Why Choose Frozen Embryo Transfer?
If you are using in vitro fertilization to start a family, you may have already undergone a cycle of fresh embryo transfer which was unsuccessful. If you have viable frozen embryos available, you can use them next time you try to get pregnant. Alternatively, if you did have a child as a result of your fresh embryo transfer, and you would like to have a second child, you will be all set to use your previously frozen embryos for transfer. In either case, freezing your additional embryos saves time and money, not to mention the fact that you can avoid the emotional stress of repeating the complete IVF cycle from scratch.
How does frozen embryo transfer work?
In order for this process to take place, a cryopreserved embryo is thawed before being transferred into the mother’s uterus. The frozen embryo may be one left over from the mother’s previous IVF cycle, or it may have been donated by another woman. An embryo that has been thawed will usually take between one and five days to implant if it is a blastocyst transfer. A blastocyst is an embryo which has been growing for five or six days and has already developed more than one hundred cells. This extra growth time allows the doctor to choose embryos which have a higher implantation rate.
How a frozen embryo transfer can increase chances of a successful pregnancy
Choosing a frozen embryo transfer has some of the following advantages:
- A frozen embryo cycle is often easier: For many women, frozen embryo transfer is easier because there is no need to go through the emotional stress of egg retrieval.
- It reduces the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS): This condition can arise in women who have taken medication to stimulate egg growth. OHSS can cause severe illness.
- Embryo transfer allows for genetic testing. The genetic testing allows for the transplantation of embryos free from genetic mutations.
- Frozen embryos can be saved indefinitely, allowing for planning for future pregnancies.
- Frozen embryo cycles cost less than fresh cycles. Treatment is less costly because there are fewer monitoring visits and no need for medication to stimulate egg production.
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