Embryo freezing is an important part of in vitro fertilization. Understanding how embryo freezing can help you become pregnant and start a family can make the decision to freeze embryos easier.
During in vitro fertilization, it is common for multiple eggs to be fertilized in order to create viable embryos. The embryos are evaluated for quality and health with the embryo that is of the best quality transferred back into the mother. The goal is for that embryo to implant and to result in a healthy baby. The decision must be made on what to do with the surplus embryos. Freezing embryos provides a number of benefits during in vitro fertilization:
- Less fertility medication – Fertility medication is prescribed in order to promote the maturation of multiple eggs. The goal is to produce enough eggs for retrieval and fertilization. Having frozen embryos on hand means that there is no need to endure fertility medication during subsequent cycles. Instead, the frozen embryos are thawed at the appropriate time during a cycle and implanted. Additionally, frozen embryos may be used down the line when you’re ready to grow your family again.
- Less waiting between cycles – Women who use fertility medication often have to wait between cycles. This is because fertility medication can have a negative effect on the uterine lining which can make it harder to support a pregnancy. Using frozen embryos means that the uterine lining will not be damaged and no waiting period is necessary between cycles.
- Fewer unknowns – When vitrification is used, embryos have a survival rate of the freezing and thawing process of 98 percent. This level of confidence helps eliminate the worry associated with not knowing how many embryos are viable and suitable for pregnancy.
For additional information on embryo freezing or to learn how in vitro fertilization can be a part of your personalized fertility plan, contact New Hope Fertility Center today. New Hope was among the first fertility centers to use vitrification to preserve eggs and embryos, giving couples additional options to start a family. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.