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    Frozen Embryo Transfer Process

    IVF treatment is a long-drawn process and one of the crucial steps of this infertility treatment is embryo transfer. During the IVF process, the growth of multiple eggs is encouraged through hormonal injections. These multiple eggs are then fertilised to take the form of several embryos. Since one embryo is used for transfer into the woman’s womb, the leftover embryos can be frozen for future use. This way, you can use the embryos without having to undergo multiple IVF cycles.

    What is the process of Frozen Embryo Transfer?


    The process of IVF or ICSI treatments leads to the production of multiple embryos. These leftover embryos can be frozen for future use and can be used in case of IVF cycle failure. They could also be used if the couples have had a successful IVF cycle, and wish to have more children through it.

    The typical procedure for frozen embryo transfer includes:

    • The formation of embryos through the IVF or ICSI procedure.
    • Once the eggs are fertilised by combining with the sperm, the resultant embryos are kept in the laboratory for a few more days.
    • Keeping them in a cultured dish, help them to further develop and get ready for the transfer.
    • While the normal procedure for IVF involves transferring the embryo (s) to the woman’s uterus, if the couple wishes to preserve the remaining embryos, they can do so.
    • When the woman is prepared to have the frozen embryos transferred, the embryos are taken out of storage.
    • They are then thawed and prepared for implantation into the uterus of the woman.
    • The quality of the embryos or survivability is checked before they are ready to transfer.
    • During the embryo transfer process, the woman may also be given some medication to assist in the implantation and attachment of the embryos to the uterine lining.

    At last, a pregnancy test is conducted after 12 days to assess the results of the frozen embryo transfer.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Frozen Embryo Transfer

    • How long can we freeze embryos?
    How long can we freeze embryos?

    Embryos can remain frozen and stored for years, while their quality remains intact. The freezing or cryopreserving process in the frozen embryo transfer holds the quality of the embryos and prevents any deterioration.


    • How successful is frozen embryo transfer?
    How successful is frozen embryo transfer?

    The success rate for the frozen embryo transfer differs according to the age of the patient or the age at the time they got their embryos frozen. However, typically women having the age between 25-35 have a better chance of success in frozen embryo transfer, almost 60%-70%. On the other hand, women above the age of 40 have comparatively fewer chances of success, which are 20%-30%. So it really depends on the age of the patient and other factors.


    • What is the survival rate of embryos in FET?
    What is the survival rate of embryos in FET?

    The survival rate of the embryos depends on their quality which is assessed before they are selected for frozen embryo transfer. Embryos quality is assessed through screening, and only selected embryos having the quality or zero defects are chosen for the FET or implantations. This quality is important to determine since it decides whether the frozen embryos will bear the process of thawing, and will be able to implant well into the uterine cavity. If the quality of the embryos is not good then they want to bring successful results for the pregnancy. The embryos assessed and qualified for the quality, and frozen through FET, almost have a 90% survival rate.


    • Do frozen embryos implant faster?
    Do frozen embryos implant faster?

    The fresh embryos used during the ICSI or IVF cycle get implanted into the woman’s uterus within 1-2 days of the transfer. However, the frozen embryos may take more time for implantation and can take up to 5 days to successfully get implanted into the woman’s uterus. This late implantation is called delayed implantation and is often experienced in case of frozen embryo transfer.


    • What to avoid after embryo transfer?
    What to avoid after embryo transfer?

    The doctor will usually advise the patient to avoid certain foods after the FET process. These foods may include non-vegetarian products, caffeine, alcohol, or refined foods. These are usually the foods that one has to avoid during their pregnancy. Raw animal products have chances of bacteria, and thus should not be taken to avoid allergies or diseases. Taking such foods can impact the fetus, and thus should be abstained from.


    • What is the best age to freeze embryos?
    What is the best age to freeze embryos?

    The best age to freeze an embryo is obviously a young age, which is 35 or below that. Freezing the eggs at a younger age gives you a better chance of a successful pregnancy as and when you decide to undergo the FET procedure. This does not mean you cannot have the eggs frozen after 35, since women have had success with FET at a later age also, but the success rate is rather low compared to younger age frozen embryos.

    Reach us to Know More


    If you want to know the FET process thoroughly and know if that could be the right procedure for you, then getting a consultation with our fertility experts is the best thing to do. The decision to freeze embryos is quite circumstantial as it depends on your life situation and your reproductive health as well – and with the assistance of a fertility consultant, you will be able to get all your answers related to embryo transfer.

    So give us a call at +91 9599754411, and get your video call, voice call, or personal meeting arranged now!


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