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Frozen Embryo Transfer

In Vitro Fertilization + FET

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) may be chosen if genetic testing of embryos for chromosomal abnormalities or gender selection is desired. Women desiring to avoid birth control may safely freeze embryos (cryopreserve) for later use in a FET cycle.

 

In fact, IVF + frozen embryo transfer includes a multitude of benefits.

 

  • Much lower cost than full IVF cycle

  • Less time consuming/ fewer monitoring appointments

  • Less complex treatment

  • No anesthesia or egg retrieval

  • No risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

  • Higher success rates

Frozen Embryo Transfer Process

Whenever a patient has frozen embryos the patient can choose to complete an FET cycle, which takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

 

Depending on ultrasound and blood test results, injections of estrogen are then started to build the uterine lining. Throughout the cycle a patient will have regular monitoring appointments to check that the hormone levels are appropriate and the endometrial lining has thickened. Progesterone is also added to daily medication regime.

 

Once the Frozen Embryo transfer is complete, daily estrogen and progesterone injections must be continued for about two weeks.

 

Because of the benefits FET has to offer, this tends to be a popular assisted reproductive method for some. Of course, every patient is different so discussing the best fertility treatment with a fertility specialist is highly advised.

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