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Below, find a brief outline of the IVF process, stages of oocyte/embryo development, and specialized techniques we offer through the Cleveland Clinic IVF program. Click on each stage for a photo and description of the IVF process.
The embryo should divide each day going from a single cell to over 100 cells by the time it attaches to the uterine wall at the blastocyst stage.
Morula 16-32 cells
During early blastocyst development, fluid starts to fill embryo. The embryo starts to expand like a balloon. To implant, the embryo must escape from the shell surrounding it. This is called "hatching".
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