As reported by Parenting Magazine, our fertility experts advocate IVF protocols that reduce the chance of a multiple pregnancy and create the best chance for the birth of a singleton healthy baby. Single Embryo Transfers (SET) during IVF can boost the rates of healthy births and reduce pre-term labor as well as other multiple pregnancy-related health problems. Transferring a single embryo does not reduce the odds of conception – just as two or more embryos will not double chances.
Single Embryo Transfer (SET) Goal
The risks of transferring multiple embryos does not outweigh the benefits of a SET.
Our goal is not just to get the patient pregnant, but to have a healthy live birth. Multiple embryo transfers increase the rate of twins, which many times come with complications, such as preterm birth. We have to consider the strain this puts on the baby, mother, and even the healthcare system. – Dr. John Zhang
That’s not all. Cryopreservation of surplus embryos for future Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures is encouraged in lieu of repeated, expensive fresh IVF cycles.
Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
Freezing excess, quality embryos after a fresh IVF cycle will increase a couple’s chances of conceiving in the future. This is not even the best part. Through embryo cryopreservation technology, couples can avoid the financial and physical strain of undergoing multiple fresh IVF cycles. Look. The pregnancy success rate for a FET is higher than a fresh transfer because a woman has the opportunity to wait until her uterine lining returns to an ideal state for embryo implantation.
Benefits of the Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
Through FET, couples can try again – sooner than later – if their fresh IVF cycle fails. If the fresh IVF cycle is successful, the couple can undergo a FET at a time when they decide to have more children in the future.
Bonus Benefits of FET
- Couples can plan their family through gender selection
- Couples increase their chances for a healthy singleton pregnancy
- Healthy pregnancies have been achieved after an embryo has been frozen for up to 10 years
By utilizing world class laboratory technology, New Hope Fertility Center’s pregnancy success rates through FET has increased substantially in recent years. That’s not all. Only high quality embryos are cryopreserve to be later transferred in future FET procedures. This success rate has made FETs an increasingly popular option to consider before considering a subsequent fresh IVF cycle. Bottom Line: With FET, couples can increase their chance of pregnancy per fresh egg retrieval and ultimately save money by avoiding the expense of another fresh IVF cycle.
Frozen Embryo Transfer Procedure
To begin the FET procedure, hormone medication is administered to suppress the woman’s pituitary gland and reduce the chances of unexpected ovulation. Estrogen acts to thicken and mature the uterine lining – like the natural estrogen produced by a developing egg follicle during a normal menstrual cycle.
During estrogen administration, monitoring of the uterine lining is required.
- Transvaginal ultrasound for the doctor to evaluate the thickness of the uterine lining
- Blood tests for the doctor to evaluate the level of estrogen in the blood
Double Benefit of FET: Monitoring for timing of transfer during a FET cycle is more flexible than in a fresh IVF cycle. The FET procedure is much less stressful on patients because the transfer date can be adjusted.
Progesterone is a medication administered in preparation for the FET to make the uterine lining receptive to the implantation of the embryo.
- Progesterone matures the uterine lining
- Progesterone creates a window of implantation in anticipation of a set FET date
- Lupron injections are ceased upon the beginning of progesterone administration
- Embryos are scheduled for thaw in the laboratory
- FET is scheduled on a set date
- Progesterone is continued daily to help prepare the patient’s uterine lining for implantation of the fertilized egg – the embryo
- After the embryo transfer, a pregnancy test is scheduled on a date prescribed by the doctor through a blood draw
Healthy pregnancies have been achieved after an embryo has been frozen for up to 10 years. Pregnancy success through FETs is determined by the quality of the frozen embryo.
Single Embryo Transfer Expertise
It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized IVF treatment plan meeting your personal and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation with our fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center, call 917.525.5496.