these push nutrients towards them and metabolized waste away from them.
The music can mimic or replacing the peristaltic movements. This gentle “stirring” of the culture media could also help to distribute nutrients more evenly and could also prevent toxic metabolites such as ammonia or free radicals from accumulating around the given embryo. No doubt further research is indeed required, but the findings are rather significant enough to change the way many IVF clinics do currently incubate embryos in their labs.
Much hope has been invested in every IVF cycle and fertility researchers are continually searching for new ways to boost fertilization rates and also encourage the health and strength of the resulting embryos. These findings are another step along the way towards more effective, successful IVF cycles for patients all across the world.