When a female egg fertilizes with the sperm of a male partner, an embryo is formed. In an IVF treatment this procedure takes place in the laboratory under the careful supervision of the embryologist. The doctor then selects the best embryo to place in the women’s ovary and for the others, the patient may decide to freeze it for future use.
Embryo freezing is also known as Cryopreservation, the process where the unused embryo are frozen and preserved in liquid nitrogen. Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) typically uses “extra” embryos a couple has from a previous conventional IVF cycle. A cryopreserved embryo can also be a donor embryo.
Although women prefer taking it easy and lying down after the frozen embryo transfer but it isn’t necessary. Doctors allow you to walk around, exercise and perform all necessary activities as soon as the procedure is done.
Though it may seem a little uncomfortable during the procedure, women do not feel much pain normally. If there is any kind of discomfort you can take the medications prescribed by the doctor.
The schedule for frozen embryo transfer is more flexible than that of IVF. The schedule can be altered in the initial process but after the treatment has reached a certain point then the procedure has to be followed according to the time frame.
There is not much difference in the pregnancy rate from frozen or non-frozen embryos. About 70 percent of the embryos survive the thawing process and can be used for the future. Also this cost a lot less than going through an entirely new IVF cycle.
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