Frozen embryo transfer (FET)


People often have surplus embryos left from their previous IVF cycle. As a rule, they decide to proceed with using them for the following attempts, in this case they start their frozen embryo transfer process.

Embryo transfer is a fairly popular procedure today, which has been successfully implemented as one of the stages of the IVF program more than 30 years ago. During the vitrification, the biological material is cryopreserved very quickly without damaging it in comparison with the slow freezing that was used in the past. Сhildren born from IVF as a result of the frozen embryo transfer are as healthy as from the fresh embryo implantation.

What is a frozen embryo transfer (FET)?

Frozen embryo transfer process (embryo transfer) involves warming a vitrified embryo(s) created from the biological material of a patient or donor and transferring it to a prepared uterine cavity of a woman. There are different reasons why people decide to have the frozen embryo transfer. An unsuccessful cycle is not the only reason why patients choose this type of infertility treatment. Often, the reason is also the desire to get pregnant again after a successful cycle. Clients also prefer to keep the embryos for the future. Since fertility decreases with age, frozen embryos open up the possibility to become parents again a bit later. The preferable storage term of embryos is 3 years, however, there is no scientific evidence that the material warmed later will have the worse quality. In any case, it is always recommended to use them as soon as possible.

How the frozen embryos transfer works:

  1. The frozen embryo transfer program starts with the transportation of your embryo(s) to the clinic if they are stored elsewhere. Together with the embryos, you have to provide a full report on your embryos and the results of the medical examinations done before creating these embryos.
  2. The next step of the timeline is the preparation of the uterine lining before embryo transfer. You will receive your individual protocol and do necessary check-ups before the day of transfer.
  3. When you are ready for the procedure, the embryo will be warmed and transferred to your uterus at the same day.
  4. After that, it is necessary to rest for about 30 minutes, and then you can go home. Physical and emotional peace is recommended.

Then, you will just wait until you are ready to have a pregnancy test. The hCG test is done 14 days after the embryo transfer to confirm the pregnancy.

In 14 days after the embryo transfer the pregnancy test is done in order to see whether the pregnancy has been achieved.

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