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Bay IVF - Advanced Reproductive Care                                Palo Alto  650-322-0500


Safeguarding Your Eggs, Sperm, and Embryos

By Francis Polansky, M.D.

Our bodies, eggs, sperm, and especially embryos, are very susceptible to air quality in our surroundings.

It has been a known factor for at least the last 20 years that air quality (concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds – VOC’s in the air) in the IVF laboratory and clinic has a decisive impact on the development of human embryos. This has now become increasingly important due to the air quality from all the smoke and fires raging around the Bay Area.

Our air purification system is the state of the art and multilayered. The rooms surrounding our IVF laboratory have the lowest concentration of VOC’s possible, and another stage of air purification renders the IVF laboratory atmosphere nothing but pristine.

IVF laboratories must anticipate, and prepare for, power outages and natural disasters. In the event of a power outage, our clinic building has two powerful automatic backup generators capable of providing electricity for an unlimited length of time.

Another crucial aspect of an embryology laboratory is safeguarding the identity of patients’ sperm, eggs, and embryos. At Bay IVF, all details of your treatment, including information about your cryopreserved embryos in our liquid nitrogen storage tanks, are indefinitely stored in both paper form as well as digitally, with continuous backup on a secure server.

Even with all the smoke and fires around us, your eggs, sperm, and embryos are well-protected at Bay IVF.


September 2020



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