FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER
Find out about frozen embryo transfer at our fertility clinic to fulfil your dreams of building your family.
WHAT DOES IT CONSIST OF?
FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER SUCCESS RATES
At Ovoclinic we have above average success rates.
We are also backed by more than 20 years of experience and a team of more than 100 professionals specialized in highly complex assisted reproduction treatments.
WHO IS IT FOR?
- Couples that have vitrified embryos from previous cycles.
- Couples who resort to embryo donation.
- Couples who resort to genetic diagnosis with delayed transfer.
- When certain indicators have altered levels such as high oestradiol and progesterone, endometrial thicknesses above or below optimal values, personal decisions.
STEPS OF FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER
As in a cycle with fresh embryos, the patient must undergo an estrogen-based endometrial preparation treatment so that the endometrium presents the appropriate thickness on the day of transfer.
Embryos of good quality from previous treatments remain preserved in liquid nitrogen tanks, at a temperature of -196º C, which allows their qualities to remain intact.
A few hours after thawing, the embryo is transferred to the patient’s uterus. This process is performed following the same procedure as with fresh embryos, so it is completely painless and does not require the patient to be sedated.
Several days after the transfer, a blood test is performed to determine the value of this hormone to control pregnancy.
What is the name and what does the freezing technique consist of?
The process is known as vitrification and it is a technique that combines rapid cooling rates with high concentrations of cryoprotectant, allowing a higher survival rates and the subsequent implantation of embryos.
Why are pregnancy rates with frozen embryo transfers sometimes better than those with fresh embryos?
The hormonal environment in the uterus is very important and it has been seen that sometimes it can affect the uterine implantation. This is the reason why in certain cases a decision is made to postpone fresh transfer and perform a frozen embryo transfer at a later date.
Do children born from a frozen embryo transfer have a higher risk associated with having a disorder?
According to various studies, children born by this technique do not present greater risks compared to fresh transfers.
WHAT IS THE PROBABILITY OF A POSITIVE OUTCOME WITH TRANSFER OF TWO EMBRYOS?
At Ovoclinic, we study each case in an individual and completely personalised way. As such, the decision to transfer two embryos depends heavily on the couple or the woman who is undergoing the treatment. In our laboratories we culture embryos to the blastocyst stage, which allows us to have high success rates with single embryo transfers.
Our medical team will help you to decide which is the most suitable course of action for your case and find the best solution to achieve a successful pregnancy, but we always respect the autonomy and decisions of our patients.
WHEN CAN A SECOND TRANSFER OF FROZEN EMBRYOS BE PERFORMED?
A second attempt at frozen embryo transfer can be made when the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) is newly prepared to favour embryo implantation and increase the chances of pregnancy.