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Frozen Embryo Transfer

What is a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)?

If you have high-quality frozen embryos, you can use those embryos for subsequent transfers, even if those embryos were made at another clinic.

(FET) is a common procedure in IVF where frozen embryos from a previous IVF cycle are thawed and transferred into the uterus. FET can be beneficial for several reasons, including an increase in the success rate of implantation due to the selection of only the highest-quality embryos. FET is also a great option for those who want to control the timing of their pregnancy, as frozen embryos can be stored for years before being transferred.

The Pinnacle difference

Frozen Embryo Transfers with Pinnacle

  • Pinnacle embryologists have high prior freeze-thaw survival rates and are skilled in correctly determining the embryo grade before and after the thaw.
  • Enhanced Flexibility and Convenience: FET offers the flexibility to schedule embryo transfers at a time that best suits patients' physical and personal circumstances. This approach allows for better preparation and timing, potentially increasing the chances of a successful pregnancy.
  • Increased Success Rates with Advanced Freezing Techniques: Modern freezing techniques, such as vitrification, preserve embryos with minimal risk of damage, maintaining their viability and quality. This results in high success rates for FET, comparable to fresh embryo transfers.
  • Optimized Patient Health and Safety: With FET, the transfer is delayed, ensuring a safer and more favorable uterine environment for implantation and improving the overall success and safety of the treatment.
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Who Is FET Right For?

Many benefit from frozen embryo transfers (FET), including:

  • IVF Patients with Excess Embryos: After an IVF cycle, if there are high-quality embryos remaining after the fresh transfer, these can be frozen for future use. FET is ideal for individuals or couples who wish to attempt another pregnancy without undergoing a full IVF cycle again.
  • Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) Candidates: Couples who opt for genetic testing of their embryos may use FET. Embryos are frozen while awaiting genetic test results, and then a healthy embryo is selected for transfer.
  • Failed Fresh IVF Cycle: For those who have undergone a fresh embryo transfer with IVF but did not achieve pregnancy, FET offers another opportunity to use their frozen embryos.
  • Fertility Preservation: Individuals or couples who need to delay pregnancy due to cancer treatment, surgery, or other personal reasons may freeze embryos for future use.
  • Same-Sex Couples or Single Individuals: FET is also an option for same-sex couples or single individuals who wish to have children, using donor sperm or eggs.
  • Secondary Infertility: Couples who had a successful pregnancy in the past but are facing difficulties conceiving again can use FET if they have previously frozen embryos.

The Frozen Embryo Transfer Journey

Step 1

Thawing & Grading Frozen Embryos

The frozen embryos from your previous IVF cycles are thawed in the Pinnacle Fertility laboratory. Once the embryo has thawed, highly skilled embryologists will examine it under a microscope and grade it to select the best embryos and maximize your chances of success.

Step 2

Embryo Transfer

After thawing and grading, the next step in the frozen embryo transfer process is the transfer procedure. Our embryologist will pick the highest-graded embryos using ultrasound imaging for guidance and gently place the selected embryos into the patient's uterus. This quick outpatient procedure requires no sedation and feels similar to a pap smear.

Step 4

Pregnancy Testing

Roughly two weeks later, you'll return to the clinic for an HCG pregnancy test. In the case of a positive result, your navigator and provider will closely monitor your pregnancy's progression through regular lab work and ultrasounds until you're ready to transition to an OB/GYN for ongoing pregnancy care. If the pregnancy test is negative, we will arrange a follow-up appointment to explore and discuss your next steps.

Step 3

Medication Boost

Following the embryo transfer process, you may be prescribed medication to support the implantation and increase the likelihood of pregnancy.

Thawing & Grading Frozen Embryos

The frozen embryos from your previous IVF cycles are thawed in the Pinnacle Fertility laboratory. Once the embryo has thawed, highly skilled embryologists will examine it under a microscope and grade it to select the best embryos and maximize your chances of success.

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Embryo Transfer

After thawing and grading, the next step in the frozen embryo transfer process is the transfer procedure. Our embryologist will pick the highest-graded embryos using ultrasound imaging for guidance and gently place the selected embryos into the patient's uterus. This quick outpatient procedure requires no sedation and feels similar to a pap smear.

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Medication Boost

Following the embryo transfer process, you may be prescribed medication to support the implantation and increase the likelihood of pregnancy.

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Pregnancy Testing

Roughly two weeks later, you'll return to the clinic for an HCG pregnancy test. In the case of a positive result, your navigator and provider will closely monitor your pregnancy's progression through regular lab work and ultrasounds until you're ready to transition to an OB/GYN for ongoing pregnancy care. If the pregnancy test is negative, we will arrange a follow-up appointment to explore and discuss your next steps.

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frozen Embryo Transfer FAQs

Yes, you can often select which frozen embryo to transfer during a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycle. Your provider will discuss with you the details of your available embryos, including their quality and developmental stage and your preferences. However, the final decision may also consider the recommendations of your provider and embryologist to maximize the chances of a successful pregnancy.

The success rate for FET can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the age and quality of the frozen embryos and the individual patient's unique fertility factors. In general, studies have shown that the success rate for FET is comparable to fresh embryo transfer. It is important to discuss your specific situation with your provider to understand your potential likelihood of success with an FET cycle.

It is possible to do multiple FET cycles, as long as there are frozen embryos available. However, it is important to discuss with your provider the potential risks and benefits of multiple FET cycles before making a decision.

An FET cycle can be done at any time, as long as your frozen embryos are available and viable for thawing and transfer. However, it is important to discuss with your healthcare provider if an FET is the best option for you, as there may be other factors to consider in deciding whether or not to pursue an FET cycle.

Another factor to consider is the age of your frozen embryos. Embryos can typically be frozen for several years before their viability begins to decrease, but it is important to discuss this with your healthcare provider and fertility clinic.

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Yes, you can often select which frozen embryo to transfer during a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycle. Your provider will discuss with you the details of your available embryos, including their quality and developmental stage and your preferences. However, the final decision may also consider the recommendations of your provider and embryologist to maximize the chances of a successful pregnancy.

The success rate for FET can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the age and quality of the frozen embryos and the individual patient's unique fertility factors. In general, studies have shown that the success rate for FET is comparable to fresh embryo transfer. It is important to discuss your specific situation with your provider to understand your potential likelihood of success with an FET cycle.

It is possible to do multiple FET cycles, as long as there are frozen embryos available. However, it is important to discuss with your provider the potential risks and benefits of multiple FET cycles before making a decision.

An FET cycle can be done at any time, as long as your frozen embryos are available and viable for thawing and transfer. However, it is important to discuss with your healthcare provider if an FET is the best option for you, as there may be other factors to consider in deciding whether or not to pursue an FET cycle.

Another factor to consider is the age of your frozen embryos. Embryos can typically be frozen for several years before their viability begins to decrease, but it is important to discuss this with your healthcare provider and fertility clinic.