Frozen Embryo Transfer

Learn about the benefits of a frozen embryo transfer

Because a frozen embryo transfer produces higher implantation and pregnancy rates than a fresh embryo transfer, our Manhattan fertility center is performing more transfers of cryopreserved embryos. Frozen embryo transfers are common when hopeful parents want to use embryos from a past IVF cycle, but they are becoming more popular for first transfers.

Benefits of a frozen embryo transfer

Our Manhattan fertility center recommends frozen embryo transfers for many reasons.

  • Scheduling advantages. Unlike a fresh embryo transfer, a frozen embryo transfer allows hopeful parents to select a transfer schedule that works with their timing needs.
  • Time for hormones to normalize. The numerous ovarian stimulation medications may mean that a woman has elevated levels of certain hormones at the time of her fresh embryo transfer. These elevated hormone levels could decrease the chances of the embryo implanting. A woman is less likely to have these elevated hormone levels during a frozen embryo transfer.
  • Prevention of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). When a woman goes through an egg retrieval, and a fresh embryo transfer soon after, she has a chance of developing OHSS. A frozen embryo transfer greatly reduces this risk.
  • A more receptive uterine lining. Having more time between the egg retrieval and the embryo transfer, which a frozen embryo transfer allows, increases the likelihood that the lining of the uterus will be more favorable for the implantation of the embryo.
  • Genetic testing. A frozen embryo transfer allows our Manhattan fertility center staff to perform preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) or preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) on the embryos, which helps identify the healthiest embryo for transfer.
  • Better health outcomes for babies. Babies conceived through a frozen embryo transfer are less likely to have a low birth weight compared to babies conceived through a fresh embryo transfer.

The fertility specialist at our Manhattan fertility center are here to help women and men fully understand the improvements in embryo freezing and the resulting pregnancy success rates.

Preparation for a frozen embryo transfer

A frozen embryo transfer is easier on a woman’s body than a fresh embryo transfer because her body has time to recover from the egg retrieval before she undergoes the embryo transfer.

Preparing for a frozen embryo transfer requires the hopeful mother to take oral estrogen tablets for the two weeks leading up to the transfer. Estrogen allows the uterine lining to develop. When the lining is at least 7mm thick, the woman’s fertility specialist will test her progesterone levels to ensure she has not ovulated. The team at our Manhattan fertility center will thaw an embryo and transfer it to the woman’s uterus. Most women will also receive progesterone support after the embryo transfer.

The staff at our Manhattan fertility center looks forward to working with hopeful parents during their frozen embryo transfer cycle to help them achieve their dreams of parenthood.

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