Find Frozen Embryo Transfer Success Stories
In vitro fertilization has been used for decades to treat fertility. A key component of IVF care is the freezing and storage of embryos. Additionally, embryo storage plays a large role in fertility preservation. Fertility treatment with in vitro fertilization, or IVF, can occur over multiple cycles. Because of this, frozen embryo transfer plays a large role in treatment.
During an IVF cycle, your eggs are harvested and fertilized, resulting in embryos. Often, there are multiple embryos created as a result of this process. Due to the health risks posed to both mother and child, we encourage our patients to transfer a single embryo back to the mother. Any surplus embryos may be frozen via vitrification and stored for use during a future cycle.
Vitrification is a state of the art method of flash freezing eggs so they are not damaged by ice crystals. Ice crystals are a common problem among traditional freezing methods resulting in poor survival rates. With vitrification the survival rate for thawed embryos is 98%. This is in stark contrast to the rate with traditional freezing methods of 55%. Because of our approach to embryo freezing and storage, our success rates for IVF treatment are higher with frozen embryo transfer than with fresh embryo transfer.
For women under 35 years of age, the percent of cycles that result in a live birth is:
- 37.0% with fresh embryos
- 44.3% with thawed embryos
The same trend can be seen when using donor eggs for women of all ages:
- 62.5% with fresh embryos
- 64.4% with thawed embryos
There are several advantages to storing and using frozen embryos. The biggest advantage is limiting the number of egg retrieval cycles. Because the embryo already exists, there is no need to undergo the process of stimulating your body to produce multiple eggs through the use of fertility medication. Additionally, frozen embryos can be used at your convenience, there’s no need to precisely time your cycle as the embryo is ready when you are.
Contact us today to learn how in vitro fertilization and frozen embryo transfer can work as a part of your fertility care plan. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.