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What Are the Symptoms Experienced After a Frozen Embryo Transfer?

May 2, 2022 10:19 am

Frozen Embryo Transfer is a procedure that individuals might opt for if they want to try again to conceive after a failed IVF attempt or wish to extend their family. It involves the use of unused, cryopreserved embryos from a previous IVF cycle which makes the process much simpler. This eliminates the need for egg retrieval so no surgery is needed. Instead, you will need to take hormones to build your uterine lining. If you are thinking about having this procedure, here are the symptoms that you should be aware of. What to Expect After a Frozen Embryo Transfer? After a FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer), you may have vaginal bleeding, slight pain, and discharge from the cervix. These are fairly... View Article

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What Happens After an Embryo Transfer?

April 27, 2022 12:01 pm

Once embryos are transferred into the uterus, it typically takes 10 days until hCG levels are high enough to detect on a pregnancy test. However, many of our patients prefer to know what should be happening at each day so they can imagine the progress and look forward to that final day when they can see if the treatment has been successful. In some cases, patients experience a false negative on day 10 and it is always worth taking additional pregnancy test 2-4 days afterwards. Day by Day After a 5-Day Transfer Once your embryos have been transferred, you are essentially waiting for them to implant and for certain hormone levels to rise to order to sustain the pregnancy. This... View Article

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How to Prepare for Your Embryo Transfer

May 11, 2020 9:19 am

In the same way that a seed needs the right conditions and nutrients in order to grow, so does an embryo in order to develop into a healthy baby. This is why, when preparing for IVF, it is so important to nourish your body and take proper care of yourself. By making some simple changes to your lifestyle, taking the right vitamins and reducing your stress levels, you can help to increase your chances of falling pregnant. Read on for our top tips on preparing your body for your embryo transfer… Lifestyle Before undergoing fertility treatment, it is important to pay close attention to your diet and lifestyle to help increase your chances of conception, as well as a healthy... View Article

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All You Need to Know About Frozen Embryo Transfers

January 6, 2020 9:09 am

In recent times, Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) have become increasingly more successful and therefore far more prevalent amongst patients. FETs are only possible after an IVF cycle where there are unused embryos. People who want to continue with fertility treatment will then have to decide whether they use their stored embryos in a FET cycle or start another IVF cycle. Retaining the frozen embryos is useful for preserving a woman’s fertility, whilst prioritising the FET increases the chance of pregnancy per egg retrieval. This will help you save both money and time in cases where you require numerous cycles to achieve pregnancy. FETs with vitrified embryos should not be confused with fertility preservation using vitrified eggs. The latter is for... View Article


Implanting Two Embryos Could Reduce Chances of Pregnancy

September 25, 2017 9:34 am

Implanting two embryos during IVF has been the default technique for certain groups in order to maximise the chances of pregnancy, especially in the past when techniques were less refined, or with clinics or countries which are not so concerned with the problems associated with multiple pregnancies. A recent research programme shows that if one of the embryos is of lower quality than the other it can actually reduce the chances of successful implantation and pregnancy by up to 27%. Experts have previously believed that the body may focus on the better embryo, but these researchers have now suggested that the body may reject pregnancy altogether based on the quality of the poorer embryo rather than selecting the best candidate.... View Article

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The Great Egg Freeze – The Tipping Point for Egg Freezing?

September 1, 2017 9:12 am

Last month BBC Radio 4 repeated a documentary on egg freezing and the opportunities now available for women to delay conception. Sometimes heralded as fertility insurance, it is important that people are realistic about the prospects of conceiving from frozen eggs, and explains the process fully so that women know both what happens when they have the eggs harvested and how they will be thawed, fertilised, and implanted if and when they are required. Fertility treatments are now even offered by some employers to retain women of child-bearing age and support them – the idea (they say) is that they do not have to choose between their career and fertility, egg freezing can promise both. There are incidences where fertility... View Article

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Transferring One Embryo or More – Weighing the Risks

June 19, 2017 12:59 pm

As part of your fertility treatment, you may have to decide whether to transfer one embryo or more into your uterus with the hopes that they will properly implant and continue to a successful pregnancy. There are risks with each option, but it is important to fully understand the consequences of each decision so that you can make the right choice. Why Transfer More than One Embryo? If you are under 37 and otherwise healthy with no history of unsuccessful implantation, it’s likely that a single embryo transfer will be recommended. This is because multiple pregnancies are associated with higher morbidity for both the mother and foetus, and developmental problems due to prematurity. In most instances, your fertility care provider... View Article

How Long Should We Keep Embryos Alive in Laboratories?

January 24, 2017 11:42 am

Why produce embryos at all? Embryos are produced in In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) laboratories from eggs and sperm and are transplanted into the wombs (uterus’s) of their mothers a few days later. Most embryos, whether produced naturally or through IVF, fail to develop and this is why multiple embryos are produced in the IVF process – if the chances are, say, that only 1 in 6 embryos will develop into a viable baby, it is better to have 6 embryos developing in the laboratory at the start of the process rather than having 6 separate cycles of IVF, each with a single embryo. The naturally high rate of embryo failure is also the reason why people do not achieve successful pregnancies... View Article

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What Happens to the Remaining Embryos After Treatment?

January 12, 2016 2:14 pm

Embryo freezing often requires harvesting eggs and creating a number of embryos to ensure that patients have a good chance of success – not all embryos are necessarily used, so once patients successfully conceive they’re faced with the question of what to do with the remaining embryos. Of course, the embryos can be used at a later date if the patients would like more children. However, there are other options that allow the embryos to be used by the medical community or other couples to further research or have a child. What Are the Options? Choosing what to do with embryos can be an incredibly difficult decision – there are no official figures on ‘leftover’ embryos but estimates range from... View Article

Freezing Eggs vs Freezing Embryos – Which is Right for You?

July 30, 2014 8:27 am

Women who wish to extend their fertility or preserve it after undergoing medical treatments often choose to freeze their eggs or embryos to implant them later on.  There are no significant increased risks of birth defects or other problems during pregnancies that began with a frozen embryo or egg. However, the success rate for frozen embryos is much higher, which is just one of the considerations when deciding which treatment is right for you. Your Relationship If you have a partner you would like to conceive with, frozen embryos may be the better choice for your situation since they do have a higher success rate. If you do not currently have a partner, or are likely to conceive without one,... View Article