Embryo freezing is growing in popularity as more and more women look to have children later in life. By storing embryos in their prime reproductive years (35 and younger), women are able to stop their biological clock. The quality of a woman's eggs declines significantly after 35 and her chances of getting pregnant naturally is reduced. Through embryo cryopreservation a woman can get pregnant when she is ready to have a family.
Embryo transfer is the final step in an IVF Cycle. During the transfer, a catheter is placed directly into a woman’s uterus and the embryos are transferred. This is similar to a Pap smear procedure. Most fertility centers will have you remain at the center for an hour after the procedure, lying on your back to assist with the embryo attaching to the uterine lining. When home, you should rest for the remainder of the day. While this is not the same as bed rest, the goal is to remain lying down and move as little as possible.
Traditionally, in vitro fertilization transferred multiple embryos in an attempt to improve success rates. The theory was that the more embryos transferred, the more likely that one embryo would implant, resulting in pregnancy. Research and improvements in fertility medicine have shown this is not the case.
At the age of 43, I came in a bit late to the baby making process. I, as with many New York women, was a workaholic for 20 years, and the timing never seemed right to begin having a family. I began the IVF process at a larger NY institution and did two rounds of IVF trying with my own eggs. I had no problem producing eggs, but the quality was never good. On the verge of trying a 3rd round of IVF at the same institution, the protocol was going to be the same, so my gut told me not to continue there. A friend at the wonderful RESOLVE Support Group suggested I try New Hope because of the Mini-IVF™ (customized minimal stimulation IVF protocol) process they do.