Embryo Cryopreservation involves freezing embryos created by IVF or ICSI at sub-zero temperatures. This is typically at an embryogenesis stage corresponding to pre-implementation.
Your physician may recommend freezing embryos for several reasons, including others not listed:
- Planned during IVF to perform pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT)
- To save embryos for a future pregnancy
- During IVF, you have too large a response (ovarian hyperstimulation). Your physician may recommend freezing all embryos and performing a frozen embryo transfer in the future at a safer time
- You may freeze embryos before cancer or other medical therapy
- As a plan to delay building your family until the future while protecting yourself against changes in fertility
Embryos may remain frozen for many years. Although not every frozen embryo will thaw properly later, successful thaw rates are extremely high (>98%). You must discuss with your physician how those embryos will be used and how long you anticipate keeping them frozen.
You are probably wondering if this is the best idea for you. Embryo cryopreservation is an excellent option for many people. Our team gives resources and information for you to feel confident in the decision. We are there for you through every step of the process. Contact us to schedule a consultation today!