Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
A frozen embryo transfer occurs when embryos generated in a preceding IVF cycle have undergone cryopreservation, and are thawed prior to the transfer into the uterus. When you schedule your free consultation at CARE Fertility you will meet with a fertility specialist who will take an extensive medical history of you and your partner and address all the concerns you may have.
The Process of Frozen Embryo Transfer
You may do a frozen embryo transfer (FET) at any time. This will give flexibility in choosing the month/year in which you desire to do this procedure and have the ability to plan ahead.
Step One – Prepare for Transfer
We ensure that all blood-work and procedures that are necessary to proceed are finalized. We then schedule ultrasounds to check uterine lining and evaluate estrogen and progesterone levels as necessary.
Step Two – Thawing
The process of thawing an embryo after cryopreservation has a relatively high success rate, and research suggests that women who use thawed embryos have good chances of delivering healthy babies.
Step Three – Embryo Transfer
Once the endometrium appears to be ready for the transfer a specific day and time will be provided. The embryo/embryos chosen for transfer are placed through the cervix into the uterine cavity using a small, soft catheter. This procedure usually requires no anesthesia.
Is Frozen Embryo Transfer right for me?
There are several factors that may lead a Fertility Doctor to recommend Frozen Embryo Transfer, including:
Patients who had egg freezing
Frozen Embryo Transfer is an option for those patients who have had egg freezing in the past.
Frozen Embryo Transfer is a good option for patients who need to choose the timing and plan ahead the day of their transfer.
Patients are no longer undergoing the stress of the stimulation phase of the IVF cycle.