20 Jul How Does a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) Work?
There are times when a couple is not ready to have another child yet there are concerns about the embryos that have been accumulated during an IVF cycle. What will happen to these embryos if they are not transferred to the woman when the cycle comes to an end? The good news is that they can be cryopreserved, and then safely stored until the woman is ready to conceive again.
When the woman makes this decision the frozen embryo can be thawed, and then the transfer to her uterus can be made when she is at the right point in her menstrual cycle. This particular procedure is called Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET).
The same steps have to be taken as that for standard embryo transfer. Which means the woman has to go through the regular blood tests and have the ultrasounds done to confirm the best time in her cycle to make the transfer. The fertility specialist may also deem that it is necessary for the woman to go on a prescribed dose of hormone medication, but this is not always necessary.
Women who are going to undergo natural FET may not have to take any form of hormone supplements, or if they do it will be minimal.
This is usually referred to as medicated FET. What it means is that hormone medication will be prescribed that will help with the preparation of the lining of uterus, so it will more readily accept the embryo that has been thawed and is ready for transplantation.
The Transfer Procedure
Once the Los Angeles fertility specialist feels comfortable the lining of the uterus is at its fullest receptiveness the transplant is ready to be performed. The embryo is not thawed out by the lab staff until the day of the transfer. The actual procedure is usually quick and simple, and does not require a hospital stay or any type of sedation.
Transfer Procedure Follow Up
Following the procedure the woman will return to her fertility specialist to have a pregnancy test done. If the test proves positive the patient now goes under the care of an obstetrician. Around the 7th week of the pregnancy this specialist should be able to detect a fetal heartbeat.
The success rate for the FET procedure is quite high. It gives women comfort in knowing that their embryos can be safely taken care of through the freezing procedure until they are ready to be used. Plus, the woman who is having this procedure done doesn’t have to go through the entire IVF cycle.
With the advancement in technology today there are advanced vitrification methods being used to freeze the embryos, which is far better than the methods used in the 1980s which were slow freezing techniques.
There is of course a cost involved to have the embryos frozen which can range around $800. Then there is the added cost for the implantation of the thawed embryo which can amount to around $4,000. Although, this will vary from one clinic to another.
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