Embryos can be frozen after they are created in vitro so that they can be preserved and possibly used for IVF at a later date.
The most common reason for freezing embryos is that there are extra embryos left over after a cycle of IVF has been completed. If the cycle is not successful then the frozen embryos can be used in the next attempt. If the IVF is successful, then the embryos can be kept in case you decide to try for another baby in the future. Keeping the frozen embryos can increase the chances of success as there will be no need to collect more eggs. It can make further cycles of IVF treatment faster and easier.
You might also want to consider embryo freezing if you want to have the option of IVF in the future, for example, if you are having cancer treatment that could affect your fertility. Embryo freezing can be a better choice than freezing eggs or sperm in some cases. We can help you to decide which of these is the best option for you.
Embryos can be frozen after they have been created by in vitro fertilisation (IVF). In order to produce the embryo, it will be necessary to collect eggs and sperm from you, your partner or a donor. The eggs and sperm will be brought together in vitro (outside the body) so that fertilisation happens. The embryos will be allowed to grow for a while until they reach a suitable size for freezing or IVF. If you are ready for a cycle of IVF right away, then one or more of the embryos can be transferred into the womb. Any good quality embryos that aren’t going to be transferred can be frozen using a special process that prevents the cells from getting damaged.
Once the embryos have been frozen, they can be stored for as long as you like or until you need them for IVF, donate them for scientific research, or donate them to someone else who wants to have children. It’s important to realise that embryos won’t always survive the thawing process. However, for those that do, the success rates for IVF treatment are similar for both frozen and newly created embryos.
If you’re having IVF treatment then it’s important to think about what you will do with any remaining embryos. You might also want to consider embryo freezing for other reasons. Our fertility specialists can help you to understand the options and make the right choices. We can also ensure that your embryos are stored safely and that you get the support you need to make decisions about them in the future. We can arrange for your frozen embryos to be used if you are ready to have IVF abroad or in the UK.
Get in touch to talk to one of our fertility specialists about embryo freezing. We can provide personalised advice and arrange for your unused embryos to be stored securely.
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