Most people take for granted the idea that they will be able to conceive when the time is right. Unfortunately, there are fertility problems that can make conceiving naturally difficult. Fortunately, there are fertility treatments that help individuals overcome the struggles of infertility so they can experience the joys of parenthood.
At her fertility practice, Dr. Janelle Dorsett offers a wide range of fertility treatments, including frozen embryo transfer, which involves placing a previously harvested embryo into the uterus. Here, we discuss the differences regarding fresh vs. frozen embryo transfer at our Lubbock, TX reproductive center. Dr. Dorsett can provide patients with further information to help them decide which of these options may be right for their unique situation.
Fresh Embryo Transfer
Fresh embryo transfer is a procedure that takes place during IVF treatment. IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is an assisted reproductive treatment that involves stimulating the ovaries, harvesting eggs, fertilizing the eggs outside of the body, and then transferring the embryo(s) into the uterus. This transfer is known as “fresh” embryo transfer because the embryo is implanted into the uterus as soon as it is ready, typically on either day three or day five of fertilization.
Fresh embryo transfer, as a part of IVF, greatly increases the chance of pregnancy for patients who have experienced a wide range of fertility problems. Fresh embryo transfer may be the ideal fertility treatment for patients who have decided that they are ready to become pregnant as soon as possible.
Frozen Embryo Transfer
Frozen embryo transfer also involves the implantation of a fertilized egg. However, rather than implanting a freshly fertilized embryo, this procedure uses an embryo that has been previously harvested. This treatment allows patients to collect and fertilize eggs, and then cryopreserve them for future use.
When the patient is ready to undergo treatment, the frozen embryo will be thawed and placed in the uterus. At the time of implantation, there is very little preparation that is needed. We generally provide hormones to ensure the uterine lining is sufficiently thick. We then coordinate the thickness of the uterine lining with the development of the embryo to ensure optimal timing of the implantation.
Frozen embryo transfer is preferred by patients who are not quite ready to become a parent, but who want to keep the possibility open for the future. This option of delayed conception allows patients to plan for parenthood while taking into consideration their careers, professional lives, and even any medical conditions.
Frozen embryo transfer is also ideal for patients that had additional healthy embryos left from a previous IVF cycle. Rather than undergoing the entire IVF process again, patients can use their frozen embryos during additional attempts to get pregnant.
Both fresh and frozen embryo transfer are ideal options for patients who have experienced fertility problems. Dr. Dorsett can discuss each of these treatments in further detail and recommend an appropriate treatment plan based on each patient’s unique needs and desires.
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Infertility can cause a lot of stress and heartache, but at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett offers a range of fertility treatments that can renew hope for her patients. If you’d like to learn more about these services, and how they can increase your chance of becoming a parent, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.