Healthcare science staff working in this field may work in one of two areas: embryology or andrology.
Embryology – staff in this field will assist with infertility treatments including assisted conception procedures, such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and will be involved in the collection and fertilisation of eggs from patients. Embryos are cultured, graded and selected for embryo transfer. Techniques associated with cryopreservation will be carried out to store patients’ samples.
Andrology – staff in this field will assist with male reproduction issues. This could include spermatogenesis (the process of sperm cell development), semen analyses, sperm function, fertilisation, contraception and cryopreservation (preserving tissues by cooling them to sub-zero temperatures).