Innovative Fertility Treatments for Hopeful Parents
Frozen Embryo, Lubbock
Infertility issues keep many hopeful parents from achieving their dreams of starting a family. Dr. Janelle Dorsett of the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock offers a full range of fertility treatment options to patients in New Mexico, West Texas, North Texas, and Oklahoma.
Our practice uses advanced techniques that have been proven through rigorous clinical trials and years of testing to safely increase the chances of conception. We combine our state-of-the-art technology with a highly-trained, informative, and compassionate staff. Reach out to us today to learn more about your treatment options during a consultation at our office.
Frozen Embryo Transfer: An Overview
Frozen embryo transfer (FET) is an innovative technique used to increase your chances of becoming pregnant. To better understand FET, it helps to take a brief look at in vitro fertilization (IVF). During this procedure, egg cells are surgically removed and are fertilized by sperm collected from the patient's partner or a donor. Once fertilized, the embryo can immediately be transferred to the woman's uterus. This procedure is also known as fresh embryo transfer, and most women undergo induction of ovulation to further increase the chances of conception.
Using frozen embryo transfer, the embryos are cryopreserved in a process called vitrification, a process of flash freezing that prevents crystallization. When a woman experiences ovulation naturally, the frozen embryo can be thawed and placed in the uterus.
Benefits of Frozen Embryo Transfer
The advantages of FET include:
- The option of delaying conception. Many women know that they want to have children, but are not at a point in their professional or personal lives where they feel ready to become a parent. FET allows us to preserve an embryo for a future IVF procedure.
- A patient or her partner may be undergoing treatment for a medical condition that could impact their fertility. FET essentially preserves fertility and makes starting a family a viable option for the future.
- No need for additional medications associated with induction of ovulation.
Our treatment is personalized depending on your unique condition and goals, and Dr. Dorsett will thoroughly review your case before determining whether FET is right for you.
The Procedure: What to Expect
Since you will already have cryopreserved embryos when you’re ready to begin treatment, FET circumvents the need for another surgical egg removal. The process begins when you call our practice and let us know that you'd like to begin a new FET cycle. Next, we determine the developmental stage of the embryos and make sure that the thickness of the uterine lining coordinates with embryonic development.
In most cases, Dr. Dorsett will prescribe hormones, like progesterone, to thicken the uterine lining. Next, the thawed embryos are placed in the uterus. We recommend women relax and restrict physical activities for a few days after implantation. Within the next two weeks, patients will be instructed to alert us of early signs of pregnancy, and will return to our center for a follow-up blood test that will screen for hormones indicating pregnancy.
Schedule a Fertility Consultation with Dr. Janelle Dorsett
We understand the stress and frustration that can accompany struggles with infertility, and we're here to help. Determining the right fertility treatment for you begins with a thorough physical examination and a careful review of your medical history. Begin exploring your options today: contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dorsett.